London Borough of Croydon

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Starting secondary school (year 7)

Information for parents of children born between 1st September 2008 and 31st August 2009 applying to start secondary school in September 2020.

Deadline for secondary school applications:  31 October 2019

Independent school admissions are not managed by Croydon council. Visit the Independent Schools Council for more information.

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?

Applying for a school place after your child has already started secondary school or after the school year has begun - visit our in-year admissions page.

If you are ready to view or accept your offer, go directly to your eAdmissions account (after 2 March only).

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

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 31 October

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 
  • make sure your child’s primary school holds the same details on record, as 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)
  • some schools may require additional information to assess your application which you must provide through a supplementary information form (SIF); you can find out if this is required and download the form on the school’s website; you must also complete an online application if you have 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 on the evening of 2 March 2020 by email. You must accept or decline your offer by 16 March 2020. 

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

Waiting lists

Oversubscribed Croydon schools will maintain waiting lists which will be ordered in accordance with their published admissions criteria until at least 31 December 2020. 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.

It is your responsibility to inform the local authority if you do not want your child to be on the waiting for a higher preference school. If a place becomes available at one of your higher preference schools, the place offered at your lower preference school will automatically be withdrawn. 

Requests to be added to the waiting list for lower preference schools when a first preference school has been offered can only be made in exceptional circumstances. Any change in circumstances must be supported with relevant evidence. All requests to be added to a waiting list should be made in writing to

If you need to find out your child’s position on the waiting list, please contact the admission authority for the school or the borough in which the school is situated after 20 April 2020. 

For more on information on waiting lists please see the FAQs and the prospectus

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. Details of the different admission authorities for schools in Croydon are listed in the prospectus (see pages 16 to 17). 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. Contact telephone numbers for neighbouring local authorities are also included in the prospectus. 


All Croydon schools are their own admission authority and therefore you must appeal directly to the school. 


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