London Borough of Croydon

Applying for a school place in four simple steps

This step-by-step breakdown takes you through the process of applying for a school place for those starting primary or moving to secondary school in 2015.

You can also register to apply online at www.eadmissions.org.uk

However if you are applying for places in a year group other than the normal year of entry to primary or secondary school you will need to fill out an In Year Application Form.

The 2015-16 primary and secondary schools prospectuses are available to download at the bottom of this page.

Step 1: Getting ready - do your research

Step 2: Check the admission policies

Admission criteria for Community and Voluntary Controlled schools 2015/16. You can download the admissions criteria for community and voluntary controlled secondary schools 2015/16. These apply to Croydon Community and Voluntary Controlled schools. 

Admission criteria for Community and Voluntary Controlled schools 2016/17. You can download the admissions criteria for community and voluntary controlled secondary schools 2016/17 from the "downloads" section at the bottom of this page. These apply to Croydon Community and Voluntary Controlled schools.

Voluntary Controlled Schools also have their own denominational criteria, these schools have their own pages in the prospectus setting out their full admissions criteria. Parents should refer to the prospectus or the school's webpage for full details. 

Admission arrangements for other primary and secondary schools.  Please visit the Primary schools web pages to view the 2015 -16  admission arrangements for academies, frees schools and voluntary-aided schools in Croydon.

Please visit the Secondary schools web pages to view the 2015-16 admission arrangements for  for academies, frees schools and voluntary-aided schools in Croydon.

Step 3: Complete your application

  • Apply online 
  • Supplementary Information Forms (SIF) In addition to applying on the local authority (LA) application form, 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 the Local Authority’s common application form.

Step 4: Receiving your offer

Primary Schools

During the evening of 16 April 2015, you will be sent an email with the outcome of your application. Please wait until you have received the email before logging onto the Pan London Admissions website.  Accepting the Offer - Parents/carers must accept or decline the offer of a place by Thursday 30 April 2015. 

 Secondary Schools

During the evening of Monday 2 March 2015, you will be sent an email with the outcome of your application. Please wait until you have received the email before logging onto the Pan London Admissions website. Accepting the Offer - Parents/carers must accept or decline the offer of a place by Monday 16 March 2015. 

Fair Processing

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.

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