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Primary school admissions

  • If your child was born between 1 September 2011 and 31 August 2012, your child is due to start primary school in September 2016.
  • The Southwark school admissions team will provide for the admission of children into the reception year group in the September following their fourth birthday. However, a child is not required to start school until they have reached compulsory school age.
  • Compulsory school age is set out in section 8 of the Education Act 1996 and The Education (Start of Compulsory School Age) Order 1998. A child reaches compulsory school age on the prescribed day following his/her fifth birthday (or on his/her fifth birthday if it falls on a prescribed day). The prescribed days are 31 December, 31 March and 31 August.
  • Families can request that their child’s entry to school is deferred until later in the same academic year or until the child reaches compulsory school age.
  • Families can also request that their child take up the place part time until the child reaches compulsory school age.
  • Where entry is deferred, the child’s school place will be held and not offered to another child. Families will not however be able to defer their child’s entry into reception beyond the academic year for which the original application was accepted.


For further information on deferring your child's Reception place until later in the same academic year please read Southwark's guidance on deferring entry to primary school.

For families with summer born children who would like information on how they can request to delay their child's entry to reception until September 2017 in the following academic year please click here.


Key admission dates

These are important deadlines which you will need to keep in mind. If you miss these dates, your chances of being offered a place at a preferred school will be reduced.

Tuesday 1 September 2015

The admissions process begins and you will also be able to apply online using the eAdmissions website.

Friday 15 January 2016 at 11.59pm

Closing date for submitting your online application.

You must ensure that we have received your online application alongside any additional supporting information by this date and time.

Monday 18 April 2016

Offer letters will be posted by first class to all parents/carers who have applied on time.

You will also be able to view your offer details in the evening on the eAdmissions website.

Tuesday 3 May 2016

Should you wish to reject the offer of a school place allocated to your child, you must complete and return the notification slip attached to your offer letter by this date.

No action is required if you want to accept the school offered to your child.

For further information please view the Starting primary school in Southwark 2016/17 brochure.


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