2020/2021 Application deadlines
Primary School/Reception (age four)
Applications for primary school should have been made before 15 January 2021. You can no longer apply online, email the Education and Early Years Service to make a late application.
Secondary School/Year seven (age 11)
Applications for secondary school should have been made before 31 October 2020. You can no longer apply online, email the Education and Early Years Service to make a late application.
Contact the School Admissions Service
We offer free advice about the school admission process and can help you choose the right school for your child.
For information about school admissions, see the starting school guides below, call 020 7332 1002 or contact the FYi team.
Or write to:
Education and Early Years Service
Community and Children's Services
PO Box 270
London EC2P 2EJ
Email the Education and Early Years Service
Get in touch to talk about
- How the school system works in the UK
- How to find your local schools
- What to look for in a school
- How and when to apply
- What to do if you don't get a place
- How to complete the application form
- How to make an appeal if your child is not offered a place at your preferred school
How to apply
To apply, you need to submit a completed common application.
If your child was born between 1 September 2016 and 31 August 2017 you need to apply before 15 January 2021
You can apply online by using the eAdmissions website, which opens for applications in September and is accessible right up until midnight on 15 January. You can also apply in writing by requesting a form from the City of London Schools Admissions Service on 020 7332 1002.
The address details you provide on your application form will be checked with the City of London Corporation’s council tax records so that we can be sure you live in the City of London. If we can't match your address we will contact you and ask you for evidence of where you are living. Your application will not be processed until your address has been verified.
You are also required to provide proof of child residence. This can be in the form of your latest child benefit letter or other official Government documentation such as your latest Tax Credits notification.
We prefer that you make your application online as this is the safest, quickest and easiest way to make an application. If you would like to apply online but don't have access to a computer either at home or at your local library, please contact us.
To find out more about the primary school admissions process, including tips on how to select schools and make your preferences, please read our Starting Primary School Guide (above)
Finding the right school for your child takes time and will require lots of research.
Starting early will give you enough time to make informed and realistic choices about the school that will be right for your child. Take time to visit as many of the schools you're interested in.
Parents looking for a primary school place can also apply for schools in other local authorities. To find schools near your home visit the School Finder website which lets you look at school information including Ofsted reports, performance data and a profile of the school.
Children start secondary school in year seven. You must begin the process of applying for a secondary school place when your child is in year six.
How to apply
To apply, you need to submit a completed common application form.
your child was born between 1 September 2009 and 31 August 2010 you need to apply before 31 October 2020.
If you missed the deadline you will need to complete a paper application, which can be obtained by contacting the School Admissions Service on 020 7332 1002.
You can apply online by using the eAdmissions website, which opens for applications in September and is accessible right up until midnight on 31 October. You can also apply in writing by requesting a paper form from the City of London Schools Admissions Service by calling 020 7332 1002.
To find out more about the secondary school admissions process, including tips on how to select schools and make your preferences, please read our Starting Secondary School Guide (above)
Secondary schools and City of London academies
Children living in the City of London have priority admission places for three academies in neighbouring boroughs. There are no maintained secondary schools in the City of London.
For more information see the City of London Schools page
Schools in other areas
Pupils transferring to secondary school can also apply for schools in neighbouring boroughs. Go to the School Finder website to look at school information.
Go to our City of London schools page to view a full list.
What is an in-year application?
In-year admissions is the process of applying to a school at any time outside the normal admissions rounds. Normal admissions rounds are those that take place during September of the year a child starts either Reception or secondary school. You must complete an in-year application if:
- you have moved home or newly arrived to the UK and are looking for a school place
- you child been educated at home and now you wish to apply for a school place, or
- you simply want your child to move your child from one school to another, please speak to your child’s Headteacher prior to making this decision.
Moving from nursery to primary school
If your child has been assessed as having SEND or has an Education, Health and Care Plan the transition process should begin with a Transition Meeting at your child's nursery in the term before they transfer to school. Ideally this meeting should be attended by staff from your new school. Sometimes an Educational Psychologist and other staff may also attend.
