London Borough of Croydon

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Infant to junior school transfer

Starting junior school (year 3)

Children currently attending an Infant school (year 2) must apply for Junior school (year 3). Please note, there is no automatic transfer even if the Infant school is joined to a Junior school.
For junior schools with linked infant schools, priority consideration for admission will be given to children attending the linked infant school (with the exception of St Mary's RC Junior School) after the admission of currently or previously looked after children and children who have the school named on the Education Health and Care Plans. 

The linked schools are shown at the bottom of this page


Closing date for junior school applications: 15 January 2020. 

If your child has an Education Health and Care plan that specifies the school best suited for your child’s needs please contact for admissions information.

Not what you are looking for?

Applying for a school place after you child has already started primary school or after the school year has begun - visit our in year Admissions page.
Ready to apply - go directly to your eAdmissions account.
Already applied and want to know more about getting an offer - skip to the After Applying section.

How to Apply

Step 1: Getting ready - do your research


  • Check the school finder tool to find a state primary school near you
  • Read the primary schools prospectus and visit schools’ websites (list of websites can be found  here) to:  
  • Check the admission criteria to make sure your chosen schools are suitable for your child
  • Find out about open days

Step 2: Create an eAdmissions account (if you already have an account skip this step) 

Go to, click ‘Create a new account’ and follow the instructions.
Once you have created your account your user name and password will be sent to your email address – please store these in a safe place as you will need them to access your application and school place offers. 

Step 3: Complete your application form

Submit your application at by 15 January.

Last year, 9 out of 10 parents applied on time. Late applications will be processed after those received on time which could severely reduce your child’s chances of being offered a place at your preferred school.  

To complete the application you will need: 

  • Child’s name and date of birth as they appear on the birth certificate or passport 
  • Please also ensure that your child’s primary school holds the same details on record. If these do not match your application may be considered invalid. 
  • Council Tax Account Number
  • If you are responsible for paying council tax at your child’s address you will need to enter your account number (this can be found in the top right corner of your council tax bill).
  • Supplementary Information Form (SIF)
  • Some schools may require additional information to assess your application which you must provide through a SIF. You can find out if this is required and download the form on the school’s website. 

Note: You will still need to complete the standard application form through the eAdmissions platform, even if you are submitting a SIF to the school. 

That’s it, just wait for your offer.

If you have any technical problems with your eAdmissions account or the online application form please contact eAdmissions  This is a national platform and is not managed by the Croydon council team.

After Applying: School Place Offers

You will receive your school place offer on the evening of 16 April 2020 by email. You must accept or decline your offer by 30 April 2020. 

To respond to your offer you will need to log into your eAdmissions account, so keep your login information safe.  

Waiting Lists

Where a school is oversubscribed and there are more applicants than places available, the admission authority will keep a waiting list. 
Waiting lists are ordered according to the admissions criteria of the school. Waiting lists for junior schools will be held until 31 December 2020. After this you will need to apply through the in-year application process.
Children who receive an offer at a lower preference school through the normal round of admissions (admission to Reception and infant to Junior transfer) will be automatically placed on the waiting list for higher preference schools. Please note it is your responsibility to inform the local authority if you do not want your child to be on the waiting list for a higher preference school. In the event that a place becomes available at one of your higher preference schools, the place offered at your lower preference school will automatically be withdrawn. 

If you have named (a) school(s) outside Croydon, you must check the relevant local authority’s arrangements to be placed onto their waiting list. 

Parents who receive an offer at their first preference school can only make requests for their child to be added to the waiting list for lower preference schools in exceptional circumstances. Any change in circumstances will need to be supported with relevant evidence. 

The position on a waiting list can change: it is not ordered on a first come first served basis. For example, if someone applies for a place after the date you submitted your application and they have a higher priority status according to the admissions criteria, they will be added to the waiting list at a position above yours. On the other hand, if you are on a school’s waiting list and someone above you on the list is offered and accepts a place at one of their higher preference schools, their name will be removed from the waiting list, and your position on the waiting list will move up accordingly. If a vacancy occurs and your child is at the top of the waiting list, you will be offered a place. 

If you want to know where your child is on a waiting list you can contact the relevant admission authority (local authority or school). Croydon Council maintains waiting lists for its community schools and some non-community schools.

For more information on waiting lists please see the primary school prospectus.

Infant school with Linked junior school

Infant School

Linked Junior School

Beulah Infants

Beulah Junior

Elmwood Infants

Elmwood Junior

The Minster Nursery and Infant

The Minster Junior

Park Hill Infants

Park Hill Junior

St Joseph's Catholic Infant and Nursery

St Joseph's RC Junior

St Mary's Catholic Infants

St Mary's Catholic Junior

Whitehorse Manor Infants and Nursery

Whitehorse Manor Junior

Winterbourne Infants

Winterbourne Boys Academy

Winterbourne Infants

Winterbourne Junior Girls


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