Applying for a primary school place

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Applying for a reception place for September 2017

If your child was born between 1 September 2012 and 31 August 2013 they are due to start in the Reception class at a primary school from September 2017.

You must apply for a Reception class for your child even if they attend a school nursery or have an older brother or sister at your preferred school. If your child currently attends a nursery attached to a school this does not give them any priority for a place in Reception at that school.

The booklet Starting Primary School 2017 (3MB PDF) contains all the information you need to know about applying for a Reception class place.

The eAdmissions website for online applications opened on 1 September and the closing date for on time applications was Sunday 15 January 2017.  Late applications can still be made online until the end of June 2017

You can download a guide explaining how to apply for your child's school place online (140KB PDF).

There are FAQs and guidance sheets to help you complete your online application on the eAdmissions website. If you are having a technical problem completing your application please email

If you and your child live in Waltham Forest you must apply through us. If you and your child live outside Waltham Forest, you must apply to the local authority in which you live. The eAdmissions website will redirect your application to the correct local authority based on the address and postcode you enter.

Please note that the preferred method for primary admissions is digitally.

If you are unable to apply online you can download the primary common application form (70KB PDF). Instructions for how to submit your paper application are on the back of the application form.

If your child is currently in Year 2 at a Chapel End Infant School or St Joseph’s Infant School and lives in Waltham Forest, they will need to apply for a transfer to Junior school.  To apply download the form (50KB PDF)

Extra classes in reception for September 2017

Parkside Primary School will now be admitting another reception class for September 2017.  There will now be 90 places available for entry. 

Coppermill Primary School will also be admitting another reception class for September 2017.  There will now be 60 places available for entry. 

If you wish to apply for a place at either of these schools, please apply online on the eAdmissions website or by using the primary common application form.

Some schools need extra information, which we do not collect on our application form. Emmanuel Community School, St Mary's Catholic Primary School, St Mary's Church of England Primary School, St Joseph's Infant School, Our Lady and St. George's Primary School, St Patrick's Catholic Primary School and St. Saviour's Church of England Primary School will ask you to complete a Supplementary Information Form (SIF).

SIFs are available from the relevant schools on their websites. If you are applying for a school outside Waltham Forest you will need to check with the local authority where the school is located to find out if you need to complete a SIF.

If you do not complete a SIF this may result in your child not being offered a place at the school.

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Update 5 January 2017 – Waltham Forest have been advised that Athena Primary School will not be opening for the September 2017 intake.  If any parent has not yet applied for a primary school place for their child, they should do so before the closing date, 15 January 2017, through the eAdmissions website for by downloading the primary common application form.

Reach2 has proposed to open a new 2 form entry Free School in Leyton for September 2017, Athena Primary Academy. Whilst a site has been secured, there remains a risk that the Trust may not secure all relevant approvals in order to receive reception pupils in September 2017.

Further updates will be provided here as they become available.

Parents wishing to apply for Athena Primary Academy for the September 2017 intake can apply directly to the school using their application form.  The application form is available directly from the school website.

Parents must apply for all other primary schools online on the eAdmissions website or by using the primary common application form (70KB PDF)

The document how school places were offered 2017 (334B PDF file) provides a breakdown of the numbers of places offered under each criteria on National Allocation Day for on time applicants for 2017.

The document how school places were offered 2016 provides a breakdown for National Allocation Day for 2016.

The document how school places were offered 2015 provides a breakdown for National Allocation Day for 2015.

The document how school places were offered 2014 provides a breakdown for National Allocation Day for 2014.

A child reaches compulsory school age the term after their 5th birthday. Some parents will feel their child is simply not ready to start school in the September following their fourth birthday and there is flexibility in the admissions code to allow for this.

Parents can request that:

  1. Their child attends part-time until they reach compulsory school age. This must be requested directly with the school once a school place has been offered.
  2. The date their child starts school is deferred until later in the same academic year when they reach compulsory school age. This must be requested directly with the school once a school place has been offered. For summer born children (those born 1 April – 31 August), the school place can be deferred no later than the following September when the child will start Year 1.
  3. For summer born children, their child is admitted outside of their normal age group. See next section for more details on the process.

Waltham Forest’s policy is for all children to be educated in their correct chronological year group, with the curriculum differentiated as necessary to meet individual needs. 

If parents/carers believe their child should be educated in a different year group they must, at the time of application, submit supporting evidence from relevant professionals working with the child and family stating why the child should be placed outside their normal age appropriate cohort. 

For community and voluntary controlled schools, the Council as the relevant admission authority is the decision maker and with advice from the headteachers of the schools you are applying to, will decide whether the application will be accepted on the basis of the evidence submitted.

There is no guarantee that an application will be accepted. If the application is not accepted this does not constitute a refusal of a school place and there is no right to an independent statutory appeal. Similarly, there is no right of appeal for a place in a specific year group at the school.

The governing body of schools responsible for their own admissions (academies, voluntary-aided, foundation and free schools) are ultimately responsible for making this decision for applications made to their school. 

The internal management and organisation of a school, including the placement of pupils in classes, is a matter for the Headteacher and senior leadership of individual schools. If a school is happy to accept an application to educate a child out of year group, this is not a guarantee of a place. It just means the parent can apply along with all other parents for a school place in that academic year.

It is important to consider what to do if your application is processed and you do not get offered a place at your preferred school. Currently no school has to agree to educate a child outside of their chronological year group even if it has been agreed at another school.

Key dates Click to get info

Key dates What happens
15 January 2017 Application closing date
18 April 2017 Offer day
2 May 2017 Acceptance deadline
15 May 2017 Appeal deadline


If you don't have access to a computer, you can visit a Library Plus branch where you can use a self-service pc to log your request/report.  Staff are available to support you if you need it.​​​​​​​ 

Contact Click to get info

School Admissions Service
Waltham Forest Town Hall
Forest Road 
E17 4JF 

Telephone: 020 8496 3000 

School Admissions - Information and Advice Service
Sycamore House Town Hall Complex
Forest Road London 
E17 4JF 

Please ring 0208 496 300 to book your appointment.