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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 2011 and 31 August 2012 are eligible to apply to transfer to the reception class in September 2016.

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.

Deadline for applications is 11.59pm on 15 January 2016.

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 16 April 2016, national offer day, you will get an email confirming the primary school your child has been offered.

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.

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 2012 and for Year 7 those born after 31 August 2005). 

  • 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.
  • The parent agrees 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.

The Education and Skills Act 2008 increased the minimum age at which young people in England can leave learning which requires them to continue in education or training to the age of 18. Children who have transferred to secondary school a year earlier than their peers will be required to stay in full-time education, undertake work-based learning such as an apprenticeship, or part-time education or training if they are employed, self-employed or volunteering for more than 20 hours per week until they are 18.

Parents must consider the implications of an early transfer as the schools are not 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 2011 and for Year 7 those born before 1 September 2004). 

  • 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.
  • The parent agrees that their child will transfer to primary/secondary 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 deferred transfer as headteachers of primary/secondary 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.

We are currently consulting headteachers, admission authorities and diocesan boards about its proposed processes for considering requests for children to be educated outside their normal cohort and intends to publish these arrangements by 1 November 2015 for admissions in September 2016.

Contact

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

Email:

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