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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.

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.

Apply online for a school place

Year 11 school places

This information applies to pupils born between 1 September 2003 and 31 August 2004, 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 2019 (PDF, 146 KB)

In-year Catholic cover note 2019 (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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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 2016.

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Starting school in 2020

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

If your child was born between 1 September 2015 and 31 August 2016 they will start school full-time in September 2020.

This move is not an automatic process.  All parents 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

Apply online for a school place

Important things to note

Do not put your application at risk. You must read the admissions e-booklet ‘Starting school full-time in 2020’ 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 the closing date or your application will be late.

If your application is late, 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, 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 24, 26 and 31 December. We are sorry for the inconvenience caused. All other sessions will be open as usual.

The closing date is 15 January 2020 at 11.59pm.

Results will be posted from 7pm on 16 April 2020. You must then reply by 30 April 2020 or your child will not have a school place.

Downloads

Starting school full-time in 2020 e-booklet (PDF, 1MB)

Starting school full-time in 2020 - a quick guide (PDF, 1MB)

Cover note for all Catholic schools (PDF, 275KB)

SIF for St Margaret's school (PDF, 150KB)

Map of our schools (PDF, 538 KB)

Previous editions of the booklet

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)

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 2020

If your child is a year 2 pupil (born between 1 September 2012 and 31 August 2013) and attends an infant school, you must apply for your child's year 3 junior school place (even if you want a place at your linked junior school). 

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.

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.

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.

Apply for online for a school place

Important things to note

If your child needs a year 2 place now, please follow the ‘In-year’ admissions process.

Do not put your application at risk. You must read the admissions e-booklet ‘Moving to junior school in 2020’ 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 the closing date or your application will be late.

If your application is late, 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, 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 24, 26 and 31 December. We are sorry for the inconvenience caused. All other sessions will be open as usual.

The closing date is 15 January 2020 at 11.59pm.

Results will be posted from 7pm on 16 April 2020. You must then reply by 30 April 2020.

Downloads

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

William Ford’s SIF form (PDF, 145KB)

Map of our schools (PDF, 250KB)

Previous editions of the booklet

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

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If your child was born between 1 September 2008 and 31 August 2009 they will start a secondary-phase school in September 2020.

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:

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 booklet ‘Moving to secondary school in 2020’ before you apply. Please note that this booklet was amended on 16 September 2019 to correct the admissions criteria and notes for All Saints School.

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 the closing date or your application will be late

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 need help to apply online? Help sessions are available at Dagenham Library on Tuesdays and Barking Learning Centre on Thursdays. 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 24, 26 and 31 December. We are sorry for the inconvenience caused. All other sessions will be open as usual.

The closing date was 31 October 2019.

Results will be posted from 7pm on 02 March 2020

Downloads

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

Moving to secondary school in 2020 - a quick guide (PDF, 404 KB)

Map of our schools (PDF, 537 KB)

All Saints cover note form (PDF, 336 KB)

Editions of the e-booklet for the last 5 years

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)

Moving to secondary school 2015 (PDF, 2 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 2020

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

Do not put your application at risk. You must read the admissions e-booklet 'Technical and training schools in 2020' before you apply.

The closing date was 31 October 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 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 24, 26 and 31 December 2019. We are sorry for the inconvenience caused. All other sessions will be open as usual.

Results will be posted from 7pm on 2 March 2020.

Year 10 already?

Follow the 'In-year' admissions process listed in the booklet 'Finding a school place - issue 8'.

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 2020 (PDF, 520 KB)

Previous editions

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)

Technical and training schools 2015 (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

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

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)

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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)

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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.

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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 proposed admissions arrangements for Barking and Dagenham schools changing their arrangements for 2021-2022 entry are listed here. If you feel these arrangements do not comply with the school admissions code or laws relating to admissions, please make your objection to the relevant school by closing date listed below.  The admission arrangements for all other Barking and Dagenham schools have not changed.

Thames View Infants School (TVI)

TVI 2021 to 2022 proposed admission arrangements

Consultation opens 31 October and closes 12 December 2019.

Please email comments or objections to consultation@TVIacademy.org

Consultation document for TVI (PDF, 200KB)

School Admissions team

020 8215 3004

admissions@lbbd.gov.uk