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Primary school places: Time to apply

Primary school places: Time to apply

December 6, 2019
Primary school

If your child was born between 1 September 2015 and 31 August 2016 he or she will be due to start primary school in September 2020 – and applications for pupil places are being received.

Under the London-wide primary school admissions scheme, parents living in the borough will submit a single application to Ealing Council, listing their preferences, even if they are applying for a place at a school outside the borough.

The system helps prevent delays because it means parents will get only one offer of a place and everyone will receive them on the same day.

Applications will be accepted until the cut-off point of 15 January 2020.

We explain what you need to do in this article – but help is also available if you need it.

WHAT TO DO

All parents and carers living in the borough need to list up to six different schools that they want to apply for, including any that are located outside the borough (but not private schools).

Your choices have to be ranked in order of preference, from one to six.

This is important because only one offer can be made to you and this would be from the highest ranked school at which your child qualifies for a place. People living in other boroughs need to apply to their own local authority.

The closing date for applications is 15 January 2020. After that date applications will be considered as being late and parents may not be able to be offered any of their preferred schools.

HOW TO DO IT

Apply online at www.eadmissions.org.uk

SUPPLEMENTARY FORMS

Faith schools: If you want to apply for a place at a faith school you will also need to fill in the school’s own ‘supplementary information form’.

The supplementary information forms are available from the schools concerned or on the council’s website at www.ealing.gov.uk/admissions and will be used to assess denominational commitment. The supplementary form must be returned to the school before the closing date.

Note: If you do not complete both Ealing’s common application form and the school’s supplementary information form then your application will not be regarded as valid. If you require further information, contact the school(s) concerned.

Applying to schools outside the borough: If you live in Ealing but are applying for a place at a school in another borough, it is important that you read the primary prospectus for that borough to ensure that you understand the admission criteria for the schools that you are interested in applying to.

WHAT HAPPENS NEXT

After the deadline on 15 January 2020, the applications will be processed.

Then, on the pan-London offer day on 16 April 2020, an offer will be made to all applicants, as far as practically possible.

If a school is over-subscribed, its published admission criteria will be used to decide the order in which applicants are offered places.

To make sure nobody is offered more than one school place, the pan-London admissions system will co-ordinate all of the offers made to parents who have applied for places at schools in other areas.

ADVICE SESSIONS AND HELP

Primary school admissions advice sessions were being held (made by appointment) at Perceval House between 2 and 6 December, between 10am-4pm. You can check to see if any slots are still available at these sessions by emailing mainroundadmissions@ealing.gov.uk or calling 020 8825 5511.

You can read the admissions prospectus online at www.ealing.gov.uk/admissions