Starting in reception class – September 2017
If your child was born between 1 September 2012 and 31 August 2013, you will need to apply for a reception class place in primary school for September 2017.
If your child lives in Newham you will need to apply through us
. But if your child lives outside Newham, but you want him or her to go to school in Newham, you will need to apply through the local authority in the borough you live in.
Remember, you must always apply for a place, even if your child:
- already goes to the nursery at the school you prefer
- has an older brother or sister at the school you prefer
- lives in the catchment area for the school you prefer.
What to do before you apply
Before you apply:
- read our current Starting school guide (PDF)
- read the admission rules for each of the schools you wish to apply to
- read any extra rules published by the school if it is oversubscribed (has more applicants than places)
- decide which schools to apply to; you can name six.
You will need to register and create a password before you start your application.
The national closing date for applications is 15 January 2017. If we receive your application after the closing date we will treat it as late.
You can send documents to support your application. But do not send
supplementary information forms (SIFs) with your application. You must
send SIFs directly to the schools you choose.
After you send your application you will receive a reference
number, which will look a bit like this: 316-2012-09-E001234. If you do
not get a reference number, it means you have not sent the eform. You
can easily log in to the website, check your application and send it
If you change your mind
You can change your school choices at any time right up until one minute to midnight on 15 January.
Simply log into the eAdmissions website
If we receive your application
after the closing date (15 January 2017) we will not consider
it until all the families who applied on time have been given their
So, if you apply late your chances of getting a place at the school
you want are much less than they are if you apply on time.
Some schools ask for a SIF to go with an application. You can get these forms directly from the school.
Remember to send the SIF and make sure it gets to the school by the deadline. The school sets the deadline (although we publish it here too). If you don’t send the SIF, the school will not be able to prioritise your child. So he or she will go into lowest priority group.
Schools asking for SIFs are usually faith schools. In Newham, the faith schools are:
- St. Anthony’s (Roman Catholic)
- St. Edward’s (Roman Catholic)
- St. Francis’ (Roman Catholic)
- St. Helen’s (Roman Catholic)
- St. Joachim’s (Roman Catholic)
- St. Luke’s (Church of England)
- St. Michael’s (Roman Catholic)
- St. Winifride’s (Roman Catholic)
Note that a SIF is not an application form. It is an extra form to go with your online application (or paper form if you make a late application).
What happens after you send your application
Each school has an admissions committee. We send information from your application form to the committee for each of the schools you apply to. The committee will look at how your application and SIF match their admission rules. It will list the applications in order of priority and send this information back to us.
At this stage the committee will not know where in order of preference you placed the school when you applied.
We will decide what offer we can make your child. If more than one school can offer your child a place, the offer you will get will be for the school you put highest on the list in your application.
We send out offers to our residents,
for applications received by the deadline, on national primary offer
day, which is 18 April 2017.
All 33 London boroughs work together to increase the
number of pupils who receive an offer from one of their preferred
schools. The Pan-London Co-ordinated Admission System document 2017/18 (PDF) outlines the rules and guidelines to which these offers are made.
School admission appeals
Documents needed for entry to school
Before your child can start school, there are documents you must take to the head teacher.