London Borough of Croydon

Starting Secondary School (Year 7)

Information for parents of children born between 1 September 2007 and 31 August 2008 applying to start secondary school in September 2019.

Closing date for secondary school applications: 31 October 2018.

Admissions to independent schools 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 apply?

Go directly to your eAdmissions account.

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

  • Check the school finder tool to find a state secondary school near you
  • Read the secondary schools booklet and visit school websites
  • 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 by 31 October 2018.

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 . Please also ensure that your child’s primary 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, just wait for your offer.

If you have any technical problems with your eAdmissions account or the online application form please contact eAdmissions direct. This is a national platform and is not managed by the team at Croydon Council.

After Applying

School Place Offers

You will receive your school place offer on the evening of 1st March 2019 by email. You must accept or decline your offer on line by 15th March 2019. 

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

Waiting Lists

If you are not offered your first preference school place, your child will be automatically placed on the waiting list for all schools of higher preference. The position on the waiting list will be determined by to the school’s admissions criteria.

For more information on waiting lists please see the secondary school prospectus or visit our FAQ page.


You can see how places have been allocated against criteria in our report.


All Croydon schools are their own admission authority and any appeals must be made directly to the school. For further information about the appeals process, see our Admissions appeals pages.


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