If your child was born between 1 September 2016 and 31 August 2017, you must apply for a primary school reception year place for September 2021.

Apply online and apply on time!

The deadline for applications is midnight on Friday 15 January 2021.

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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 for each Lambeth state school

You may also find it useful to read our A brief guide to starting primary schools in Lambeth 2021/22 booklet. Please note that there is a 'Starting primary school in Lambeth 2021-22' booklet addendum for stage 11 to clarify matters regarding outside of chronological age group applications. You may also wish to view the additional information for those considering delayed entry for their child.

You can view details of how offers were made on National Offer Day in previous years to help you decide which schools to apply for, though please be aware that this is only for reference and cannot be used as a guarantee of how places will be offered for the 2021/22 intake.

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.

Changes to school admissions policies due to COVID-19 restrictions

Please note that some schools with a religious ethos have been granted a variation to their school admissions arrangements. This is in relation to religious observance, ie how often and how long a family attend a place of worship. If you are wanting to apply for a religious school, please check their webpage to see if there is a variation to their policy, as it may vary from the one published in our booklet linked above, or if the school is in a different borough, in their booklet. If you have any questions about this element, please speak to the staff at the school.

Children with special educational needs and 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.

If 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 by the deadline of 15 January 2021

Apply online and apply on time!

You must apply for an infant or primary school place using the Common Application Form on the eAdmissions website. Applications can be made from 1 September 2020.

See pages 15 to 17 in the Starting primary school in Lambeth 2021/22 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.

Apply for a reception place

If you are uncertain about how to create an account, or forgotten your password, please view the short help videos easily found on the eAdmissions portal webpage. If you still experience problems with creating an account, validating email addresses, or website functionality, 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 Common Application Forms (CAFs) for applying to an infant or primary school place. These are only for use in previously agreed exceptional circumstances.

Completed forms will need to be submitted to Lambeth School Admissions Team with the required proof of address and date of birth documentation (see section on this). These items can be sent by post, by email or via scanning facilities in the Lambeth Customer Centre. You will need an appointment for the latter.

By post

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

By email

You can email the CAF and documentation to schooladmissions@lambeth.gov.uk 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).

By hand

You can book an appointment at the Lambeth Customer Service Centre to use their scanning facilities to submit information to us.

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 online Common Application Form, even if you are applying late. Please see our help guide to attaching documents to the online CAF. 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 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 for the admissions criteria to be looked at fully. This is in addition to the Common Application Form being submitted

It is vital that you submit any SIFs that are required for the schools you apply for, by their deadline, otherwise this will significantly reduce the likelihood of your child gaining a place at the school.

Check pages 18 to 23, as well as the criteria pages, in the Starting primary school in Lambeth 2021/22 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 15 January 2021, 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 - Friday 16 April 2021

If you apply online, you'll be sent an email on 16 April 2021 telling you your child's school place offer. You can also check the offer on the eAdmissions website.

If you apply by post, an outcome letter will be sent to you by post on 16 April 2021.

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 Team Call Centre on 020 7926 9503.

8. Lambeth School Admissions Team privacy notice

In accordance with the General Data Protection Act 2018, this document states how the information you give is used for school admissions and safeguarding purposes. Also for information on how Lambeth Council processes personal data please see our privacy notice.

If you need any further information about Lambeth Council's privacy notice please email infogov@lambeth.gov.uk.