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How to apply for primary schools

Applications for children who permanently live in the UK and whose birthday is between 1 September 2012 and 31 August 2013 are eligible to apply to transfer to the reception class in September 2017.

The deadline for applications is 11.59pm on 15 January 2017.

Applications for primary school places are made online via the London Grid for Learning's website at www.eAdmissions.org.uk, or by using the link above.

When you start your application, the system will identify your home local authority from your postcode and your application will be sent electronically to that council when you submit. Please ensure your home address and postcode is accurate especially if you have previously made an application online for your children.

The benefits of applying online

  • It is quick and easy to do.
  • 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 get an automated email from the eAdmissions website confirming receipt of your application including the schools you have applied for.
  • On 18 April 2017, national offer day, you will get an email confirming the primary school your child has been offered.

Supporting evidence

Find out more about providing supporting evidence with your application.

Documents

Applications from residents living in new developments

If your address is not recognised by the eAdmissions website, or you live in a new development, please contact the Admissions and Appeals Team on 020 8314 8282 or email schooladmissions@lewisham.gov.uk.

Applying for early or late admission

Earlier admission

In very exceptional circumstances we will consider a request for admission out of cohort for a younger child (i.e. for reception children this will be those born after 31 August 2013). 

  • The application may be supported by the child’s nursery/primary headteacher and/or an educational psychologist confirming that the child is academically outstanding and sufficiently physically and emotionally mature to cope with the demands of primary/secondary school.
  • If we comply with the parent's request to allow the child to participate in the admissions scheme early, the parent will be required to agree that their child will transfer to primary/secondary school with the earlier cohort regardless of the outcome of their applications and will not qualify to participate in the transfer scheme the following year.

Parents must consider the implications of an early transfer as the schools are not currently required to keep the child out of year group and may decide to later educate the child in the correct year group.

Later admission

In very exceptional circumstances we will consider a request for a deferred admission for an older child (i.e. for reception this will be those born before 1 September 2012). 

  • The application may be supported by the child’s nursery/primary headteacher and/or an educational psychologist confirming that the child has learning delay or difficulty and their social maturity is well below that of his or her peers.
  • If we comply with the parent's request to allow their child to participate in the admissions scheme late the parent will be required to agree that their child will transfer to primary school with the later cohort regardless of the outcome of their applications and had not participated in the transfer scheme the year before.

In cases described above parents must consider the implications of a delayed transfer as headteachers of primary schools are not required to continue to keep the child out of year group and may decide to later educate the child in the correct year.

Contact

Admissions and Appeals Team
Third Floor
Laurence House
1 Catford Road
Se6 4ru
Tel:
020 8314 8282

Email:

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