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School admissions

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

Our schools 

View a map of our school locations

All-through schools do not have a separate tick box, but these schools are for all phases (children aged 4 to 16).

Once you know which schools you want to apply for, fill in the correct application form. The form you fill in (paper or online) will depend on your child’s date of birth and when you apply.

To apply for your child’s school place, choose the section below which shows your child’s date of birth and then follow the process listed in the relevant admission e-booklet.

If your child needs a school place now (in-year admissions)

Apply online by using our in-year hub

If you have already applied online but want to change your school or the order of those preferences fill in the Change my in-year application form.

Children born from today until 1 September 2015

Contact the Family Information Service (FIS) about early years options.

Children born 1 September 2014 to 31 August 2015

Apply online from 1 November for your child to start school full-time (reception) in September 2019.

Children born 1 September 2011 to 31 August 2012

Apply online from 1 November for your child to start Junior school in September 2019.

Children born 1 September 2007 to 31 August 2008

Apply online from 1 September for your child to start secondary school in September 2019.

Children born 1 September 2004 to 31 August 2005

Apply online from 1 September for your child to start a technical or training school in September 2019.

For places in 2019 at Elutec, apply directly to the school.

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Starting school in 2019

If your child was born between 1 September 2014 and 31 August 2015 between these dates they can start school in September 2019.

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. 

Apply online for a school place

Important things to note

  • The closing date was 15 January 2019. Applications received after this date are late and your child is not likely to get a place at an oversubscribed school

  • If you have already applied online but want to change your schools or the order of those preferences, you will need to fill in the ‘change my school place application form'

  • Do not put your application at risk. You must read the admissions e-booklet ‘Starting school full-time in 2019’ before you apply (download below)

  • There is currently a delay and late applications will be processed within 20 school days instead of 10.

Downloads

September 2019 Reception admission results for LBBD schools (PDF, 144 KB)

Starting school full time in 2019 e-booklet (PDF, 640 KB)

Starting school quick guide 2019 (PDF, 371 KB)

Catholic schools cover note - reception 2019 (PDF, 126 KB)

St Margarets SIF - 2019 (PDF, 93 KB)

Map of our schools (PDF, 538 KB)

Previous editions of the booklet

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)

Starting school full time 2015 (PDF, 993 KB)

Starting school full time 2014 (PDF, 1 MB)

School Admissions Team

020 8215 3004

infos@lbbd.gov.uk

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Moving from infant to junior school in 2019

If your child is a year 2 pupil and attending an infant school you must apply for your child's year 3 place junior school place (even if you want a place at your linked junior school).

The full admissions process is set out in the booklet ‘Moving to junior school in 2019’.

Important things to note

  • The closing date was 15 January 2019
  • Applications received after the closing date will not be processed until 8 July 2019 and will be dealt with under the ‘in year admissions’ process listed on our website in the booklet ‘finding a school place - issue 7’
  • If your child needs a year 3 place in September please apply online from 1 July 2019 and follow the ‘In-year’ admissions process

Downloads

Moving to junior school 2019 (PDF, 952 KB)

William Ford SIF - 2019 (PDF, 147 KB)

Previous editions of the booklet

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 2019 Toggle accordion

If your child was born between 1 September 2007 and 31 August 2008 they may start secondary school in September 2019.

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. The full admissions process is published in the e-booklet Moving to secondary school in 2019.

Apply online for a school place

Important things to note

  • The closing date was 31 October 2018. Applications received after this date are late and your child is not likely to get a place at an oversubscribed school.
  • If you have already applied online but want to change your school or the order of those preferences fill in the change my school place application form.
  • Do not put your application at risk. You must read the admissions e-booklet ‘Moving to secondary school in 2019’ before you apply.
  • There is currently a delay and late applications will be processed within 20 school days instead of 10.

Downloads

September 2019 Year 7 admission results for LBBD schools (PDF, 225KB)

Moving to secondary school in 2019 e-booklet (PDF, 2 MB)

Moving to secondary school in 2019 - a quick guide (PDF, 404 KB)

Map of our schools (PDF, 537 KB)

All Saints cover note form (PDF, 114 KB)

Editions of the e-booklet for the last 5 years

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)

Moving to secondary school 2015 (PDF, 2 MB)

Moving to secondary school 2014 (PDF, 2.7 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 2019

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, follow the process described here.

