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School admissions applications

Admission to a nursery class - September 2021

Children normally attend a nursery class attached to a school for a year before starting in a primary school reception class.

If your child was born between 1 September 2017 and 31 August 2018, you can apply online for a nursery place at one of the following primary schools:

  • Alma
  • Bowes - Bowes Road site
  • Brettenham
  • Brimsdown
  • Bush Hill Park
  • Carterhatch
  • Chase Side
  • Chesterfield
  • Churchfield
  • De Bohun
  • Delta
  • Eastfield
  • Eldon
  • Fleecefield
  • Galliard
  • Garfield
  • Grange Park
  • Hazelbury
  • Hazelwood
  • Highfield
  • Honilands
  • Houndsfield
  • Keys Meadow
  • Lavender
  • Prince of Wales
  • Raglan
  • Raynham
  • Southbury
  • Starks Field
  • Suffolks
  • Tottenhall
  • West Grove
  • Wilbury
  • Worcesters

You need to apply for a place by 15 February 2021. Your child will start in nursery in September 2021.

The online admissions system is now open. The latest date for your application to be treated as an on-time application is 15 February 2021. Any applications made after this date are treated as late applications. For more information about applying online, view our step by step guide (PDF).

If you want to apply for any other schools with nursery classes attached, you will need to contact the schools directly.

For more information, view our Nursery booklet (PDF)Enfield Early Education and Childcare can provide details on other nursery classes, day nurseries and playgroups run by voluntary and private organisations.

If you would like your child's application to be considered under the medical criterion, see our medical priority guidance.

For more information about any educational provision available for your child before September 2021, contact Enfield Early Education and Childcare.

You can search for primary, secondary and special needs schools in Enfield and across England by visiting GOV.UK. Here you can access Ofsted reports, information on school performance and approximate home to school distances. These are only a guide as we use our own specialist systems to measure distances when allocating places in Enfield.

Applying for a nursery school in Enfield 2021 (PDF)

Step by step guide to completing an online application (PDF)

If your child was born between 1 September 2016 and 31 August 2017, you can use the online admissions system to apply for them to start reception class in September 2021.

You will need to apply for a primary school place by 15 January 2021. Any applications made after this date will be treated as late applications.

Apply now using the online admissions system.

For more information about applying online, read our step-by-step guide (PDF).

You can also view our primary school booklet (PDF), which contains details about visiting open sessions for primary, infant and junior schools. If a school is not listed, you should contact them directly for their arrangements.

Places in reception classes at Enfield primary and infant schools will be allocated in line with the published admissions criteria. You can find this in primary school in Enfield admission criteria (PDF).

National offer day is 16 April 2021.

Deferring entry

If your child was born between 1 April 2017 and 31 August 2017, and you want to defer their entry to school by a full year, see our summer born guidance (PDF). You can then complete the deferral request form (PDF).

For further guidance about school admissions for children born in the summer (from the Department for Education), read summer born children (PDF).

Medical criterion

If you would like your application to be considered under the medical criterion, see our medical priority guidance.

You can search for primary, secondary and special needs schools in Enfield and across England by visiting GOV.UK. Here you can access Ofsted reports, information on school performance and approximate home to school distances. These are only a guide, as we use our own specialist systems to measure distances when allocating places in Enfield.

Further information

If you need more information about admissions to reception, the primary schools leaflet (PDF) has further details about the process.

What is an in-year admission?

An in-year admission is when you need to make an application to a school outside of the normal admissions round, at a time when your child should already be attending school.

Normal admission rounds are for primary reception when starting statutory schooling (4 years old) for the first time, and for primary to secondary transfer (children currently in year 6).

You would normally be making an in-year application if you recently moved, arrived from another country, or want to transfer your child to another school. If your child is already in school and you're considering transferring them to another school, you will need to be aware that places are already allocated and availability is limited. 

This is particularly important if your child is in year 6 of primary school, or in year 10/11 of secondary school, when a move at this stage of their education is highly discouraged and should only be considered in exceptional circumstances.

Submitting an in-year application

To submit an in-year application, you can follow these steps:

  • Download the relevant in-year application form below, complete it and return the form to Enfield School Admissions Service
  • Along with the completed form, you must also send us the required proof documentation (copies of two proofs of address, and one proof of the child’s date of birth) - if the proofs are not provided at the same time as the application, this can cause a significant delay in processing the form
  • You can return the completed form and supporting documentation to us by emailing esas@enfield.gov.uk, or by post to the address stated on the form

The relevant application forms and guidance are available to download below:

Requesting medical priority

If you would like your child's application to be considered under the medical criterion, see our medical priority guidance. Please note that not all schools have this as part of their admission arrangements.

