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Primary school applications – the preference system

You can apply for up to six schools on the application and you will be required to list the schools in preference order. Applying for fewer schools will not increase the chances of being offered a school you have applied for.

It is very important to list the schools in the order you prefer them as this will be used by Lewisham later in the allocation of school places. Parents will receive one offer of a school place on National Offer day. If your child qualifies for a place at more than one of the schools you have applied for, your offer will be the school you have ranked the highest of those possible offers. If you cannot be offered any of the schools you applied for, Lewisham will offer you an alternative school place where there is a vacancy.

For example:

  • Child A has applied for six schools. The child does not qualify for a place at the first or second preference school but does qualify for a place at their third preference school. The third preference school is offered to the child on National Offer day. The fourth, fifth and sixth preference schools are ‘settled’ as they were ranked lower on the list. The child’s name remains on the waiting list of their first and second preference schools only and the right of appeal will be given.
  • Child B has applied for six schools. The schools are oversubscribed and the child does not qualify for a place at any of them. Lewisham informs the parent of the outcome and their right of appeal. A place at a school in Lewisham where there is a vacancy is offered as an alternative.
  • Child C has applied for six schools and can be offered a place at their first preference school on National Offer Day. All of the other schools named on the list are ‘settled’. The child has an older brother at their third preference school and, after national offer day the parent wants the child to attend that school instead. The parent has participated in the planned admission round and secured a place at a higher preference school therefore they are not able to submit a further application or change the order of their applications until the start of school. The parent will need to complete an in year application in September.
  • Child D has applied for six schools all outside the borough but does not qualify for a place at any of them. Lewisham offers the parent a place at a school where there is a vacancy and their right of appeal. However the parent wishes for their child to attend a school close to their home which is oversubscribed and has not been able to offer all applicants a place. Child D is not able to apply for a place at the school close to their home until the start of school. The parent will need to complete an in year application in September.

Contact

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

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