Primary school admissions

Starting in Reception - September 2021

Admissions to a reception class in September 2021

For all children born between 1 September 2016 and 31 August 2017, their parents/carers must to apply for a reception school place for September 2021. 

For information on how to apply for entry into other year groups in secondary school, go to our In year admissions page.

Starting reception in an infant or primary school

In London since 2004, the 33 London boroughs and some of the Home Counties operate a Pan London coordinated scheme 2021/22 (PDF) every family must apply to their home borough.  This means if they live in Newham they must apply through Newham even if their child attends a nursery school outside of Newham or they are only interested in reception classes in another borough. 

Remember, parents/carers must apply for a place, even if:

  • They want their child to go to the local school.


  • Their child has an older brother or sister at the school.

The law does not allow us to reserve reception places.

What to do before applying