Free school meals

To check if you are eligible for free school meals, see our school meals page.

You can search for primary, secondary and special needs schools in Enfield and across England by visiting GOV.UK. Here you can access Ofsted reports, information on school performance and approximate home to school distances. These are only a guide as we use our own specialist systems to measure distances when allocating places in Enfield.

UTCs and studio schools

Schools which admit pupils in year 10 are called University Technical Colleges (UTCs) or Studio Schools. UTCs are set up by universities and business and specialise in one or two technical subjects. In years 10 and 11, they offer a similar GCSE curriculum to a typical secondary school, including English and Maths, as well as their specialist subject. Find out more at UT Colleges.

Studio schools are similar to UTCs in that they have employer involvement in the curriculum and focus on developing skills needed for employment, including personal coaching and work experience. They have a similar curriculum to a typical secondary school.

The application process for each school can be found on their website.

If you would like your child's application to be considered under the medical criterion, see medical priority request guidance and application form (PDF).

Places at Enfield secondary schools were allocated in line with the published admissions criteria for each school. To read the criteria, view Your guide to secondary schools in Enfield (PDF).

Accepting your offer

If you applied online and received your allocation by email, you should accept your place by 15 March 2021 using your eAdmissions account. We advise that you accept the place even if you want to pursue a different school, either through the waiting list or appeals process.

For information about oversubscribed community schools, academies and free schools, and the furthest distance we offered places, see our Secondary transfer 2021 allocation information (PDF).

Waiting lists

All oversubscribed Enfield schools have waiting lists. You can email the Admission Service at esas@enfield.gov.uk to get waiting list positions for the following schools:

  • Ark John Keats Academy
  • Aylward Academy
  • Edmonton County School
  • Enfield County School for Girls (these will be available after 17 March)
  • Heron Hall Academy
  • Highlands School
  • Southgate School
  • Winchmore School
  • Wren Academy Enfield

When you email, make sure you include your child’s full name and date of birth, or their application reference number.

You will need to contact the following schools directly for information about their waiting lists:

  • Enfield Grammar School
  • Kingsmead School
  • St. Anne’s Catholic High School for Girls

The Latymer School has written directly to all families with a child on their waiting list.

If the school is outside of Enfield, you will either need to contact the local authority in which the school is situated or contact the school directly. Information will be on the local authority’s website.

If you want your child to be considered for a school that was not one of your original preferences, or was a lower preference than the school offered, you will need to complete a ST2 form (PDF). You should email the completed form to esas@enfield.gov.uk by 15 March 2021.

Appeals

If your child was not offered a place at your preferred school, you can lodge an appeal against this decision.

Appeals for community schools are arranged by the appeal service. Academies, voluntary aided, foundation and free schools are responsible for their own appeal procedures.

It’s likely that due to COVID restrictions, appeals will be held remotely.

For more information, visit our school admissions appeals.

Schools outside Enfield

If you’ve been unsuccessful with an application for a school outside of Enfield, you should contact the school or the borough the school is in for more information. They will be able to advise you about waiting list positions, and have information about why your application was unsuccessful. You will also be able to find information on their website.

If you haven’t made an application for secondary school for September 2021

If you have not yet submitted an application for your child, you can still do this. Visit eAdmissions to register and complete an online application for secondary school for September 2021. Please do this as soon as possible. You will be able to complete your application using the eAdmissions portal until early August 2021. However, we would advise you to complete your application before this time.

You should only use the eAdmissions portal if you have not completed your first online application for secondary school for September 2021. If you have already completed an online application for secondary school for September 2021, and would like to apply for some additional schools, use the ST2 form (PDF) or email esas@enfield.gov.uk.

You can search for primary, secondary and special needs schools in Enfield and across England by visiting GOV.UK. Here you can access Ofsted reports, information on school performance and approximate home-to-school distances. These are only a guide, as we use our own specialist systems to measure distances when allocating places in Enfield.

Frequently asked questions

View the ESAS FAQs secondary admissions 2021 (PDF) for further details about the secondary schools admissions process.

Vacancies

View the Secondary transfer 2021 vacancies list (PDF) of schools with possible vacancies as of 1 March 2021.

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