London Borough of Croydon

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Information for parents of children born between 1 September 2015 and 31 August 2016 applying to start primary school in September 2020

Closing date for primary school applications: 15 January 2020

Independent school admissions are not managed by Croydon council. To find out more, visit the Independent Schools Council.

If your child has an education health and care plan that specifies the school best suited for your child’s needs, contact for admissions information.

Not what you are looking for?

If you are 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.

If you are ready to apply, us the eAdmissions form

If you have 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

  • read the primary school prospectus
  • find your nearest state primary school
  • visit the websites of primary schools to find out open days
  • check the prospectus and visit the school’s website to check the admissions criteria for the schools you would like to apply for to make sure the school is suitable for your child

Step 2: Complete your application form

Submit your application at by 15 January 2020

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:

  • your child’s name and date of birth as they appear on the birth certificate or passport 
  • to provide your child’s name and date of birth as they appear on your child’s birth certificate or passport and ensure your child’s nursery school holds the same details on record
  • your 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)
  • any 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; but you will still need to complete an online application if you provide a SIF

That’s it, just wait for your offer

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

After applying: school place offers

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

To access your offer and respond you must sign into you 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 reception 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) will be automatically placed on the waiting list for higher preference schools.

It is your responsibility to inform the local council if you do not want your child to be on the waiting 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, in the normal round of admissions to the reception class, you have named schools outside Croydon, you must check the relevant local council arrangements to be placed on its 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 must 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 council or school). Croydon council maintains waiting lists for its community schools and some non-community schools.


Find out about school admission appeals


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