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Starting primary school from September 2021

Information on how to apply for a primary school place for reception class 2021.

Published: 11 January 2021

Last updated: 19 April 2021

If your child was born between 1 September 2016 and 31 August 2017 they are due to start Reception Class in September 2021.

Applicants who submitted an on-time application will receive the outcome via email during the evening of Friday 16 April. Any offers should be accepted or declined by 30 April 2021.

Waiting lists and appeals

If your child was not offered their first preference school, they will be retained on the waiting list for any schools listed higher than the one they were offered. Waiting list positions for any community or academy school within Westminster will be available from 12 May from the Admissions Team.

For religious schools, or schools located outside of Westminster, you are advised to contact the school directly, or the borough in which they are located, for further advice about the waiting list process.

There is a right to an independent appeal for any school that has been unable to offer a place. Please consult your formal outcome letter for more information about this process. Please be aware, for schools that admit in classes of 30 or 60, ‘infant class size’ legislation will apply meaning there are only very limited circumstances where an appeal would be allowed. If you have any queries about this process and require further guidance please contact the Admissions Team using the details at the bottom of the page.

Late applications

If you have not yet submitted an application you can still do this at eAdmissions. Late applications will be processed from May onwards. If you require a paper form please contact the Admissions Team directly on 020 7745 6432.


The hints and tips leaflet includes:

  • answers to the most frequently asked questions
  • general guidance and signposting to more detailed information

The starting primary school brochure includes:

  • the process of applying for schools and what happens after
  • oversubscription criteria for all Westminster primary schools
  • how places were offered in the previous year
  • useful information  that you may need to know before your child starts school

Further information to assist your research

Many Westminster schools use distance from home to school to help decide how places are offered.

Our cut-off distance maps show when the home to school distance was reached for schools that received more applications than places available in the previous year. They also show when distance is used as the tie-breaker for the allocation of places.


If you need a paper form, or require further support or guidance, please call 020 7745 6433 (weekdays, 9am to 2pm) or email [email protected]