This step-by-step breakdown takes you through the process of applying for a school place for those starting reception or moving to junior or secondary school in 2017.
However if you are applying for places in a year group other than starting reception or moving to junior or secondary school you will need to fill out a form on the In year Admissions page.
Step 1: Getting ready - do your research
- Read the primary schools prospectus or secondary schools prospectus documents as appropriate.
- Find schools near to you: Use our online map to find your nearest state primary school or to find your nearest state secondary school.
- Visit the schools you are interested in making an application to. Visit the open days page for details of secondary schools open days. For primary schools you should contact the school directly to arrange a visit.
Step 2: Check the admission policies
Admission criteria for Community and Voluntary Controlled schools 2016/17. You can download the admissions criteria for community and voluntary controlled primary schools 2016/17. These apply to Croydon community and voluntary Controlled schools.
Admission criteria for Community schools 2017/18. You can download the admissions criteria for community primary schools from the "downloads" section at the bottom of this page. These apply to Croydon community schools.
Admission arrangements for other primary and secondary schools. Please visit the Primary schools web pages to view the 2017-18 admission arrangements for academies, foundation schools, free schools and voluntary-aided schools in Croydon. Please visit the Secondary schools web pages to view the 2017-18 admission arrangements for academies, foundation schools, free schools and voluntary-aided schools in Croydon.
Step 3: Complete your application
You can apply for a school place at www.eadmissions.org.uk
Supplementary Information Forms (SIF) In addition to making your application online, some schools require you to complete and return direct to them a supplementary information form (SIF). These forms, which are available direct from the schools, ask for information which is not collected on the LA application form but which is needed by the schools concerned to enable them to reach a decision on your application. Please note a SIF will not be considered on its own. You must also include the school as a preference on your online application.
- Closing date for receipt of secondary school applications is 31 October 2016.
- Closing date for receipt of primary school applications is 15 January 2017.
Step 4: Receiving your offer
Primary Schools (Reception and Junior admissions)
- During the evening of 18 April 2017, you will be sent an email informing you when you can log onto your eAdmissions account to view the outcome of your application. Emails are sent in batches so you may receive your email before or after other families.
- In advance of 18 April 2017, you may wish to download the ParentComms app on to your smart phone. You can use the app to receive the outcome of you application but you will need to accept the place you have been offered from your eAdmissions account.
- If you prefer, you can also log in to the eAdmissions website to view your application outcome at www.eadmissions.org.uk/eAdmissions/app.
Accepting the Offer - parents/carers must accept or decline the offer of a place by Monday 2 May 2017 by logging into their eAdmissions account.
Please note that you will not receive a letter in the post from the local authority. Therefore you must ensure that your keep your eAdmissions account login details safe so you can view the result of your application as well accept or decline your offer on 18 April 2017. The eAdmissions website includes useful information about waiting lists and appeal processes.
During the evening of Monday 1 March 2017, you will be sent an email informing you when you can log in to view the outcome of your application. Please wait until you have received the email before logging onto the eAdmissions website.
Accepting the Offer - parents/carers must accept or decline the offer of a place by Monday 15 March 2017.
Croydon Council will handle the information you have provided in line with the provisions of the Data Protection Act. Any personal information will be held in confidence with only the necessary people able to see or use it. Under the Data Protection Act, you have the right to make a formal request in writing for access to personal data held about you or your child.
Croydon Council has a duty under the Children's Act 2004 to work with partners to provide and improve services to children and young people in the area. Therefore, Croydon Council may also use this information for other legitimate purposes and may share this information where necessary with other bodies responsible for administering services to children and young people. Croydon Council also has a duty to protect the public funds it administers, and therefore, it may use the information you have provided on your application form for the prevention and detection of fraud.
- Primary schools Admissions - 2017/18 [3.6MB]
- Secondary School Admissions - 2017/18 [3.5MB]
- Admissions policy for community and voluntary controlled school 2016-17 [305.4KB]
- Determined 2017-18 admission arrangements [358.2KB]
- Secondary school map 2015-16 [135.3KB]
- Form for medical criteria applications [53.0KB]
- Primary school map [891.7KB]
- Croydon School Addresses and Phone Numbers Sep 15 [388.8KB]
- Primary Pan-London Co-ordinated scheme 2016-17 [352.7KB]
- Secondary Pan-London Coordinated Scheme 2016-2017 [331.5KB]