London Borough of Barnet

Primary school admissions

children in a classroom

Starting school is an exciting time for both parents and children. You should start thinking about your child starting in a reception class in the September following their third birthday.

Full details of the application process including the school admission arrangements, how to choose a school, the application timetable and contact details for Barnet primary schools can be found in our 2014 primary school admissions guide.

Download the 2014 primary school admissions guide. The guide is currently being updated with the latest information and the final version will appear on this site as soon as possible.

Please note that London Academy and Wren Academy plan to become all-through schools from September 2015 and are now open for Reception applications. Parents who have already submitted online or paper applications have the option to change their school preferences until the closing date, 15 January 2015.

Admissions for entry into school in September 2015

If your child was born between 1 September 2010 and 31 August 2011 you will need to apply to your home council for a place in a primary school for the 2015/2016 academic year. Updated guidance documents will be available on this page later in the year.

  • you should submit your application online using the eAdmissions website
  • the application process opens online on 1 September 2014
  • the closing date for applications is 15 January 2015
  • you will be posted a letter first class on 16 April 2015 notifying you of the outcome (online results will be available in the evening of 16 April).

Making your application – important points to remember:

  • you can list a maximum of six schools in the order you prefer them; there is no advantage in listing only one school. You are strongly advised to include at least one local community school as one of your preferences to ensure that your child secures a school place for 2015/16
  • if all the preferences you make are unrealistic you are unlikely to secure a place at any of the named schools
  • you will be told why you have received an offer or a refusal and, where relevant, parents can stay on waiting lists and appeal against the decisions not to offer places.
  • once you have been offered a place at a school of your preference your child will not normally be considered for alternative lower-ranked schools and you would not be expected to appeal for a place at these schools
  • from the end of May 2015, the council will retain waiting lists for the oversubscribed community schools and accept further applications for community schools with vacancies; the council will make further offers from the waiting lists as and when places become available
  • please remember that only a small number of places are expected to become available to offer after 16 April 2015 at schools that are full, this is because few children will receive more than one offer on that date
  • if you are a Barnet resident whose child has not been offered a place at one of your preferred schools and you do not wish to accept a place at a Barnet school that has vacancies, you will become responsible for securing suitable education for your child
  • if you are not offered a place at your preferred school, you have the right of appeal
  • for help or further advice on primary school admissions please look at our frequently asked questions or contact a member of the Admissions Team.

Neighbouring school admissions

Local Authority



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