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Applying to start primary school in September 2021

Information about how to apply, deciding which schools to apply for, admissions criteria and more.
The Office of the Schools Adjudicator has approved an in-year variation to the published admissions number for Lucas Vale Primary School and Sir Francis Drake Primary School

These schools will now admit 30 children in September 2021 instead of 60.

Lewisham is in National lockdown: Stay at home restrictions

Find out about the COVID-19 restrictions.

Offer day for primary schools

Find out how to accept your primary school place or how to appeal.

How to apply

Find out how to apply for a primary school place for your child.

Important dates

Important dates for the admission process for children starting primary school in September 2021.

Deciding which schools to apply for

Find out how to decide which primary schools to apply for.

Supporting evidence

See what supporting evidence you need to submit when you apply for primary school places.

Admissions criteria

Check the admissions criteria used by oversubscribed schools to decide which children are offered a place.

Last year's applications and appeals numbers

See the application and appeal numbers for 2020.

Applying after the closing date

What to do it you miss the closing date, move into the borough after the closing date or change address.

Delaying when your child starts primary school

Find out how to defer your school place or start primary school a year later.

Supplementary information forms

Check if you need to provide any additional information when you apply for primary school places.

Appeal against not getting a place

Find out how to appeal if your child isn’t offered a primary school you applied for.

The preference system

Find out how the preference system works when you are applying for a primary school place for your child.