How do I apply?
Bromley borough residents should apply online using the link at www.bromley.gov.uk
Applying online is quick, safe and secure and gives direct links to school information to help preference decisions. The system is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week until the application deadline 15 January 2020. It is Bromley’s preferred application method and is free, using an easy step by step format. You can check or change details online at any point until the deadline. Bromley Admissions will process the last version of the submitted application. Offers should be accepted online.
When will my child start school?
A child should by law be attending school at the beginning of the term following his/her 5th birthday. In Bromley all children born between 1 September 2015 and 31 August 2016 will start school in September 2020. However Bromley schools would consider a request for a child to start in January 2021.
If you are looking for a school place in Year 1 or Year 2 please complete the Primary In-year admission form via www.bromley.gov.uk
If you have a sibling please apply for a place in the normal way. Please be advised that your child will only qualify for a sibling place if both children are at the school at the same time.
Children with a statement of special educational needs
If your child has a statement of special educational needs, you will not be issued with an Infant to Junior transfer form. Contact the Special Educational Needs team on 020 8313 4164 for further information.
Applying to transfer from Infant to Junior School (Year 2 to Year 3)
Parent/carers of children in Year 2 at infant schools must apply online for a Year 3 place at their linked primary/junior school. Access to the admissions system is from their own local authority websites.
- Children resident in Bromley in Year 2 at an infant school – apply online at http://www.eadmissions.org.uk/ from 1 September 2019.
- Deadline for linked school applications 15 January 2020.
- Children resident out of borough in Year 2 at Bromley infant schools – applications are via the authority where council tax is paid.
How are places allocated?
Bromley Admissions will give your child’s details to each school. All on time applications will be considered at the same time. Schools will not be told which preference number they are or which other schools you have applied for. All Bromley schools receive more applications than they have places available and use admissions over-subscription criteria to determine who can be offered.
Please refer to the relevant Local Authority’s primary booklet or website for details on how places are offered for outborough preferences. Most over-subscribed Bromley schools will offer places using the criteria listed below, however Voluntary Aided schools offer places using religious criteria and Free Schools may have different priorities. Please refer to the relevant schools’ websites for details and complete and return supplementary information forms as required by the application deadline.
- Looked After Children (LAC) – A child who is (a) in care of an LA or (b) provided with accommodation by an LA exercising their Social Services function. Status also applies to a child previously a LAC but immediately after being Looked After became subject to an adoption, residence or special guardianship. Evidence is required.
- Medical or social – In exceptional circumstances there is discretion to admit children on the grounds of their or their family’s acute medical or social need for that particular school. A completed Medical and Social Registration Form (available to download from www.bromley. gov.uk) and supporting evidence setting out the reasons why the school is the only one to meet the child’s needs must be provided before the closing date, including: a letter from a hospital consultant, the special support service, social worker or similar professional. The application will then be assessed by the Medical and Social Application Group, comprising of medical, health, pre-school and teaching professionals.
- Siblings – children who have a brother or sister currently attending the preferred school and who will still be attending the school at the beginning of their first term.
- Proximity – distance as measured in a straight line from the front door of the home to the front door of the school.
The school will use its over-subscription criteria to rank and determine which applicants can receive an offer. This information is then returned to Bromley Admissions and matched against the applicant’s list of preferences. All possible offers are shared and exchanged across Boroughs through the Pan-London Admission System.
- If only one preferred school can offer, this is the place you will be offered.
- If more than one of your preferred schools can offer a place, the offer from the school highest on your application will be allocated to you. The lower available offers become ‘no longer required’.
- Any vacant places will be allocated to Bromley children living within a reasonable travel distance who have not received an offer from any of their preferred schools
On request your child will be put on the waiting lists of any Bromley school you listed higher than the school offered. Waiting list requests for out borough schools will be passed on to the relevant Local Authority.
Key dates 2019/20
Saturday 1st September 2018 – Online application system for Bromley residents available via www.bromley.gov.uk
Tuesday 15 January 2019 – Application closing date
Tuesday 16 April 2020 – National Offer day
Tuesday 30 April 2020 – Deadline for acceptance of offer
Applications for Year 3 places – September 2020
Year 2 children in Bromley Infant schools wishing to apply for a Year 3 place in a school other than their linked Junior/Primary should complete a primary in-year application form.