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Primary school admissions: when to apply and important dates

The application process for children born between 1 September 2013 and 31 August 2014 will begin on 1 September 2017. If your child was born between these dates please read the following information carefully and ensure you have submitted your online application by 15 January 2018.

We would urge all parents to read through the starting primary school information online. If you are unable to do this, a copy of the Starting Primary School 2018 information can be downloaded.

Full details of Merton's admission arrangements can be found on our website, however the information provided on these pages contains everything you need in order to make an application.

Applying for a Reception place starting in September 2018

The key dates for the Reception process can be found in the following table. Please ensure that you meet the date for submitting your online application. Submitting a late application could seriously jeopardise your chances of being offered a place at one of your preferred schools.

Date Activity
September to December 2017 Parents can contact primary schools to arrange visits.
Monday 15 January 2018

Closing date for receipt of online applications. Common Application Forms should be returned to your first preference school, if this is a Merton school.

If your first preference school is not a Merton school, forms should be returned to School Admissions. All supplementary forms should be sent directly to the relevant schools by this date.

Thursday 8 February 2018 Closing date for applications from people moving into the borough, or changing address after 15 January 2018.
By Wednesday 7 March 2018 Applications are ranked according to admissions criteria.
Monday 16 April 2018 Offer day, letters are posted to applicants who applied using a paper form.  Parents who applied online will be able to view the outcome of their application from the evening of 18 April.
Monday 30 April 2018 Date by which online acceptances must be submitted and acceptance slips must be returned.
Wednesday 16 May 2018 Closing date for submitting an appeal for a community school.
June to July 2018 Admission appeals.
September 2018 Children start school in Reception.

Primary school application process

  1. When to apply and important dates
  2. Choosing which schools to apply for
  3. Admissions criteria
  4. Guide to applying
  5. Apply for a place
  6. Offers and waiting lists

This page was last updated on Friday 5 August 2016

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