General information

Waiting lists

Oversubscribed Croydon schools will maintain waiting lists. Your child's name will automatically be placed on the waiting list for any school which was a higher preference on your application form than the school you have been offered. If you need to find out your child's position on the waiting list please contact the admission authority or the borough in which the school is situated after 1 April 2015 for secondary schools and  8 June 2015 for primary schools.

If you would like more information about the reason why your child was not offered a place at a higher preference school, you should contact the admission authority that is responsible for admissions to the school. If the school is outside this borough, the admission authority will be either the local authority in which the school is situated or the school itself. Neighbouring local authorities' contact telephone numbers 

Waiting lists will be ordered in accordance with the published admissions criteria of the admissions authorities concerned.

Individual admission authorities will determine the period for which their waiting lists will be maintained.

Parent/Carers need to be aware that if their child's name is on a school's waiting list, he/she may go up or down the list depending on how the admissions criteria applies to other children on the waiting list.

The admissions code requires admission authorities to order waiting lists on the basis of the priorities of the published admissions criteria and not, for example, on a first come first served basis.

Please note that Croydon Local Authority will be closing all waiting lists on 31 December 2014. After this date, if you wish your child to remain on the waiting list for any of your preferred schools, you will need to reapply by completing an in-year application form.

Late applications

Primary schools

If you submit an application or change your existing preferences, or order of preferences, after 10 February 2015, without good reason for doing so, the whole application will be treated as late, and this may jeopardise the possibility of your child being offered a place at one of your preferred schools.

Applications which are late for no good reason and those that are received after 15 January 2015 but before 17 April 2015 will not be considered in the initial allocation round but will be allocated available places after all on-time preferences have been processed. Where a place cannot be offered at a preferred school, your child will be offered the nearest school to your normal place of residence, (that is the application address) with readily available places.

The local authority will accept late applications within the coordinated process only if they are late for a good reason. Examples of what will be considered as good reason include: when a single parent has been ill for some time, or has been dealing with the death of a close relative; a family has just moved into the area or is returning from abroad (proof of ownership or tenancy of a property within this local authority will be required in these cases). Other circumstances will be considered and each case decided on its own merits.

Secondary schools

If you submit an application or change your existing preferences, or order of preferences, after 31 October 2014 but before 10 December 2014 without good reason for doing so, the whole application will be treated as late, and this may jeopardise the possibility of your child being offered a place at one of your preferred schools.

Applications which are late for no good reason and those that are received after 10 December 2014 but before 3 March 2015 will not be considered in the initial allocation round but will be allocated available places after all on-time preferences have been processed. Where a place cannot be offered at a preferred school, your child will be offered the nearest school to your normal place of residence, (that is the application address) with readily available places.

The local authority will accept late applications within the coordinated process only if they are late for a good reason. Examples of what will be considered as good reason include: when a single parent has been ill for some time, or has been dealing with the death of a close relative; a family has just moved into the area or is returning from abroad (proof of ownership or tenancy of a property within this local authority will be required in these cases). Other circumstances will be considered and each case decided on its own merits.

The latest date that an application that is late for good reason can be accepted for a Croydon resident will be 10 December 2014.


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