Moving from primary to secondary school
If your child has SEND, the move from primary to secondary school should always be supported by the Special Educational Needs Co-ordinator (SENCO) at your child’s primary school and the SENCO at the secondary school working together to make sure the move goes as smoothly as possible. The City of London provides a dedicated transition support service for children living in the City who have education, health and care plans. This is provided by members of our SEND team who will support you through the transition process.
In addition, you can access support from a dedicated Family Partnership Officer within the Tower Hamlets SEND Information, Advice and Support Service (SENDIASS).
They offer impartial advice and support and can discuss options for children moving on to secondary education. Their contact details are:
Tower Hamlets & City of London
Family Information, Advice and Support Service
30 Greatorex St
London E1 5NPT
elephone: 020 7364 6489 (Monday to Friday, 9am- 5pm)
Email: Family Information, Advice and Support Service
Before making an application for a school place, please make sure you have read all the information available on this page, especially the latest primary or secondary school admissions booklet.
You must have parental responsibility for the child whose place you are applying for, and both you and your child must be resident in the City of London.
Proof of child's residence in the City of London
In order to verify your child's address you will be required to provide an official letter dated from no more than one year before the date of your application. Ideally, this should include the child's date of birth. If the child's date of birth is not on the letter you will also need to provide his or her birth certificate or medical card. Documents can be scanned and uploaded online or provided in hard copy.
Documents you could use as proof of your child's address include:
- Child benefit letter
- Letter from a GP or other NHS provider
- Letter from a current childcare provider
- Bank or building society letter or statement
Where parents live apart and share responsibility for a child, we will require a joint declaration from both parents confirming how the child divides their time between the two addresses. This should also state which of the two addresses is to be used for the application. If the child's residence is not split equally between the two addresses we will use the address where the child spends most time during the school week.
Proof of parent's residence in the City of London
The address you provide for yourself on your application will be checked against the City of London's Council Tax Department’s records. If your details are not found, we will investigate further to determine your address, and we will ask you to provide three documents from the following:
- Mortgage statement issued in the last 12 months
- Financial statement, eg pension or endowment issued in last 12 months
- P45 or P60 statement issued in last 12 months
- Central or local government document issued in last 12 months
- Bank or building society statement issued in last three months
- Bank or building society account opening confirmation letter issued in the last three months
- Credit card statement issued in last three months
- Utility bill, such as gas or electricity issued in last three months (mobile telephone bills are not acceptable)
- Benefit statement, eg Child Benefit, Pension issued in last three months
- Letter from the GP issued in last three months
Your application may not be processed until we verify your details.
If an investigation into your application is still ongoing when school places are being offered you will be offered a place on a conditional basis.
Once all the information has been gathered, the City of London Corporation will write to you about what we have found. You will then have the opportunity to respond, and if necessary submit further information. The City Corporation will then make a decision as to whether or not your application is genuine. If we decide your application is fraudulent you will be given a period of notice during which you will have a final opportunity to provide evidence.
If we find that your true address is in another local authority, your application will be forwarded to that local authority's school admission service.
If your child has already started school by the time we identify a fraudulent application, we may consider alternatives to withdrawing the place.
The City Corporation will only accept late applications with very good reason. For example when a single parent has been ill for some time, or has been dealing with the death of a close relative; a family has just moved into the City of London area or is returning from abroad. Other circumstances will be considered and each case will be decided on its own merits.
The City of London Corporation is a data controller, and processes personal data in accordance with the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) and the Data Protection Act 2018. For full details of how and why the City of London Corporation processes personal data, please refer to the full privacy notice. Alternatively, you can request a hard copy. Please direct all data protection queries to the information compliance team.
With the new Education Inspection Framework coming into force in September 2019. Ofsted have written a short 'explainer text' for parents on how these changes will affect you.
Please read more information from Ofsted.