The current booklet can be viewed on the Waltham Forest website with the criteria set out on pages 11 – 13. Our policy is that LBWF run our schools’ admissions and we follow their guidelines, criteria and procedure.
If there are more applications than there are places available at a school, Waltham Forest will use the following criteria, in priority order, to decide who should be offered a place. If you wish to apply under priorities 1–4, you must tick the box to indicate this on your application, and supply supporting documentation.
Priority 1 – Looked After Children or Children ‘At Risk’
Priority 2 – Medical or social reasons
Priority 3 – Siblings
Priority 4 – School Staff Children
Priority 5 – Distance
If their are more applications than there are places available then the following criteria are applied in priority order :
~ Looked-After Children or Children 'At Risk'
~ Medical or social reason
~ School Staff Children
Children with a statement of Special Educational Needs are placed under the terms of the 1996 Education Act - not through the admissions criteria. They will be allocated a place at the school named on their statement.
The priorities are explained in full in the admissions booklet.
Children do not automatically transfer from nursery to a Reception class so you must complete an application for a Reception place.
Applying for Primary School
Please visit the Waltham Forest Admissions webpage for more information on applying for a primary school place. If you have any concerns or problems contact the admissions team directly on 0208 496 3000 or email them at email@example.com. If you would like more information you can also visit the admissions team. Please refer to:
Waltham Forest Town Hall Complex
Forest Road, Walthamstow E17 4JF
Opening times: 9.30am to 4.30pm Monday to Friday
Applying for Secondary School
There is a lot of information online regarding your child and applying for a secondary school place but we have supplied some relevant points for you;
• Before making your application
• Key points
• Making your application
• Online application
Before making the application:
• Read the information brochure
• Contacting other Authorities that you are interested in
• Contact schools and ask for a prospectus
• Look at the schools website
• Do any of the schools require a supplementary information form (SIF)
• Reading reports on the schools by OFSTED
• Going to the schools open evenings
Key points to be aware of:
• Most schools are oversubscribed each year
• Try and get a realistic idea of whether your child will be offered a place.
• Read the admission criteria for each school (they are not all the same)
• How many admissions made last year, how the places were allocated
• Does the schools curriculum and aims suit the needs of your child
• Think about travel and possible costs
Choice advice - this is a service for parents who want help or need
advice when applying for their child, you can read the information booklet provided or for an appointment call 0845 877 0031
• Assistance with form filling
• Provide independent advice
• Supporting SEN applications
• Admission Policies
• Support Appeals
Making Your Application:
Applications should be made online between 1st September
and 31st October.
• Why the change to Online?
• Speeds up the process
• Ensures that applications are not misplaced in the post
• Allows data checking and helps reduce errors
• Reduces paperwork
• Indicates errors before submission
• Allows checking and changes right up to 23:59 on 31st October
• The results are available earlier
• You can access the website anywhere.
Online applications can be made at: www.eadmissions.org.uk.
Common Application Forms (CAF) can be collected from:
Waltham Forest School Admissions Service
Town Hall Complex
London E17 4JF
Open Monday - Friday 9.00am - 4.30pm
For telephone advice: 0208 496 3000
Outcome of Application:
National Offer Day takes place in the beginning of March. You can log on from 5:00pm on this date to find out the results of your application. If you have submitted a paper application then you will be written to on this date and your offer letter should be received the following day. You will be told:
~ the name of the school that your child has been offered a place.
~ applications for schools that were listed lower than the school
offered will be withdrawn
~ how to accept the offer that you have been given
~ how to find out more about why your child was not offered
a higher preference
~ how to have your child's name added to a higher preference
~ how the waiting list operates
~ how to appeal
For full information on applying for a secondary school place follow the link below: