If your child was born between 1 September 2015 and 31 August 2016, you must apply for a primary school reception year place for September 2020.
The deadline for on-time applications was midnight on Wednesday 15 January 2020.
If you have not applied already, you still need to do so online for your child to start primary school in September 2020. This form will be counted as a late application and will be processed after 16 April 2020.
Sections in this guide (click title to view)
- 1. Before you apply
- 2. How to apply for a school place
- 3. Proof of address and child's date of birth
- 4. Supplementary Information Forms (SIFs)
- 5. Applying after the deadline
- 6. Offers
- 7. Contact us
1. Before you apply
It's important to know how the primary and infant school process works, what you need to do and when.
Please read our booklet for full information about the admissions process and admission criteria, open days for each Lambeth school.
You may also find it useful to read our A brief guide to starting primary schools in Lambeth 2020/21 booklet
You can view details of how offers were made in previous years to help you decide which schools to apply for:
It is strongly advised that you visit the schools you wish to apply for, please contact the schools for information about their open days. You may wish to look at a school's Ofsted report for the schools too.
Children with special educational needs and, or disabilities (SEND)
If your child has an Education, Health and 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.
Find the school admissions details for neighbouring boroughs and apply for a school place in another borough.
2. How to apply for a school place
You must apply for a primary school reception class place using the Common Application Form on the eAdmissions website. Applications can be made until 30 June 2020 online.
See pages 15 to 17 in the Starting primary school in Lambeth 2020/21 booklet for a step-by-step guide on applying online before clicking on the link below to the application portal.
Please note that if you had created an eadmissions account in the past and have not used it in the last three years, you may need to create a new account, as some historical accounts/children's' details will have been deleted in compliance with GDPR.
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.
The ParentComms:Mobile app is an alternative way to receive notifications from the eAdmissions website and is designed to help parents stay connected with their child's school.
If you don’t already use ParentComms through your child's school, you will need to download the ParentComms app from the Apple AppStore, Google Play or Windows Phone Store to a mobile device and register your eAdmissions USO username and password to receive the following push notifications from the eAdmissions website:
- A reminder to submit any un-submitted applications 1 week before as well as 24 hours before the closing date. (If you register less than 24 hours before the deadline you will not be able to be sent this message).
- Your application reference number of your submitted application
- The outcome of your application.
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 for use in previously agreed exceptional circumstances.
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
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 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 email@example.com.
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. This is in addition to the Common Application Form being submitted
Check pages 18 to 23, as well as the criteria pages, in the A starting primary school in Lambeth 2020/21 booklet
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 Wednesday 15 January 2020, your application will be treated as a 'late application'.
- 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.
Primary National Offer Day is Thursday 16 April 2020
If you apply online, you'll be sent an email on 16 April 2020 telling you your child's school place offer. You can also check the offer on the eAdmissions website.
If you apply by post, you will receive a letter with the outcome by post on 16 April 2020.
If you applied after 15 January 2020 your application will be processed after 16 April 2020 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 firstname.lastname@example.org or call the School Admissions Team Call Centre on 020 7926 9503.