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Applying for a primary school place deadline day 15th January 2024

If your child is due to start primary school this September the deadline date for applications is Monday 15th January. If you still haven’t managed to choose the schools you’d like to apply for, this week is the time to finalise and apply. Visit this page for lots of information on applying this year.


If you want to delay your child’s start you can find out everything you need to know here.


How many schools you can apply for?

When you apply for a primary school place for your child, you can put up to six schools on the application.

Most of the schools in our borough are likely to be oversubscribed, so we strongly recommend you look at your nearest schools, including faith or non-faith schools. You should use all six preferences when applying so as not to restrict your application.


Which schools you can apply for?

You can apply for schools in the borough of Lewisham or outside the borough. It is a good idea to research a range of schools, including ones closest to your home address, as not every child can be offered their first preference school.

Read about about Lewisham primary schools.


Admissions criteria

Read the admission criteria for the schools you want to apply for. Most primary schools get more applications than there are places available. If you apply for oversubscribed schools, the admission criteria for the school is used to decide which children are offered a place.

Lewisham will offer school places using the following criteria. For the exact legal wording of the criteria, read our determined admissions policy.

Community schools – These schools use the criteria for community primary schools.


Voluntary-aided faith schools, foundation schools, the free school and academies

These schools each have their own criteria for deciding which children to admit. You can find the full admissions policy, annual intake and other information about each school in the school’s prospectus, which you can get from the school directly:


Apply for your child’s primary school place and read more here


If you need any further advice or have any further questions contact:

Primary School Admissions and Appeals

Laurence House, 1 Catford Road, SE6 4RU
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