In year admissions

In year admissions (also known as mid-phase or mid-term admissions)

If you want to apply for a primary or secondary school place in Newham once the school year has started a family must complete and submit an in-year school admission application. 

In year applications are for a child who:

  • Has never attended school in Newham and is arriving or has arrived, to live in Newham, from elsewhere in England or outside of England
  • Is returning to education in Newham from elsewhere in England or outside of England
  • Is a Newham resident who is currently educated in a school outside of Newham
  • Is currently being educated at home or with private tutors
  • Is currently attending private fee paying school
  • Is living and is educated outside of Newham and wants a school place in Newham
  • Wants to change (transfer) schools within Newham – this includes if the child has been offered a place and has not started at the named school

For a child with an Education Health and Care plan family’s must contact the 0-25 Service of their home local authority – Do not follow the year application process. Instead, email Newham’s 0-25 service at  

All local authorities (councils) have a legal duty to ensure they have sufficient school places for all resident children.

For all children living in Newham, we will offer a school place at one of the family’s preferred schools or allocate an alternative if preference cannot be met, if the child does not already have a state funded school place or the offer of a school place in Newham. 

If a child has a state funded school place in Newham we will only offer a place if a place can be offered at one of the family’s current named preferred schools. This means the school must have a space in the child’s year group and/or the child must be number one on the current waiting list.

For any family who wants their child to change schools within Newham they should always speak to their current school first.  This will help everyone discuss if a change of school will be in the child’s best interest and talk about any concerns you have before filling-in an in year application form.

Do not use the In-Year application process if:

How we offer in-year school places

All In year applications will be added to our database within 2 working days.

The child is considered for a place at each of the schools named as a preference on their family’s current application.  Decisions are made by the admission authority for the school.  If it is possible for a child to be offered a place at more than one of the schools named as a preference, we then look at the rank order of your preferences and offer the highest of those that can be offered.

If it is not possible to offer a place at any of the schools named on your application, and the child lives in Newham but does not have a school place or an offer of a place in the borough, we will allocate a place at the closest school to a family’s home address that has a place in the child’s year group.  This may not be close to their home but will be the closest with a vacancy.

Apply for an in-year school place (2023/2024)

Before applying for a school place parents/carers should consider;

  • Where the schools are located in the borough;
  • How the child will get to school each day, on time;
  • What will be the cost of travel;
  • The admission arrangements for the schools a family is interested in;

Find a primary school

Use our primary school fact finder to find useful information on schools you want to apply to.

Use our Primary school fact finder 

Find a secondary school

Use our secondary school fact finder to find useful information on schools you want to apply to.

Use our Secondary school fact finder

Read the Determined admission arrangements for each school you are applying to for the school year 2023/2024 - available soon.

You can find out how to apply and complete the online in-year application form on the next page.