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School admissions

The School Admissions team processes applications for school places for children between the ages of 4 and 16.

Use our map below to see which schools are closest to your home.

Our schools 

View a map of our school locations

Choose the relevant section below and then follow the process listed in the relevant admission e-booklet. Each area lists the child’s date of birth and information about how to apply for your child’s school place.

Ofsted inspects all schools and are changing the way they report this information. See the Ofsted website for more information about Ofsted reports or about the changes they are making.

In-year admissions (if your child needs a school place now) Toggle accordion

By law, children aged between 5 and 16 must receive an education. This section is about applying for a school place at any time in the school year in-year admissions. 

If you would like to apply for a place at any of our schools, you will need to apply to the School Admissions Team direct, not to the schools. The admissions procedure and criteria are outlined in the ‘In-year’ booklet ‘Finding a school place’, which you should read before you apply. We've also produced a quick guide to the in-year process. 

Apply online for a school place (In Year Hub)

We will process your application within 10 school days of receiving your form and documents we ask for. If you have already submitted your application but you want to make any changes to your application (like your school or the order of those preferences), please fill in the Change my in-year school application form.

Year 11 school places

This information applies to pupils born between 1 September 2004 and 31 August 2005, who are applying for a place in year 11. Year 11 is a crucial year when pupils take GCSE exams.

If your child has a year 11 school place we strongly advise that you do not ask for them to transfer to another school unless there are exceptional circumstances. This is because a move at this time will cause serious disruption to their education and may disadvantage them. We suggest that you should consider moving your child in exceptional circumstances only.

Many of our schools begin GCSE work in year 9. Your child may have been working to a different timeframe. Different schools use different exam boards, and the syllabus may be different. Coursework they have already done may not be relevant. The change may be a source of unnecessary stress. If you or your child has issues with their current school, we advise that you try to resolve these rather than disrupt your child’s GCSE year.

If your child does not have a year 11 school place you should apply for one as soon as possible. We coordinate admissions to all schools within the borough. There are very few vacancies at any of our schools in years 10 and 11 because it is unusual for pupils to leave during these years. We have therefore made alternative arrangements for pupils without a place at school to access suitable education elsewhere, or until a place can be found.

If we consider it appropriate, we will refer a child to suitable alternative provision. A caseworker from our admissions team will contact you as soon as possible, and discuss suitable provision with you.

Read about our alternative provision

There are other processes you must follow if:

  • your child is starting school for the first time
  • your child is starting junior school for the first time
  • your child is moving from primary or junior school to secondary school
  • your child is starting a technical and training school for the first time

Downloads

Finding a school place ebooklet (PDF, 1MB)

Finding a school place quick guide (PDF, 730KB)

In-year Catholic cover note (PDF, 240KB)

In-year Church of England SIF form  (PDF, 120KB)

Map of our schools (PDF, 565 KB)

Fair access protocol (DOCX, 64 KB)

Year 11 important information (PDF, 133 KB)

Nursery admission Toggle accordion

Our team does not process applications for nursery places. Instead, each of our schools process parents requests.

Please contact our Family Information Service (FIS) and they will provide you with full information for children born from today until 1 September 2017.

Starting school (children aged 3 and 4) Toggle accordion

If your child needs a reception place now, please follow the ‘In-year’ admissions process.

Starting school in 2021

If your child was born between 1 September 2016 and 31 August 2017 they may start school full time in September 2021.  This move is not an automatic process and you will need to apply for a place at the schools you would like your child to go to. You must apply for a place even if your child is already at the school's nursery or has a brother or sister at that school.

The admissions process will start on 1 November 2020. Do not apply for a school place until this date.

School places are not offered based on who applies first.  If you apply now you put your chance of getting a place at your preferred school at risk if you do not follow the process in the 2021 e-booklet which will be published on 1 November 2020.

Please wait until November to apply for a school place, when full information about making your application will be available (including new schools).

The closing date for applications will be 15 January 2021.

