Lewisham Council - Deciding on a primary school

Deciding which primary schools to apply for

You can apply for up to six schools which may be within Lewisham or in authorities outside the borough. As not every child can be offered their preferred school you are advised to research a range of schools including those which are closest to your home address.

Find out about our primary schools.

We strongly recommend you look at your nearest schools, whether they are faith or non faith schools, as most schools in Lewisham are expected to be oversubscribed. We also advise you to use all six preferences and not restrict your applications. 

Admissions criteria

Familiarise yourself with the admissions criteria for the schools you wish to apply for. Most primary schools receive more applications than there are places available. If you apply for schools which are oversubscribed, the admissions criteria for the school will be applied and used to decide which children will be offered a place. 

Visiting schools

Before deciding which schools you wish to apply for, we recommend that you arrange to visit the school to meet the staff, see the facilities and opportunities available.

Headteachers will be pleased to show you around the school and answer any questions. Please contact the school(s) direct to confirm when you may visit. 


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


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