This admissions process is for children aged 3 and 4 (born between 1 September 2016 and 31 August 2017) who will start reception class at primary school in September 2021. All parents should apply by 15 January 2021, even if your child is already in the nursery class.
If you have moved to the area or wish to change primary schools (your child was born between 1 September 2015 and 31 August 2016) you can apply to change schools 'in-year' and be offered a place to start as quickly as possible. If you want your child to go to a different school, discuss any concerns with your current school. Changing schools can be very disruptive for children.
Primary school guide
Before you start you might find it useful to read through our primary school guide which contains all of the key information you need to make your application.
Online information session
View an online information session using your smartphone, tablet, laptop or desktop computer. School admissions staff will host the briefings.
Children with Education, Health and Care Plans
There is a separate application process for children who have an Education, Health and Care Plan or are issued with a draft plan by 8 January 2021. You will get an application form to complete from the Education, Health and Care Planning (EHCP) team. You should use this form to list the schools you prefer for your child.
- Read the Hackney Local Offer for more information or call 020 8820 7000 Option 4
Delaying your child's start in reception
After a school place has been offered you can delay your child’s start in reception class or request they go part-time when they first start school by speaking to the headteacher of the school.
In limited circumstances you can request to defer your child’s admission to reception class for a full year until September 2022.
If you wish to defer your child’s start into the Reception class from 2021 until 2022, you must apply in the normal way for a Reception place in September 2021 (deadline 15 January 2021). In addition you must read the important information about deferring and submit a request for a deferral form.
- Find out more about requesting deferred entry to reception