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 from 10am on 16 July 2018.

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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If your child needs a reception place now, follow the in-year admissions process. 

Apply online for a school place

If your child was born between 1 September 2014 and 31 August 2015 they may start school full time 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 will be available from 1 November 2018 and will be published in the e-booklet ‘Starting school full-time in 2019’.

Downloads

Results for reception applications - 2018 entry (PDF, 129.01 KB)

Starting school full time (PDF, 1.72 MB)

Starting school full time quick guide (PDF, 544.27 KB)

Catholic schools cover note - reception 2018 (PDF, 120.15 KB)

St Margarets SIF - 2018 (PDF, 93.58 KB)

Previous editions of the booklet

Starting-school-full-time-2017 (PDF, 763.41 KB)

Starting school full time 2016 (PDF, 976.05 KB)

Starting school full time 2015 (PDF, 993.15 KB)

Starting school full time 2014 (PDF, 1.09 MB)

Road to learning 2013 (PDF, 1.44 MB)

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Moving from infant to junior school in 2018

If your child needs a junior school place now, follow the in-year admissions process.

Apply online for a school place

Moving from infant to junior school in 2019

The full admissions process will be available from 1 November 2018 and will be published in the e-booklet 'Moving to junior school in 2019'.

Downloads

Moving to junior school (PDF, 1.00 MB)

William Ford SIF (PDF, 94.42 KB)

Previous editions of the booklet

Moving-to-junior-school-2017 (PDF, 384.78 KB)

Moving to junior school 2016 (PDF, 211.79 KB)

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Moving to secondary school in 2018

If your child needs a Year 7 place at secondary school now, follow the in-year admissions process and apply online from 10am on 16 July 2018.

Apply online for a school place

Moving to secondary school in 2019

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 will be available from 1 September 2018 and will be published in the e-booklet ‘Moving to secondary school in 2019’.

Downloads

Moving to secondary school in 2019 leaflet (PDF, 114.00 KB)

Results for Year 7 applications - 2018 entry (PDF, 121.96 KB)

Moving to secondary school (PDF, 2.52 MB)

Map of our schools (PDF, 537.58 KB)

All Saints cover note (PDF, 98.57 KB)

Editions of booklets for the last 5 years

Moving to secondary school 2017 (PDF, 1.55 MB)

Moving to secondary school 2016 (PDF, 1.54 MB)

Moving to secondary school 2015 (PDF, 2.13 MB)

Moving to secondary school 2014 (PDF, 2.68 MB)

The right secondary school 2013 (PDF, 1.80 MB)

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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.

From 1 September 2018 fill in the common application form (CAF) provided by the council (local authority) you live in and list up to three different schools in the order you prefer. The closing date was 31 October 2018. Applications received after this date are late.

The online CAF will be available from 1 September 2018.

Year 10 already?

Apply online for a school place

Follow the ‘In-Year’ admissions process listed in the booklet ‘Finding a School Place – Issue 6′.

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 (PDF, 767.22 KB)

Previous Editions

Technical and training schools 2017 (PDF, 632.44 KB)

Technical and training schools 2016 (DOCX, 1.56 MB)

Technical & Training schools 2015 (DOCX, 1.55 MB)

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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.

Year 11 school places

This information applies to pupils born between 1 September 2001 and 31 August 2002, 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.

To apply for an in-year school place:

  • make sure you read and understand the information in the admissions booklet ‘Finding a school place – issue 6’ before you apply. We’ve also produced a quick guide to the in-year process.
  • for a school place starting in September 2018, apply online by using our In-Year Hub from 16 July 2018.

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

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 booklet - issue 6 (PDF, 1.03 MB)

In-year CofE SIF form 2017 (PDF, 92.64 KB)

In-year Catholic cover note 2017 (PDF, 89.40 KB)

Map of our schools 2017 (PDF, 565.05 KB)

Fair access protocol September 2014 (DOCX, 63.71 KB)

Year 11 important information (PDF, 132.77 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.

Downloads

Appeals form and guidance notes (PDF, 856.30 KB)

Appeals timetable 2018 - primary stage schools (DOCX, 14.20 KB)

Appeals timetable 2018 - secondary stage schools (DOCX, 14.04 KB)

School admissions code (PDF, 661.52 KB)

School appeals code (PDF, 275.19 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 2018-19 St Margaret's CofE primary school (DOCX, 96.44 KB)

Admission arrangements 2018-19 for junior schools (DOCX, 82.64 KB)

Admission arrangements 2018-19 for infant and primary schools (DOCX, 105.02 KB)

Admission arrangements 2018-19 Year 3 entry William Ford junior schools (DOCX, 44.70 KB)

St Joseph's Catholic school - Barking determined admission arrangements for 2018-19 published on their website (PDF, 246.08 KB)

St Joseph's Catholic school - Dagenham determined admission arrangements for 2018-19 published on their website (PDF, 246.09 KB)

St Peter's Catholic school - Dagenham determined admission arrangements for 2018-19 published on their website (PDF, 223.17 KB)

St Teresa's Catholic school - Dagenham determined admission arrangements for 2018-19 published on their website (PDF, 324.42 KB)

St Vincent's Catholic school - Dagenham determined admission arrangements for 2018-19 published on their website (PDF, 236.48 KB)

Key Stage 3 and 4 schools

Admission arrangements 2018-19 for All Saints school (DOCX, 64.52 KB)

Admission arrangements 2018-19 for secondary schools (DOCX, 94.50 KB)

Admission arrangements 2018-19 for 14 to 19 schools (DOCX, 72.29 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, 31.00 KB)

SEN unit at Eastbury - document 2 (DOC, 152.00 KB)

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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 which came into force on 1 February 2012.

2015 Schools Adjudicator report

Schools Adjudicator report (DOCX, 93.03 KB)

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You must fill in a new ‘In-year application form’ (ICAF) for the new school year. From 10am on 16 July 2018 you can apply online, instead of filling in the paper ICAF.

School Admissions Team

020 8215 3004

infos@lbbd.gov.uk