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School admissions applications

Admission to a nursery class - September 2021

Places at Enfield primary and infant schools are allocated in line with the published admissions criteria. You can find this in our nursery booklet (PDF).

Accepting your offer

If you applied online and received your allocation by email, you should accept your place by 3 May 2021 using your eadmissions account.

For information about oversubscribed schools, the furthest distance we offered places and vacancies for September, see our nursery class leaflet (PDF).

Waiting lists

Waiting lists are held for all the oversubscribed schools.

Your child’s name is automatically included on the waiting list for any nursery class that was a higher preference than the class they were offered.

What to do if you haven’t made an application for a nursery class for September 2021

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.

Frequently asked questions

For more information about admissions to nursery, view the frequently asked questions (PDF).

Vacancies

For a list of schools with possible vacancies as at 23 April 2021, view the admission to nursery vacancies (PDF).

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)

Places at Enfield primary and infant schools were allocated in line with the published admissions criteria for each school. To read the criteria, view primary schools in Enfield admissions criteria (PDF).

Accepting your offer

If you applied online and received your allocation by email, you should accept your place by 30 April 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 chart (PDF).

Waiting lists

All oversubscribed Enfield schools have waiting lists. You can get waiting list positions for all schools, other than church schools, from us. You will need to contact church schools directly for their information.

Your child’s name is automatically included on the waiting list for any Enfield school that was a higher preference than the school they were offered.

Appeals

If your child was not offered a place at your preferred school, you can appeal. Infant class sizes are restricted by law to thirty pupils with one qualified teacher. If your child hasn’t been offered a place because the class is at the limit, you can still appeal. It is important you read the information with the form as infant appeals are often unsuccessful because panels have limited powers to uphold this type of appeal.

Appeals for community schools are arranged by the appeal service and usually held at the Enfield Civic Centre. Academies, voluntary aided, foundation and free schools are responsible for their own appeal procedures.

For more information visit our school admissions appeals page.

Schools outside Enfield

If you have 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.

What to do if you haven’t made an application for primary school for autumn 2021

If your child was born between 1 September 2016 and 31 August 2017, you should apply for them to start their primary school education,

Visit eAdmissions to register and complete an online application for primary school for autumn term.

If your child was born between 1 April 2017 and 31 August 2017 and you want to defer their entry to school by a whole year, view our summer born guidance (PDF) and complete the deferral request form (PDF). For more information about school admissions for children born in the summer, visit GOV.UK.

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

Frequently asked questions

For more information about admissions to reception view the frequently asked questions (PDF).

Vacancies

For a list of schools with possible vacancies as at 16 April 2021, view the admission to primary school vacancies (PDF).

Applying for a primary school in Enfield 2021 (PDF)

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

In-year applications should only be submitted if you need a school place as soon as possible. If you need a school place for September, you should apply after mid June.

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).

If your child is in year six of primary school in September 2021, you will need to apply for them to start their secondary education for September 2022.

You can register and apply online at eAdmissions. Online admissions open on 1 September 2021. The application deadline is 31 October 2021. Applications can be made after this date but will be treated as late applications. You can view guidance in our step-by-step guide to applying online (PDF).

Places at all Enfield secondary schools will be allocated in line with the published admissions arrangements, which can be found in our guide to secondary schools booklet (PDF)

For further information on applying for secondary school places for September 2022 and details of school open evenings, view our latest guidance on moving onto secondary school (PDF).

For information about the breakdown of allocations at Enfield schools for children starting in Year 7 for the previous four years, view our secondary transfer previous allocations breakdown (PDF).

If you would like your 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.

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.

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