London Borough of Barnet

Primary school admissions

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Primary school admissions in Barnet

Starting school in Barnet

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

Full details of the application process can be found in our primary school admissions guide (2015). The guide includes:

  • school admission arrangements
  • how to choose a school
  • the application timetable
  • contact details for Barnet primary schools

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. Millbrook Park School opened in September and is also open for Reception 2015 applications.

Update January 2015: Watling Park School
Watling Park School is a new primary free school which intends to open at Pavilion Way, Burnt Oak HA8 9YA in September 2015 with two Reception classes (60 places). The location of the school has just been announced, so applications to the school will not be managed by Barnet’s eAdmissions system. Parents who wish to apply for a Reception place at Watling Park should apply directly to the school via (0845 459 0113), but will also need to express a preference for other schools on the eAdmissions system. On offer day, 16 April 2015, parents may receive an offer from Watling Park and an offer from Barnet, and can then choose which place to accept.

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.

  • you should submit your application online using the eAdmissions website
  • the online application process opened 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, we will retain waiting lists for the oversubscribed community schools and accept further applications for community schools with vacancies; we 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

Neighbouring council school admissions

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