Greenwich

Primary school admission policies

Admission arrangements for primary schools

If there are more applications than places available at a school, the admission authority for the school will use its admission criteria to decide which applicants should be offered a place.

Decisions about offers of places in community schools are the responsibility of the Royal Borough of Greenwich.

Decisions about admissions to academiesfoundation and voluntary aided schools are made by the schools' governing bodies.

You can find out what type of school a school is by looking at its entry in the primary school admissions booklet.

Please note: A request to vary the admission number for Plumcroft Primary School has been agreed. For more information visit the Plumcroft Vincent Road campus page.

Foundation and voluntary aided schools

The admissions policies of different foundation and voluntary aided schools are varied, so we recommend that you read the admission arrangements for these schools before you apply.

These schools usually also have separate supplementary information forms you'll need to complete if you're applying to them.

Download primary school admission arrangements and supplementary information forms

Community schools and academies

Primary academy schools have the same arrangements as primary community schools. 

You can find full details of the council's admission policies are in the Royal Greenwich primary admission arrangements document.

Admissions priority

First priority will go to children with a statement of special educational needs (SSEN) or an education, health and care (EHC) plan naming the school.

Remaining places will be given in the following order: 

  1. Looked after children and previously looked after children who have been adopted or become subject to child arrangements or a special guardianship order immediately after having been looked after. 

    A looked after child is a child who is in the care of an English or Welsh local authority in accordance with section 22 (a) of the Children Act 1989.

  2. Children with a sibling - living at the same address - who is already attending the school at the time of the child's admission. 

    Sibling means a full, half, step, adopted or foster brother or sister. This does not include siblings who attend a school's nursery provision. 

  3. Children with an acute medical or social need for a particular school.

    This may also apply to an immediate family member. The application must be supported by a letter written by a professional such as a qualified medical practitioner, setting out the reasons why the school is the only one that can meet the child's needs and the implications for the child if they are not offered a place at the school.

    Work commitments and childcare arrangements are not considered as being an acute medical or social need.

  4. Other children based on home to school distance.

    The distance from home to school is measured as a straight line from the centre of the home address to the centre of the school site.

    If two applicants live an equal distance from the school, the offer of a place will be decided by random allocation.

    Attendance at a school's nursery, children of staff, work commitments and childcare arrangements are not part of the decision making process.

View the primary school offers map