Admissions during the school year
In year applications
Make an application for a primary or secondary school place for your child or children during the school year, for example if you have moved or want to apply for a new school place for another reason. This application can only be made online. You can choose up to 6 schools and put them in order of preference on your application. Check the nearest school to you
You can make an application to any school in Redbridge except for:
- Wohl Ilford Jewish Primary School
- Chadwell Heath Academy
- Palmer Catholic Academy
- If you want to apply for these or any other private or independent school in Redbridge, contact the schools directly.
Supplementary Information Forms (SIF)
If you are applying for voluntary-aided (faith) schools, you will need to complete an extra form called a Supplementary Information Form. If this is the case, you should complete this form and return it directly to the school.
Proof of your residency in Redbridge
In defining a child’s ‘normal’ place of residence, we will not accept a business address, a landlord’s tenant’s address or a childminder’s address as a basis for allocating school places, nor will future addresses be accepted. Second homes with a short-term lease, will not be accepted as a normal permanent place of residence.
Proof of residence will be requested from you to prove your home address. “It is your responsibility to provide evidence of the address used on your application. We have the right to withdraw an offer if you fail to provide the requested evidence set out below. Please contact the Admissions Team if you are unable to provide evidence of your address.”
Please remember to submit the required proofs when you apply online. You will need to give us 3 documents from this list:
Please scan or photograph your documents so you can upload them to your online application.
- Council Tax bill
- Rent book
- Tenancy agreement and a copy of your Tenancy Deposit Protection Scheme or other deposit protection as applies to the tenancy
- Utility Bills e.g Electricity/gas/water landline phone which must show the home phone number (within three months old)
- UK Driving Licence
What happens after I make my application?
Once you have made your online application, we will consider your choices and email you within 10 working days to let you know which school we are able to offer. We will try to give you your first choice if we can, but sometimes schools do not have places available. If this is the case, we will place your child on a waiting list, so they may need to continue at their current school (if they are attending one) until a place becomes available. You will be able to check your child’s position using the online waiting list.
What happens if all the schools in Redbridge are full?
We have a Fair Access Protocol that considers cases, where there is no school place available at a suitable school within a reasonable travelling distance of your child’s home. If there is no such place, a place will be offered above a school’s agreed admission number of places.
Redbridge has an agreed protocol to achieve a fair and balanced approach to the placement of vulnerable children including those not placed because of a shortage of places. This includes admitting children above the published admission number to schools that are already full and such admissions take priority. All Redbridge schools are subject to this protocol even if they are responsible for their own admissions.
If you live in Redbridge and want to transfer your child from one Redbridge school to another, you can only do this if there is a place available at your chosen school. We may have to request information from your child's current school to consider whether or not the transfer can go ahead.