Downloads

Map of our schools (PDF, 538 KB)

Previous editions of the booklet

Starting School full time 2020 (PDF, 1MB)

Starting school full time 2019 (PDF, 2MB)

Starting school full time 2018 (PDF, 1.7 MB)

Starting school full-time 2017 (PDF, 763 KB)

Starting school full time 2016 (PDF, 976 KB)

School Admissions Team

020 8215 3004

infos@lbbd.gov.uk

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Moving from infant to junior school in 2021

If your child attends an infant school and was born between 1 September 2013 and 31 August 2014, they will start their junior school in September 2021.

The admissions process will start on 1 November 2020. Do not apply for a school place until this date.

School places are not offered based on who applies first.  If you apply now you put your chance of getting a place at your preferred school at risk if you do not follow the process in the ‘Moving to junior school in 2021’ e-booklet which will be published on 1 November 2020.

Please therefore wait until November to apply for a school place, when full information (including new schools) about making your application will be available.  The closing date will be 15 January 2021.

Linked Barking & Dagenham junior schools

If you want your child to attend their link Barking & Dagenham junior school, you do not need to fill in an application form, as we will do this for you (even if you live outside the borough).

If you would prefer your child to go to a different junior school you must apply online from 1 November.

Junior schools outside the borough

For infant and junior schools outside the borough, please contact the school or relevant local authority about their admissions procedure.

If they confirm you need to apply through your home local authority (us) you will need to apply online from 1 November.

Junior applications from children not in infant schools

If your child is at any other type of school and you would like to apply for a year 3 place at a Junior school (for September 2020 start) you will also have to apply online from 1 November.

Downloads

Map of our schools (PDF, 250KB)

Previous editions of the booklet

Moving to junior school in 2020 (PDF, 890KB)

Moving to junior school 2019 (PDF, 952 KB)

Moving to junior school 2018 (PDF, 1 MB)

Moving to junior school 2017 (PDF, 385 KB)

Moving to junior school 2016 (PDF, 212 KB)

School Admissions Team

020 8215 3004

infos@lbbd.gov.uk

Moving to secondary school Toggle accordion

If your child was born between 1 September 2009 and 31 August 2010 they will start a secondary-phase school in September 2021.

This move is not an automatic process and you must apply for a place at the schools you would like your child to go to.

Please note that in this borough, only All Saints School and Goresbrook School have a sibling link for secondary school applications.
When you apply online, the eAdmissions system will not allow parents to enter sibling details for any other Barking and Dagenham secondary schools.

Apply online for a school place

Important things to note

If your application is late, your child is not likely to get a place at an oversubscribed school.

Do not put your application at risk. You must read the admissions e-booklet ‘Moving to secondary school in 2021’ before you apply.

If you try to apply online and you cannot see your exact address in the list, or the schools you want to apply for are not listed, you must contact the School Admissions Team before 5pm on 30 October 2020 or your application will be late. 

Watch our presentation about the admissions process on YouTube

If you have any technical difficulties when making your application online, the 'Online admissions helpdesk’ is available Monday to Friday from 9.30am to 5.30pm. Call 020 8255 5555 and select option 1.

If you still need help after calling the helpdesk, please contact us by email or phone – our details are below. 

The online closing date is midnight on 31 October 2020.

Results will be posted from 7pm on 1 March 2021.

Downloads

Moving to secondary school in 2021 e-booklet (PDF, 2MB)

Moving to secondary school in 2021 - a quick guide (PDF, 380KB)

All Saints cover note form (PDF, 325KB)

Map of our schools (PDF, 537 KB)

Editions of the e-booklet for the last 5 years

Moving to secondary school in 2020 (PDF, 1.5 MB)

Moving to secondary school 2019 (PDF, 2MB)

Moving to secondary school 2018 (PDF, 2.5 MB)

Moving to secondary school 2017 (PDF, 1.6 MB)

Moving to secondary school 2016 (PDF, 1.5 MB)

School Admissions Team

020 8215 3004

infos@lbbd.gov.uk

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Options from age 14

Technical and training schools fall into two categories - university technical colleges (UTC) or studio schools. They provide 14 to 19 year olds with technically-based courses of study or learning that is based on the skills they will need for work.

