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How to make a late application
If you missed the 31 October application deadline, you can make a late application. 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.
Step 1: Research schools
- check the school finder tool to find a state secondary school near you
- read the secondary schools prospectus and visit the secondary schools webpage
- check the admission criteria to make sure your chosen schools are suitable for your child
Step 2: Create an eAdmissions account
If you do not have an account, go to www.eadmissions.org.uk and create a new account. Your username and password will be sent to your email address – you will need these to access your application and school place offers.
Step 3: Complete your application form
Submit your application at www.eadmissions.org.uk.
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 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
- your council tax account number, if you are responsible for paying council tax at your child’s address; the account number 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; the SIF is in addition to the eAdmissions application
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.
How we process late applications
Before 12 December 2019
If you submit an application or change your existing preferences, or order of preferences before 12 December 2019 without good reason for doing so, the whole application will be treated as late, and this may jeopardise the possibility of your child being offered a place at one of your preferred schools. We will accept late applications within the coordinated process only if they are late for a good reason. Examples of what will be considered as good reason include: when a parent with no support has been ill for some time, or has been dealing with the death of a close relative; a family has just moved into the area or is returning from abroad (proof of ownership or tenancy of a property within this local authority will be required in these cases). Other circumstances will be considered and each case decided on its own merits.
Between 12 December 2019 and 1 March 2020
Applications which are late for no good reason and those that are received between 12 December 2019 and 1 March 2020 will not be considered in the initial allocation round. Instead, they will be allocated available places after all on-time preferences have been processed. Where a place cannot be offered at a preferred school, your child will be offered the nearest school to your normal place of residence (the application address), with readily available places.