London Borough of Croydon

Coronavirus (COVID-19) update:

The School Admissions Team is running a good service and will continue to process all applications.

It may take us longer than usual to respond to your application. Please be assured that we will reply to all applications, you do not need to contact us again after submitting. Thank you for your patience.

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

After you have applied - 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 must log into your eAdmissions account, so keep your login information safe.

Late applications

If you have not applied yet, you can make a late application.

Waiting lists

Waiting list positions will be available after 20 April 2020. Please email Croydon secondary schools directly for this information.

Secondary schools in Croydon are their own admission authority and maintain their own waiting list. These are be ordered in accordance with their published admissions criteria. Your child’s name will automatically be placed on the waiting list for any school which was a higher preference 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place becomes available at one of your higher preference schools, the place offered at your lower preference school is withdrawn.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 school.admissions@croydon.gov.uk. 

Please contact the individual school's admission authority if you want to:

  • find out your child’s position on the waiting list
  • get information about why your child was not offered a place at a higher preference school   

Details of the different admission authorities for schools in Croydon are listed in the prospectus (see pages 16 to 17).

Contact telephone numbers for neighbouring local authorities are also included in the prospectus.  

For more on information on waiting lists please see the waiting list page and the prospectus.

Appeals

If you want to appeal the decision made about your child's place in a school, you must appeal directly to the school, as all Croydon schools operate as an admissions authority for their admissions and appeals.

For information on independent school admissions, 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 senenquiries@croydon.gov.uk for admissions information.

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