Pupils start these schools in Year 10 but apply when they are in Year 9 (age 14). The Careers Advice Service can help you decide what you would like to do from the age of 14. You can also discover what Studio schools and UTC Colleges are and decide if these are the right option for you.

How to apply for a place for September 2021

First contact the technical and training schools that you would like your child to go to and ask how you apply for a place at their school. Some schools accept applications directly; others only accept applications from the local authority you live in. If the school or college you are interested in only accepts applications from the local authority you live in, apply using the link below.

Apply for a school place

Important things to note

If your application is late, your child is not likely to get a place at an oversubscribed school.

Do not put your application at risk. You must read the admissions e-booklet 'Technical and training schools in 2021' before you apply.

If you try to apply online and you cannot see your exact address in the list, or the schools you want to apply for are not listed, you must contact the School Admissions Team before 5pm on 30 October 2020 or your application will be late. 

The online closing date is midnight on 31 October 2020.  Applications received after this date are late and your child is not likely to get a place at an oversubscribed school.

If you have any technical difficulties when making your application online, the 'Online admissions helpdesk’ is available Monday to Friday from 9.30am to 5.30pm. Call 020 8255 5555 and select option 1.

If you still need help after calling the helpdesk, please contact us by email or phone – our details are below. 

The online closing date is midnight on 31 October 2020.

Results will be posted from 7pm on 1 March 2021.

Year 10 already?

Follow the 'In-year' admissions process listed in the booklet 'Finding a school place - issue 9'.

Elutec

We have a UTC school in this borough called Elutec, on Rainham Road South, Dagenham. For Year 10 entry in September each year, Elutec will only accept applications direct. They will inform both parents and the child’s home council of the results of the applications it receives.

Downloads

Technical and training schools 2021 (PDF, 550 KB)

Previous editions

Technical and training schools 2020 (PDF, 523 KB)

Technical and training schools 2019 (PDF, 530KB)

Technical and training schools 2018 (PDF, 767 KB)

Technical and training schools 2017 (PDF, 632 KB)

Technical and training schools 2016 (DOCX, 1.6 MB)

School Admissions Team

020 8215 3004

infos@lbbd.gov.uk

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How to appeal for a school place

You have a right to appeal to an independent appeal panel if we do not offer your child a place at the Barking and Dagenham schools on your application form which are listed as a higher preference than the one we offered you.

To appeal for a place at one of our schools you will need to complete the online appeal form or download a copy for printing. The school appeals guidance notes explain how to appeal against our decision.

Use one form for each child for any of our schools. Submit your online form or return your filled-in paper appeal form to the clerk to the appeal panel at the address printed on the front of the paper form. The clerk will let you know the date of your appeal.

Important information

If you change your preferences and do not list the schools you are appealing for on your most up to date common application form, we will withdraw your appeal.

The appeal will be heard by an independent appeal panel of three people, who have no connection with the school or the School Admissions team.

The appeal panel’s decision is final and everyone must accept it.

Under the School Admission Appeals Code 2012, appeals should be heard within 30 school days of the date the appeal is made.

The academic year ends around mid to late July each year (and there is a half-term holiday in late May or early June), so if you make your appeal after the last Monday in May, it may not be considered within that academic year.

We will let you know if this applies to you.

See the appeals section of our admissions e-booklets for more details.

Important note for infant class size limit

By law, reception, year 1 and year 2 classes (also known as Key Stage 1) must not contain more than 30 pupils with a single teacher – this is known as infant class size prejudice.

So for Key Stage 1 classes that already have 30 pupils, the panel should only allow an appeal in exceptional circumstances. As a result of this, Key Stage 1 cases have a very limited chance of being successful.

