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. Primary National Offer Day - Thursday 16 April 2020
- 2. Before you apply: if you've not applied already, or to apply for more schools
- 3. How to apply for a school place
- 4. Proof of address and child's date of birth
- 5. Supplementary Information Forms (SIFs)
- 6. Contact us
1. Primary National Offer Day - Thursday 16 April 2020
If you applied for your child's reception class place before the deadline of 15 January 2020 online, you will receive an email in the evening of 16 April asking you to log in to your child’s online application to view the outcome. Alternatively you can log in to the eadmissions portal below to access the outcome. Please read the details given, and accept the offer by 30 April 2020 to secure it.
Only if you applied using a paper Common Application Form will an outcome letter be posted first class to you on 16 April with a reply form to be returned by the same date.
It is vital that you respond to the offer the offer your child has been made by Thursday 30 April 2020
If you are unsure how to do this online, please see our instructions for accepting your child's offer.
Further advice about the primary 2020/21 admissions process
For further information on this and what to do about the outcome of your application please see one of the following question and answer sheets:
- My child has not been offered their first preference school
- My child has received an allocated place
Most of the advice given by the School Admissions Team is stated in the details contained in the above information sheets. If, after reading the relevant Q&A sheet you still have questions that are not covered, please contact Lambeth School Admissions Team at firstname.lastname@example.org or 020 7926 9503.
Please note that details of waiting list places will not be available immediately, as lists need to be reordered which may take a couple of weeks or so to include late applications etc.
Due to possible reduced staff availability in schools and unknown timeframes regarding lock down, the date and format of school inductions, uniform collections etc will be affected. Parents/carers with offers at a school will be contacted by school staff about the next steps, but please bear with them as they work through the requirements in this time.
You can view details of how offers were made for Lambeth schools on National Offer Day.
If you wish to apply for more schools and applied online for your child's original application, you will need to use a Lambeth paper Common Application Form, as only one online application can be submitted.
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.
2. Before you apply: if you've not applied already, or to apply for more schools
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
Please also view the Amendment to Lambeth school admissions policy for 2020/21 entry
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.
3. 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.
If you can't apply online, or are making a second application for your child
If you live in Lambeth, you can download the:
Completed forms will need to be handed in by appointment at the Lambeth Customer Service Centre or sent back to us by email or 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.
However, if you are unable to visit the Customer Service Centre and wish us to process an application or proof of address documentation etc, you can email these to email@example.com on the understanding that the security of any unsecured/unencrypted sensitive information which is emailed to us is the responsibility of the sender. By emailing us such documents unencrypted, you are accepting full responsibility for its security. If possible, we would recommend that items are sent securely via an email encryption package (we use egress switch which is free).
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
4. 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Changes to preferences after the deadline for on time applications are not permitted.
5. 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.