Important things to note

  • Do not put your application at risk. You must read the admissions e-booklet 'Technical and training schools in 2019' before you apply.
  • The closing date was 31 October 2018.  Applications received after this date are late and your child is not likely to get a place at an oversubscribed school.
  • If you have already applied online but want to change your preferred schools, please email us or attend our help sessions listed below.
  • 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, help sessions are available at Dagenham Library on Tuesdays and Barking Learning Centre on Thursdays until the closing date. Each session starts at 9am and ends at 4.30pm. Over the Christmas season, the help sessions for making school applications online will be closed on 25 and 27 December 2018 and 1 January 2019. We are sorry for the inconvenience caused. All other sessions will be open as usual.
  • Results will be posted from 7pm on 1 March 2019.

Year 10 already?

Follow the 'In-year' admissions process listed in the booklet 'Finding a school place - issue 7'.

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 2019 (PDF, 530 KB)

Previous editions

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)

Technical and training schools 2015 (DOCX, 1.6 MB)

School Admissions Team

020 8215 3004

infos@lbbd.gov.uk

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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. 

Apply online for a school place

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.

We will process your application within 10 school days of receiving your form and documents we ask for.

Year 11 school places

This information applies to pupils born between 1 September 2002 and 31 August 2003, 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 (PDF, 1 MB)

Finding a school place quick guide (PDF, 733 KB)

In-year Church of England SIF form 2018 (PDF, 146 KB)

In-year Catholic cover note 2018 (PDF, 281 KB)

Map of our schools (PDF, 565 KB)

Fair access protocol (DOCX, 64 KB)

Year 11 important information (PDF, 133 KB)

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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 all 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 timetable for hearing your appeal is published on this page.

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.

Appeals timetable 2019 - primary stage schools

Name of primary schoolAppeal hearing datesDeadline for lodging appealNotice of appeal hearingCirculation of hearing papersDeadline for decision letter
Manor11 June21 May21 May31 May18 June
Eastbury
Village
12 June 21 May21 May3 June19 June
Northbury13 to 14 June21 May22 to 23 May4 to 5 June21 June
Valence
Beam
Monteagle
Marsh Green
17 to 18 June21 May24 May to 3 June6 to 7 June25 June
George Carey C of E
John Perry
Southwood
Rush Green
19 June21 May4 June10 June26 June
St Teresa's
St Vincent's
St Joseph's, Barking
20 June21 May5 June11 June27 June
St Peter's
St Margaret's
St Joseph's, Dagenham
21 June21 May6 June12 June28 June
Henry Green
Thomas Arnold
24 June21 May7 June13 June1 July
Furze
Ripple
Five Elms
Hunters Hall
Roding
Becontree
25 to 26 June21 May10 to 11 June14 to 17 June3 July

Appeals timetable 2019 - secondary stage schools

Name of secondary schoolAppeal hearing datesDeadline for lodging appealNotice of appeal hearingCirculation of hearing papersDeadline for decision letter
Robert Clack30 April to 7 May29 March29 March to 4 April17 to 25 April14 May
Barking Abbey10 to 14 May29 March24 to 26 April30 April to 2 May21 May
All Saints15 to 16 May29 March29 to 30 April3 to 7 May23 May
Jo Richardson20 to 23 May29 March2 to 8 May9 to 14 May6 June
Sydney Russell28 May to 3 June29 March10 May16 to 22 May10 June
Eastbury
Dagenham Park
4 to 5 June29 March13 to 14 May23 to 24 May12 June
Goresbrook
Greatfields
Riverside
Warren
7 June29 March16 May29 May14 June

Downloads

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

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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. 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.

The determined admissions arrangements for all Barking and Dagenham schools for 2016-2017 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:

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.

Select ‘school consultation’ for schools that are changing their 2017-2018 admission arrangements.

Key Stage 1 and 2 schools

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)

Key Stage 3 and 4 schools

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)

Consultation for proposed admission arrangements

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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. 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 2019.

The proposed admissions arrangements for Barking and Dagenham schools changing their arrangements for 2020-2021 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 relevant school by closing date listed below. There are no changes for the admission arrangements for all other Barking and Dagenham schools.

All Saints Catholic School

All Saints Catholic School 2020-2021 proposed admission arrangements

Consultation opened 5 November and closes 17 December 2018.

Please email comments or objections to office@allsaintsschool.co.uk

Consultation document for All Saints Catholic School - 2020 entry (DOC, 99 KB)

St Joseph’s Catholic Primary School - Barking 

St Joseph’s Catholic Primary School - Barking 2020-2021 proposed admission arrangements

Consultation opens 17 December 2018 and closes 25 January 2019. 

