How to apply for a primary school reception class place

If you live in the borough, apply online or by using our common application form.

The benefits of applying online

  • it is quick and easy to do
  • you will get an email confirmation that your application has been received
  • the system helps you by checking for errors
  • there is no risk that your application will get lost in the post or arrive late
  • you can change your preferences of school up until the closing date
  • your details are held securely
  • you will receive an email informing you of your child's offer of a primary school place.

Obtaining a common application form (CAF)

We recommend that you apply online if possible. However, if you are unable to do this you can apply using Lewisham’s common application form. You can download this below, or they are available from the Customer Service Centre.

Applications for places at voluntary aided (church) schools are made on the same form and a supplementary form will also be required.

Up to six preferences may be listed but parents should carefully note the school's admissions criteria and judge whether the child is likely to be offered a place.

Applications requesting consideration on medical or social grounds must be accompanied by professional documentation at the time of application.

Proof of permanent home address will be requested and no priority can be given to children in the nursery of the school. 

If you are resident in another borough, you must complete your own borough's common application form or apply online.



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1 Laurence House
, Catford Road
020 8314 8282

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