Appealing for schools outside the borough

If you want to appeal for a place in a school outside Barking and Dagenham, you will need to contact the relevant admissions authority (local authority or school) for more details about how to appeal.

Downloads

Timetable for Primary School Admission Appeals 2020-21 (PDF, 75 KB)

Timetable for Secondary School Admission Appeals 2020-21 (PDF, 27 KB)

Appeals form and guidance notes (PDF, 856 KB)

School admissions code (PDF, 662 KB)

School appeals code (PDF, 275 KB)

For more information, see Department for Education appeals.

School admissions appeal form

Determined admission arrangements Toggle accordion

All schools must have admission arrangements that clearly set out how school applications are processed, including the criteria that will be applied if there are more applications than places at a school. Admission arrangements are set by admission authorities. The council is the admissions authority for all community schools in this borough.

Voluntary aided schools and academies set their own admissions arrangements and are known as own admission authority schools. Every admission authority must set (determine) their admission arrangements each year and publish them on their website by 1 May.

Select the tab ‘school consultation’ for schools that are changing their admission arrangements for the next academic year.

The determined admissions arrangements for all Barking and Dagenham schools for 2020-2021 and 2021-2022 entry are listed here. If you feel these arrangements do not comply with the school admissions code or laws relating to admissions, make your objection to the Office of the Schools Adjudicator by 15 May:

Important note

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, under the Coronavirus Act and its associated regulations, places of worship were closed for public worship from the start of lockdown in mid-March.

Faith groups and other educational establishments (including the Office of the Schools Adjudicator (OSA) and the Department for Education (DfE)) have agreed that schools can ask for a ‘variation to their admissions arrangements’ for this specific situation. The variation is an explanation of how religious attendance will be calculated in these unique circumstances.

This variation affects St Margaret’s and William Ford church of England schools. As a result, admissions arrangements for these schools in relation to attending worship will only apply to the period when the relevant place of worship or alternative premises were available for public worship.

The Office of the Schools Adjudicator

Mowden Hall, Staindrop Road, Darlington DL3 9BG

Any decision the adjudicator makes must be followed by the admission authority and their admission arrangements must change in line with the adjudicator’s request.

Key Stage 1 and 2 schools

2019-20

Admission arrangements 2019-20 St Margaret's C of E primary school (PDF, 251 KB)

Admission arrangements 2019-20 for junior schools (PDF, 261 KB)

Admission arrangements 2019-20 for infant and primary schools (PDF, 343 KB)

Admission arrangements 2019-20 Year 3 entry William Ford junior schools (PDF, 188 KB)

St Joseph's Catholic school - Barking determined admission arrangements for 2019-20 (PDF, 473 KB)

St Joseph's Catholic school - Dagenham determined admission arrangements for 2019-20 (PDF, 304 KB)

St Peter's Catholic school - Dagenham determined admission arrangements for 2019-20  (PDF, 306 KB)

St Teresa's Catholic school - Dagenham determined admission arrangements for 2019-20 (PDF, 253 KB)

St Vincent's Catholic school - Dagenham determined admission arrangements for 2019-20 (PDF, 252 KB)

2020-21

Admission arrangements 2010-21 St Margaret's C of E primary school (PDF, 252 KB)

Admission arrangements 2020-21 for junior schools (PDF, 259 KB)

Admission arrangements 2020-21 for infant and primary schools (PDF, 341 KB)

Admission arrangements 2020-21 Year 3 entry William Ford junior schools (PDF, 189 KB)

St Joseph's Catholic school - Barking determined admission arrangements for 2020-21 (PDF, 253 KB)

St Joseph's Catholic school - Dagenham determined admission arrangements for 2020-21 (PDF, 253 KB)

St Peter's Catholic school - Dagenham determined admission arrangements for 2020-21  (PDF, 253 KB)

St Teresa's Catholic school - Dagenham determined admission arrangements for 2020-21 (PDF, 253 KB)

St Vincent's Catholic school - Dagenham determined admission arrangements for 2020-21 (PDF, 253 KB)