St Joseph's Barking - proposed 2020-2021 admission arrangements (PDF, 257 KB)

St Joseph's Barking - proposed 2020-2021 supplementary information form (PDF, 309 KB)

St Joseph's Barking - Consultation reply form (PDF, 203 KB)

St Joseph’s Catholic Primary School - Dagenham

St Joseph’s Catholic Primary School - Dagenham 2020-2021 proposed admission arrangements

Consultation opens 17 December 2018 and closes 25 January 2019. 

St Joseph's Dagenham - proposed 2020-2021 admission arrangements (PDF, 256 KB)

St Joseph's Dagenham - proposed 2020-2021 supplementary information form (PDF, 309 KB)

St Joseph's Dagenham - Consultation reply form (PDF, 203 KB)

St Peter’s Catholic Primary School

St Peter’s Catholic Primary School - 2020-2021 proposed admission arrangements 

Consultation opens 17 December 2018 and closes 25 January 2019.

St Peter’s Catholic Primary School - proposed 2020-2021 admission arrangements (PDF, 258 KB)

St Peter’s Catholic Primary School - proposed 2020-2021 supplementary information form (PDF, 382 KB)

St Peter’s Catholic Primary School - Consultation reply form (DOCX, 25 KB)

St Teresa’s Catholic Primary School

St Teresa’s Catholic Primary School - Dagenham 2020-2021 proposed admission arrangements

Consultation opens 17 December 2018 and closes 25 January 2019. 

St Teresa's Catholic Primary School - proposed 2020-2021 admission arrangements (PDF, 257 KB)

St Teresa's Catholic Primary School - proposed 2020-2021 supplementary information form (PDF, 308 KB)

St Teresa's Catholic Primary School - Consultation reply form (PDF, 203 KB)

 

St Vincent’s Catholic Primary School - Barking 

St Vincent’s Catholic Primary School - 2020-2021 proposed admission arrangements

Consultation opens 17 December 2018 and closes 25 January 2019.

St Vincent’s Catholic Primary School - proposed 2020-2021 admission arrangements (DOCX, 25 KB)

St Vincent’s Catholic Primary School - proposed 2020-2021 supplementary information form (DOC, 157 KB)

St Vincent’s Catholic Primary School - Consultation reply form (DOCX, 25 KB)

 

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The planned admission numbers for our schools have been agreed for the next school year and are published in our determined admission arrangements documents.

However we are planning on expanding the number of places at some of our schools.

Planned changes

Proposed expansion of Robert Clack school and Barking Abbey school

The cabinet member for education and schools introduced a report on proposals to formally expand a number of schools to help meet the projected growth in demand for school places in the borough.

The Cabinet resolved to:

  • agree the extension of the age range for pupils attending Robert Clack secondary school in order to accommodate primary aged pupils (3FE) and also nursery aged pupils (39 places) from September 2019
  • agree the expansion of Robert Clack secondary school from 10 to 18 FE from 1 September 2019 to be a phased planned expansion in collaboration with the school; and
  • agree the expansion of Barking Abbey secondary school from 9 to 12 FE from 1 September 2017.

Proposed expansion of Jo Richardson comprehensive school, Gascoigne primary school and Marsh Green primary school

The cabinet member for education and schools introduced a report on proposals to formally expand a number of schools to help meet the projected growth in demand for school places in the borough.

The Cabinet resolved to:

  • approve the expansion of Jo Richardson secondary school from eight to ten forms of entry from 1 September 2015
  • approve the expansion of Gascoigne primary school from five to seven forms of entry from 1 September 2016
  • approve the expansion of Marsh Green primary school from one to two forms of entry from 1 September 2015

Special educational needs provision at Eastbury school

SEN unit at Eastbury - document 1 (DOC, 31 KB)

SEN unit at Eastbury - document 2 (DOC, 152 KB)

Consultation - Proposed amalgamation of Marks Gate Infant and Junior Schools Toggle accordion

We intend to make alterations to Marks Gate Junior School from 1 September 2019.

The alterations are:

  • to change the age range of the school to 3 to 11 years, and become a primary school
  • to physically expand the school

Linked to the above is the proposal to close Marks Gate Infant School whose pupils will transfer to the newly formed Primary School..

Matter to be specified in Section 15 proposals to discontinue a school (DOC, 62 KB)

Statutory notice - Marks Gate amalgamation (DOC, 40 KB)

Proposals for prescribed alteration - Marks Gate Junior School (DOC, 160 KB)

Cabinet decision on amalgamation of Marks Gate Schools

Cabinet-minutes-19-March-2019 (PDF, 80 KB) See item 101.

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)

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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 2019.

School Admissions team

020 8215 3004

admissions@lbbd.gov.uk

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