Starting school (children aged 3 and 4)

Information on application process for starting school

The Reception application process is now closed. You will be able to make changes to your school application from 17 April 2023, National Offer Day. The link and form will be available for you to complete on this webpage from this date.

Starting school in 2023

If your child was born between 1 September 2018 and 31 August 2019 they may start school full time in September 2023.  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 2022. 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 2023 e-booklet which will be published on 1 November 2022. [This text should appear as an important note warning.]

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

The closing date for applications will be 15 January 2023.

Apply for a school place


Starting School full time 2023 e-booklet (PDF, 1.26 MB)

Starting School full time in 2023 - a quick guide (PDF, 1.16 MB)

Supplementary Information form for William Ford CofE School (PDF, 57KB)

Supplementary Information form for Church of England School 2022 (PDF, 59KB)

Supplementary Information Form for Primary School – Catholic faith – 2022 (PDF, 84KB)

Application form to educate a child outside their normal age group including Summer Born Children (PDF, 400KB)

Deferred entry booklet 2022 (PDF, 390KB)

Deferred entry policy 2022 (PDF, 400KB)

Previous editions of the booklet

Starting School full time 2022 (PDF, 3.5MB)

Starting School full time 2021 (PDF 1MB)

Starting School full time 2020 (PDF, 1MB)

Starting school full time 2019 (PDF, 2MB)

Starting school full time 2018 (PDF, 1.7MB)

School Admissions Team

020 8215 3004