Key Stage 3 and 4 schools

2019-20

Admission arrangements 2019-20 for All Saints school (PDF, 228 KB)

Admission arrangements 2019-20 for secondary schools (PDF, 271 KB)

Admission arrangements 2019-20 for 14 to 19 schools (PDF, 218 KB)

2020-21

Admission arrangements 2020-21 for All Saints school (PDF, 225 KB)

Admission arrangements 2020-21 for secondary schools (PDF, 272 KB)

Admission arrangements 2020-21 for 14 to 19 schools (PDF, 219 KB)

Proposed school expansion Toggle accordion

We do not have any new expansion projects taking place at our schools at this time.

Schools Adjudicator report Toggle accordion

In June each year, local authorities must complete a standard report and submit the information gained about schools in their area to the Office of the Schools Adjudicator. The key role of the Schools Adjudicator is to guarantee a fair admissions system and enforce the rules of the School Admissions Code.

Schools Adjudicator report (PDF, 310 KB)

Admissions interest list Toggle accordion

Interest list for our schools are now closed. Instead, you must fill in a new in-year application form for the new school year.

Use our in-year hub to make your application online from 25 July 2020.

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All schools must have admission arrangements that clearly set out how school applications are processed, including the criteria that will be applied if there are more applications than places at a school. Admission arrangements are set by admission authorities.

All our schools have agreed their admission arrangements for the academic years 2020/2021 and 2021/2022. Full details are set out under the heading ‘determined arrangements’.

Any Barking and Dagenham schools who want to make changes to their admission arrangements for 2022/2023 entry will list this information on this page between October to January. Please visit this page on a monthly basis during that time, if you would like to take part in any consultation that may happen.

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Proposals for new Additional Resource Provisions and the expansion of Trinity Further Education Centre

This consultation sets out details of four proposals relating to the permanent establishment of three Additional Resource Provisions and the expansion of the Further Education Centre at Trinity Special School.

The London Borough of Barking and Dagenham is proposing to:

1. Permanently establish three new Additional Resource Provisions (ARP’s) at the following schools:

  • Barking Abbey Secondary School
  • Thomas Arnold Primary School 
  • Grafton Primary School

and

2. Expand the Further Education Centre (FEC) at Trinity Special School.

The ARP’s are for pupils with statements of SEND who have been diagnosed with Autism and the proposals would take effect from the start of the Summer Term 2020. The FEC admits pupils from 16-19 years old, all with complex and severe or profound learning difficulties and the proposal would take effect from the start of the Winter Term 2020.

Consultation documents

We would like to know what the community thinks about these proposals. These documents set the proposals out in more detail.

Proposal Document - Thomas Arnold Primary - April 2020 (PDF, 214 KB)

Proposal Document - Barking Abbey ARP - April 2020 (PDF, 215 KB)

Proposal Document - Grafton Primary School - April 2020 (PDF, 216 KB)

Proposal Document - Trinity Further Education Centre - April 2020 (PDF, 45 KB)

Notice for various SEN units - Barking Abbey, Thomas Arnold, Grafton (PDF, 8 KB)

Expansion of Further Education Centre at Trinity Special School (PDF, 45 KB)

Why we are consulting

This is a statutory consultation on school organisation proposals, the relevant guidance for which can be found on GOV.UK:

School organisation - local-authority-maintained schools

The national guidance states an expectation that consultation should last 4 weeks and this principle is applied here, in line with standard practice.

What happens next

Following the completion of the consultation period, the decision on whether to formally approve the proposals will be referred to the Cabinet in March 2020.

The outcome of the consultation process and the decision taken will be published on the council website.

The responses received as part of the consultation exercise will be collated and fed into the decision making process. Should it be decided to proceed, the intention would be to implement the proposals for the permanent establishment of the three new ARP’s in April 2020 and for the expansion of the Further Education Centre at Trinity Special School in September 2020.

School Admissions team

020 8215 3004

admissions@lbbd.gov.uk