London Borough of Croydon

Starting Secondary School (Year 7)

Information for parents of children born between 1 September 2007 and 31 August 2009 due to start secondary school in September 2019.

Thank you for submitting your application. You will receive your offer on the 1 March 2019 by email. You must accept or decline your offer at by 15 March 2019. 

If you have not yet applied you must apply now. Your application will be considered after all on-time applications have been processed.

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

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 secondary school or after the school year has begun - visit our In-Year Admissions page.

Ready to view or accept your offer- go directly to your eAdmissions account (after 1 March only).

Not applied yet? Skip to the How to Apply section.

Something else - Check our A-Z for the relevant topic.

Responding to Your Offer

You will receive your offer via email on 1 March 2019. You must view and respond to the offer on by 15 March.

Preferred or Non-Preferred Offers. You must accept an offer for an allocated school through your eAdmissions account to confirm the place. If you do not accept the place, it may be withdrawn and given to someone else.

You will be put on the waiting list for all schools you indicated a higher preference for. Accepting the offer will not affect your placement on the waiting list or the chances of your child being offered a place at a higher preference school.

If you do not wish to accept the place offered, you will need to advise us of the alternative arrangements you are making for your child’s education. Failure to do so will result in your child being considered out of statutory school and you could be given a fine or prosecuted.

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.

Waiting Lists

Your child’s place on the waiting list will be determined by the schools admissions criteria (available on the school website). To check the current placement on the waiting list please contact the school directly.

It is now policy that applicant requests to be added to waiting lists for lower preferences when a first preference school has been made will no longer be allowed, unless there has been a change in your circumstances.

All requests to be added to a waiting list due to change of circumstance, should be made in writing to Supporting evidence should be provided with the request, i.e. proof of change of address.

If the request is upheld your child’s name will be added to the waiting list of the requested school preference. If the request is not upheld you will need to wait until 1st August, when you can then complete a Secondary School In Year Application form.

If a place does not become available they will remain on the waiting list until 31st December 2019, after which you will have to make an in-year application.

Late Applications: How to Apply

All applications for this academic year are now considered late and will be processed after all on-time applicants have been allocated a place.

Late applications will be accepted until 19 July. After that you must apply using the In-year Application form

If you have a good reason for applying late you can be considered as ‘late for good reason’ and your application will be processed with other on-time applicants, these applications must be received before 10 December 2018, applicants will be required to provide evidence to this effect.

Examples of ‘good reasons’ for late school applications:

  • moving into the borough last minute
  • hospitalisation of child, parent or carer
  • sudden death in the family

Step 1: Getting ready - do your research

  • Check the school finder tool to find a state secondary school near you
  • Read the secondary schools prospectus and visit school 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 evenings

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 now.

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 nursery 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 an online application if you have a SIF.

That's it. Then all you need to do is wait for your offer.


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