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Applying for Primary School (Reception)

Information on starting primary school in September 2015 for children born between 1 September 2010 and 31 August 2011.

You can start your online application from 1 September 2014 and have until 15 January 2015 to apply. National Offer Day will be 16 April 2015.

Before you apply we strongly advise that you:

  • Read the pdf icon Starting School Guidance Booklet [897kb] - explaining the application process, last years allocation of places and how each school will allocate places this year
  • Watch our guidance video which explains how to apply for a school place online
  • contact schools to check transport routes or to arrange a visit to hear from staff about the school achievements and plans for the future and to check the school facilities. Please visit school websites for possible open day dates or for details of how to contact them.

If you live within the London Borough of Sutton check here to find out how far away the schools you are interested in applying to (including schools in Sutton and some in Kingston, Croydon, Merton and Surrey) are from your address.

School distance checker

A list of outborough schools can be found on the following local authority websites Croydon; Kingston; Merton and Surrey

Once you have reviewed the above guidance and chosen the schools you would like to apply to, the easiest way is to apply online 

Apply here for your child's school place  to start your online application using the e-admissions website (applications are open from 1st September 2014)

Supplementary forms

Some schools may ask for a supplementary form to be completed. The online application will advise you if this is the case, or this link has more details 

Key dates

1 September 2014

Online applications open.

September 2014 to January 2015

Parents and carers can arrange visits to schools. Please visit school websites for details on visiting or contact them to book an appointment.

15 January 2015

Closing date for applications. After this date your application will be considered as late.

12 February 2015

Latest date that an application that is late for good reason can be accepted. Reasons and evidence must be presented with the application before this date.

16 April 2015

Notification of outcome posted to parents at their home address, by first class post.

Evening of 16 April 2015

Results available for applications submitted online.

30 April 2015

Date by which acceptances must be submitted.

15th May 2015

Last date for Community School appeals to be received to guarantee a hearing during the Summer term.

May to September 2015

Additional offers made as vacancies occur.

June to July 2015

Admissions appeals.

Increase demand for reception places

There has been an increase in demand for Reception places over the last few years. We will monitor demand for places in the September 2015 intake and will make arrangements to meet any additional demand.

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