Applying for a reception place for September 2020
If your child was born between 1 September 2015 and 31 August 2016 they are due to start in Reception class at a primary school from September 2020.
You must apply for a Reception place for your child even if they attend a school nursery or have an older brother or sister at your preferred school. If your child currently attends a nursery attached to a school this does not give them any priority for a place in Reception at that school.
The booklet Starting Primary School 2020 (3MB PDF) contains all the information you need to know about applying for a Reception class place.
The London Borough of Waltham Forest takes very seriously any attempt to gain an advantage in the admissions process by giving false information. It is really important that the admissions system is fair for everybody. Nobody should be allowed to cheat by using a friend or relative’s address, a business address or by temporarily renting a property near to a popular school. Each year a number of parents try to get a school place by providing false information, which could result in them taking a place that should have gone to another child.
The Local Authority will investigate all instances where a parent is thought to have provided false or misleading information in order to gain admission to a school. Your address will be checked by reference to various records and, if necessary, by a council officer visiting the application address.
A false application may, in addition to possible prosecution, lead to the withdrawal of your child’s place in the school applied for, even if the child has already started school.
For details on how we use your information for fraud prevention, including sharing with fraud prevention agencies, please see our updated Anti-Fraud Fair Processing Notice. If you suspect someone has provided false information on a school application form please report fraud online. Alternatively you can call the fraud hotline anonymously, 24 hours a day on 0300 003 1099 or you can email us at firstname.lastname@example.org
The closing date for applications is 15 January 2020.
The eAdmissions website for online applications opens on 1 September 2019 and the closing date for on time applications is 15 January 2020. If you apply after 15 January your application will be considered as late and will be processed after all the on time applications. Please note that late applications can be made on the eAdmissions website until July 2020.
You can download a guide explaining how to apply for your child's school place online (140KB PDF).
There are FAQs and guidance sheets to help you complete your online application on the eAdmissions website. If you are having a technical problem completing your application please email email@example.com.
If you and your child live in Waltham Forest you must apply through us. If you and your child live outside Waltham Forest, you must apply to the local authority in which you live. The eAdmissions website will redirect your application to the correct local authority based on the address and postcode you enter.
Please note that the preferred method for primary admissions is digitally. If you are unable to apply online you can download the primary common application form (70KB PDF). Instructions for how to submit your paper application are on the back of the application form.