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Applying for a Primary School Place

  • Schools and education

Starting primary school in September 2019

Children born between 1 September 2014 and 31 August 2015 are due to start primary school in September 2019.

Before you start

  • read our primary admissions guide to help you understand the admissions process and find information on our schools and their admissions criteria.
  • visit the schools you are interested in
  • you will need an email address to make your application
  • you will need to provide proof of your address and proof of your child’s date of birth so have your documents ready

Find a primary school in your area

How to apply

  • applications open on 1 September
  • click here to apply on the eAdmissions website
  • use the step-by-step instructions to help you make your application
  • the deadline for applications is 15 January 2019

Your address

  • you must use your child’s address on 15 January 2019
  • do not use a relative or friend’s address, a child minder’s address or a business address
  • a temporary address will not be accepted if you still possess a property that was previously used as a home address
  • providing false information to secure a school is a criminal offence and may lead to prosecution

Your preferences

  • you can apply for up to six schools and rank them in the order you prefer
  • you can include schools outside Barnet
  • check the admissions criteria for each school to make sure your child meets these
  • you can find out how school places were allocated last year to help you make sensible choices

Late applications

  • applications received after 15 January 2019 will be treated as late
  • late applications are not considered until we have allocated school places to on-time applicants
  • If there is an exceptional reason why your application is late, it may be considered as on-time if it is received by Monday 11 February 2019. Please submit your application on the eadmissions website and also tell us the reason for your late application: Reason for a late application


National Offer Day – 16 April 2019

  • you will receive an email with the outcome of your application during the evening of Tuesday 16 April 2019
  • you can login to your eAdmissions account for more information
  • if more than one school can offer a place, we will offer the school you have ranked the highest
  • if it is not possible to offer a place at any of the schools you have chosen, we will allocate an alternative
  • you must accept or decline your offer online by 30 April 2019

Waiting lists

  • a small number of parents may decide not to accept the school place their child has been offered
  • these places will be offered to children on the waiting lists
  • your child’s name will automatically be placed on the waiting lists for any Barnet school which was a higher preference than the school you have been offered.
  • a second round of offers will take place on 14 May 2019
  • late applicants will be offered a place in the second round
  • the deadline for receipt of applications to be considered for the second round is 30 April 2019


  • you have the right to appeal to an independent appeal panel against the decision not to offer your child a place at a school of your preference
  • most infant class appeals are unsuccessful because the grounds on which they can be allowed are very limited
  • appeals are not heard until all the available places at the school have been offered and accepted
  • no places are reserved for successful appeals, which means that any successful appeals will increase the intake above the admission limit

Fraudulent applications

It is important that the admissions system is fair for everybody. Nobody should be allowed to cheat by using a friend or relative’s address or by temporarily renting a property near to a popular school. Each year a small number of parents try to get a school place by providing false information, which could result in them taking a place that should have gone to another child. Barnet Council takes any attempt to obtain a school place by fraud seriously. Any applications suspected of being fraudulent will be referred to our Corporate Anti-Fraud Team (CAFT) for investigation, if your application is proven to be fraudulent you may be prosecuted in addition to the

school place being withdrawn. All information submitted to Barnet Council can be

used in proactive data matching exercises to assist in the prevention and detection of fraud. If you know someone who intends to use, or has used, a false address to obtain a school place, you can report this confidentially to CAFT:

Fraud hotline: 020 8359 2007

Email: CAFT@barnet.gov.uk

Online: www.barnet.gov.uk/anti-fraud

Neighbouring council school admissions


Local Authority



020 8937 3110


020 7974 1625


020 8379 5501


020 8489 1000


020 8901 2620


0300 123 4043


  • School admissions
  • Building 2
    North London Business Park
    Oakleigh Road South
    N11 1NP
  • Tel: 020 8359 7651
  • FAX: 0870 889 6799

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