Finding a primary
In Newham, to give our children as
good a start as possible, we provide reception class places before
children turn five starting in September.
'Starting school: Your guide to Newham's nursery and primary
education' (pdf) brochure is now available for information
about all admissions including reception in September 2013 and how
For reception class admissions for September 2013, you can still
name up to six school preferences.
Please be aware that all 33 London boroughs, together with eight
councils bordering the capital, now work in partnership to
coordinate admissions to their primary schools. If you are a Newham
resident, this means you only need to apply to us even if you want
to apply for a primary school place outside Newham.
If you plan to apply for an out-of-borough school, this will save
you work as you will not have to apply for the other boroughs or
schools separately. We will pass your information onto the other
boroughs, but you must find out about those schools by contacting
those boroughs and giving us the details of that school on the
Voluntary aided schools will still make decisions on their own
admissions, but Pupil Services will let the family know of the
results. In some other boroughs, some foundation schools will also
do the same.
Change of preferences
Change of preferences form (Word doc.) is available if you have
already submitted a PAN London Reception class application form for
September 2013 and now want to change your preferences or the order
of your preferences.
If this form is received by Pupil Services by 15 January
2013 - the PAN London closing date - these revised
preferences will be considered as on-time. If they are received
after this date they will be processed as late applications and
your previous application will used as your on-time
Children born from 1 September 2008 to 31 August 2009 are due to
start in a reception class in September 2013.
If your child is due to start primary school in September 2013,
there are several ways in which you'll be able to apply from
3 September 2012:
- Apply for a school
place online. This website also contains details of all the
schools in and out of Newham that can be applied to.
- Directly to a Newham primary school
- By post
To apply at a Newham primary school or by post, you will need a
Common Application Form (CAF) which will be available for
collection from any Newham nursery, infant or primary school from
September 2012, or by calling the Newham Contact Centre on 020 8430
We will not reserve your child a place at their catchment school,
your child will only be considered for a place if you name your
catchment school as one of your preferences. Even if you apply you
are still not guaranteed a place at your catchment school, but your
child will be considered for admission.
If you include a voluntary aided faith school into your list of
preferences you must also complete a Supplementary Information Form
(SIF) for each school that you select online or name on the Common
Application Form (CAF), so their governing body can correctly
determine your child's priority group. The form can be downloaded
below, or is available for collection at any Newham voluntary aided
faith school or by calling the Newham Contact Centre on 020 8430
- Newham Catholic Primary Schools: Supplementary Information Form
(SIF) - coming soon
- St. Luke's Church of England Primary School: Supplementary
Information Form (SIF) - coming soon
The date for completion for reception classes for September 2013
is 15 January 2013.
We strongly recommend that you
submit your application
online as it is easier and you will receive an electronic
receipt acknowledging your application.
Before applying, why not also read our list of checklist of
important information for parents.
- 15 January 2013 at 11.59pm: Deadline for
- 15 January 2013 at close of school/nursery
office: Deadline for handing in your paper application to
your child's Newham nursery or primary school
- 15 January 2013 at 5pm: Deadline for the
arrival of your paper application that you have posted to us
- 15 January 2013 at close of school/nursery
office - Deadline for the arrival of your Supplementary
Information Form (SIF) at the school you have named on the
- 17 April 2013: Offer Day - applicants who
applied online will receive an email during the evening informing
you of your child's offer
- 17 April 2013: Offer Day - reception class
offer letters will be posted 1st class post to all applicants by
their home borough
- Applicants making paper applications will receive their letters
at the earliest the day after offer day, but this is subject to the
post being delivered on time.
If you are using the Royal Mail postal system rather than applying
online or submitting your form via a Newham primary school, we
recommend that you post early so that we receive it by the
deadline. We can take no responsibility for forms that are not
delivered to us by the deadline due to postal delays or other
problems that may result in the form being lost in transit.
Applications received after the above deadlines will be processed
as 'late' applications. If you apply after these deadlines you
child will not be considered for a place at your preferred school
until all the 'on time' applications have been considered. As most
Newham schools places are filled with 'on time' applicants it is
really important you meet the deadline.
For all schools that are over subscribed (this means they have more
applicants than places available) the published admissions criteria
is used to determine which child should be offered the places. The
governing body of the voluntary aided faith school determine the
offers using their admission criteria and Pupil Services determine
the offers for all other schools.
Newham maintained schools
Newham community and voluntary controlled schools admission
- Newham voluntary aided Roman Catholic schools admissions
criteria (coming soon) - St. Antony's RC, St. Edwards RC, St.
Francis' RC, St. Helen's RC, St. Joachim's RC, St. Michael's RC and
St. Winefride's RC
- Voluntary aided Church of England school admission criteria
(coming soon) - St Luke's CoE
Non-maintained schools located in Newham
- Chobham Academy admission criteria - coming soon
- School 21 (Free school) admission criteria - coming
For schools outside Newham you will need to contact the borough
that the school is in to find out how they offer their places.
'In year' admissions from September 2012 are now being processed in
partnership with other London boroughs to make the application
process easier for you. We will forward your application to their
governing body using a secure website.
We aim to process your completed application within five working
days of receipt. You will receive a letter from us within 20 days
Which year group your child should be in
The table below will help you to work out what school year group
your child should be in for the new school year which starts in
|Child's Dates of Birth
|1 September 2001 - 31 August
|1 September 2002 - 31 August
|1 September 2003 - 31 August
|1 September 2004 - 31 August
|1 September 2005 - 31 August
|1 September 2006 - 31 August
|1 September 2007 - 31 August
How to apply
'In Year' Common Application Form 2012/13 (CAF)
To apply for any state maintained schools (including academies and
Free schools) you need to complete your home borough's Common
Application Form (CAF). You must also complete the CAF form if you
wish to apply for voluntary aided faith schools or schools outside
of the borough.
Newham residents can obtain a copy of our 'In Year' admission
Common Application Form (CAF) by calling us on 020 8430 2000 or
downloading the form below.
Please remember you can only use the application form from the
Local Authority where the child currently lives. If you are
planning to move into Newham and/or you want your child to go to a
school in Newham you must use your home borough's form and name
Newham schools as your preferences. You cannot provide a future
Supplementary Information Form 2012/13 (SIF)
To apply for a voluntary aided school you may need to complete a
Supplementary Information Form (SIF) so their governing body can
correctly determine your child's priority group.
Applicants can obtain a copy of the Supplementary Information Form
(SIF) direct from the school, by calling us on 020 8430 2000 or by
downloading the form from the list below.
How we offer 'in year' primary school places from September
Newham maintained schools