Gatton VA Primary School is the first Voluntary Aided Islamic School in the Borough of Wandsworth established by the Al-Risalah Education Trust. The school operates from a split site with Y1& Y2 housed at the Balham Masjid site and the rest of the school at the main site at Tooting.
The school’s Islamic character is guided by the teachings of Qur’aan and Sunnah as understood and practiced by the Ahlus-Sunnah Wal Jamaa'ah. The Governing Body wishes to attract pupils whose parents wish them to attend a primary school with an Islamic character.
Governors are keen to ensure that children not of the Islamic faith also have an opportunity to attend the school and therefore have agreed to make up to 10 places available as non-faith places, under category B - open places.
The admissions authority of Gatton VA Primary School has 90 Reception places to offer of which 80 places will be allocated under category A: faith places and 10 places under category B: open places (open places is defined as non-faith places. Both Muslims and non-Muslims are eligible to apply under this category including parents of current pupils).
1. How do I apply?
1.a. For Category A Reception faith places, please fill the Common Application Form (CAF) of the Borough you reside in and the school Supplementary Information Form (SIF). The CAF must be submitted to your Local Council before the deadline and the SIF must be submitted to Gatton School before the deadline. Receipt for SIF should be collected and retained from Gatton School as proof of submission on time. For Category A to be a valid application, both CAF and SIF must be submitted.
1.b. For Reception Category B open places (non-faith places) please fill the Common Application Form (CAF) for the borough you reside in before the deadline. SIF is not required for this category. Note: all applicants must complete the CAF to be considered for either Category A or Category B.
2. Which category should I apply under?
This is strictly for the parents to decide. Parents are advised to carefully read the Admissions Policy and related documents which can be found on the Gatton School website and Wandsworth school admissions website. Applicants who do not qualify for a Category A - faith place will also be considered for Category B- open places. Note: Category A – 80 places, Category B – 10 places
3. When do I make the application?
If your child is born between 1 September 2017 and 31 August 2018, then you need to make your application before 15 January 2022. This is for children starting Reception class in September 2022. Late applicants will not be considered until after the initial offer day.
4. Will the completion of only one form suffice for the application to be considered?
If you are applying for a Category A faith place you will need to fill both forms (CAF and SIF). If only the CAF is filled then the application will be considered under Category B - open places.
5. What is the deadline for submitting a form?
Application forms for the category you choose should be completed and received by 15 January 2022.
6. Which Local Authority CAF do I complete?
You must complete the Common Application Form (CAF) from the local authority where you live. For example, if you live in Croydon then you must complete the Croydon CAF even though you are applying for Gatton School.