Starting Reception in September 2024
If your child was born between 1 September 2019 and 31 August 2020, you will need to apply for a school place in reception year, for September 2024.
1 September 2023 - start of application process
15 January 2024 - closing date for on-time applications
9 February 2024 - deadline for late applications with good reason, to be given on-time priority
16 April 2024 - Primary National Offer Day
Applications received after 15 January 2024, will not be considered until school places have first been allocated to all those who applied on time. Late applicants may not receive an offer on Primary National Offer Day.
If you believe you have a good reason for missing the closing date, please complete and submit the Reason for Late Application Form.
Applications received after 9 February 2024, will not be given on-time priority even if there is good reason for the lateness.
Preparing to make your application
Before you start making your application
read our Primary admissions guide (PDF, 5 MB) to find out about Barnet schools and the admissions process;
- look at the school priority maps to see the catchment areas for Barnet community primary schools;
contact the schools you are interested in if you would like to arrange a visit;
use the guidance notes (PDF 187 KB) to help make your application;
you will need an email address to make your application;
- you will need to provide proof of your address and your child’s date of birth so have your documents ready.
If you are considering delaying your child's admission to school, you must still apply for a school place in their normal year group.
Read about Deferred entry to Reception for more information on the options available to you.
You must use your child's permanent address.
Do not use the address of a relative or someone who provides temporary care for your child, a business address or a childminder's address.
A temporary address will not be accepted if you still own a property that was previously used as a home address.
Providing false information to secure a school place is a criminal act.
Please check our Primary admissions guide (PDF, 5 MB) for more information about how we determine your home address.
When selecting your school preferences, please note that
you can apply for up to 6 schools;
you must list the schools in the order you prefer them;
we recommend you include your local school;
you can include schools outside Barnet;
you should check how places were offered this year (PDF, 0.2 MB) to get an idea as to which schools are likely to offer your child a place.
Evidence to support your application
Proof of address
Put your council tax number on the application form and upload a copy of one of the following:
tax credit documentation;
a recent bank statement showing Child Benefit payments;
utility bill dated within the last 3 months;
your most recent rent, mortgage statement or tenancy agreement.
If you don’t have a council tax number you must upload two documents from the proof of address list.
Child's date of birth
You will need to provide a copy of your child's short birth certificate or a copy of their passport photo page.
Faith, foundation and academy school applications
Faith schools, some foundation schools and academies will ask you to complete a supplementary information form (SIF) or Certificate of Religious Practice (CRP). These can be downloaded from school websites and should be returned to the school you are applying to.
Evidence needed for exceptional social or medical reasons
Not all schools give priority on exceptional medical or social grounds. If you select a school that gives you the option to claim exceptional medical or social priority and you wish to be considered under one of these criteria, you will need to demonstrate a specific connection between your child's needs and the school. You will be asked to provide a written statement from a doctor, social worker or other independent qualified professional.
If you are applying for a priority place at a Barnet community primary school you must also complete the Medical-Social Circumstances Form (PDF 0.2MB)
Looked after children and previously looked after children
You will have to provide evidence of the child's looked after status. This is normally a letter from the social worker.
For previously looked after children, you must provide one of documents listed below, as well as a document or letter confirming your child was previously in care:
- child arrangements order;
- special guardianship order;
- proof of adoption.
Please make sure you submit all relevant supporting information for a priority claim, by 15 January 2024. Any evidence submitted after this date will not be considered until after 16 April 2024. Providing evidence to support your application does not guarantee priority for a school place.
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