If your child was born between 1 September 2014 and 31 August 2015, you can apply for a primary school reception year place for September 2019. The deadline for applications was midnight on Tuesday 15 January 2019.

If you have not applied already, you still need to do so online for your child to start primary school in September 2019. This form will be counted as a late application and will be processed after 16 April 2019.

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1. Before you apply

It's important to know how the primary school process works and what you need to do and when.

Read our Starting primary school in Lambeth 2019-20 booklet for full information about the admissions process and admission criteria for each school.

You may also find it useful to read our brief guide to starting primary schools in Lambeth 2019-20 booklet.

Also, please view the notice about Wyvil and Vauxhall Primary Schools admissions criteria.

You can view details of how offers were made in previous years to help you decide which schools to apply for:

Children with special educational needs and, or disabilities (SEND)

If your child has an Education Health Care Plan (EHCP), you'll need to apply for a school place in a different way.

Read about choosing and applying for a school for a child with an ECHP in the SEND Local Offer.

Applying for a school place using the eAdmissions website when your child has a EHCP will not be valid and your child may miss out on a school place.

You don't live in Lambeth

If you live in a different borough but want to send your child to a school in Lambeth, please apply through your home council's website so that you the see information for your borough, or complete their paper application Form.

Applying for schools in a different borough

If you want to apply for a school in a different borough you'll still need to apply through the Lambeth school admissions team and follow the application process on this page.

You can find the school admissions details for neighbouring boroughs on the Apply for a school place in another borough - guide page.

2. How to apply for a school place

You must apply for a primary school place using the eAdmissions website.

See pages 15 to 17 in the Starting primary school in Lambeth 2019-20 booklet for a step-by-step guide on applying online before clicking on the link below to the application portal.

Apply for a reception place

If you experience problems logging into the eAdmissions website, or the website functionality or with validating email addresses and mobile numbers, please call the London Grid for Learning support line on 020 8255 5555 and press option 1.

If you can't apply online

There will be a very limited amount of paper forms for applying for a reception school place. These are only families who can't access the internet.

Completed forms will need to be handed in by appointment at the Lambeth Customer Service Centre or sent back to us by post.

Appointments are required for staff to check the documents handed in and will last around 10 minutes. Most appointments will be available for the same day or the following day.

You can book an appointment online or in person at the customer service centre.

If you choose to send your application by post, you must use the correct postage and send it to:

Lambeth School Admissions Team
London Borough of Lambeth
PO Box 734
S023 5DG

3. Proof of address and child's date of birth

When you apply for a school place you'll need to provide proof your address and your child's date of birth.

You must upload the correct documents for you and your child to the eAdmissions website even if you are applying late. If you've filled in a paper form, you must include these documents when you submit your application.

Without this documentation your child’s application may be withdrawn and no offer made at a school.

Take a look at at the required documents list to ensure you provide what is needed.

Change of details

If you move address after submitting your application, you must tell us about this so we can contact you if we need more information or to tell you the result of your application.

To tell us about your change of address, you'll need to fill in our school admissions change of address form and provide proof of your new address for and your child.

You'll also need to tell us if you have a change of medical circumstances or a sibling starts at a preferred school. You can do this by sending an email to the school admissions team at schooladmissions@lambeth.gov.uk.

Changes to preferences after the deadline for on time applications are not permitted.

4. Supplementary Information Forms (SIFs)

Some schools ask you to complete a SIF to provide extra information when you apply for a place.

You must ensure that you complete these forms where needed and return them to the school by their deadline for the admissions criteria to be looked at fully.

Check pages 18 to 23, as well as the criteria pages, in the Starting primary school in Lambeth 2019/20 booklet to see which schools ask for these and their deadlines.

Download a Lambeth Supplementary Information Form.

If you're applying for schools in other boroughs, please check their council website to see if a SIF is needed.

5. Applying after the deadline

If you apply after Tuesday 15 January 2019, your application will be treated as a 'late application'.

This means:

  • your preferences will be considered after all the preferences received on time have been allocated
  • the likelihood of gaining a place at your preferred school may be significantly reduced.

If you need help to complete your application or advice on applying, contact us as soon as possible so you can apply on time.

6. Offers

Primary National Offer Day - Tuesday 16 April 2019.

If you apply online, you'll be sent an email on 16 April 2019 telling you your child's school place offer. You can also check the offer on the eAdmissions website.

If you applied on time using a paper form you will receive a letter with the outcome by post on 16 April 2019.

If you applied after 15 January 2019 your application will be processed after 16 April 2019 and an outcome letter sent in due course afterwards. There are no set timescales for outcome letters to be sent.

7. Contact us

If you need advice on applying for a school place, you can email us at schooladmissions@lambeth.gov.uk or call the school admissions call centre on 020 7926 9503.