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School admissions

Information about applying for nursery, primary and secondary school places.

More information about applying is available at nursery classesprimary schools and secondary schools. If you cannot find what you are looking for, contact the School Admissions team for advice.

If your child is due to transfer to secondary school or start in Reception in September 2015 but you have not yet applied for or accepted a school place, please contact the School Admissions team.

If your child is due to start primary or secondary school in September 2016, you can apply from 1 September 2015. The closing date for secondary applications is 31 October 2015 and the closing date for primary applications is 15 January 2016.  

Are you looking after a child who is not your own child or a close relative? If you are, it may be considered to be a private fostering arrangement and you must notify the Council's Children's Social Care Team. If we receive an application for a school place for a child who is not living with one of their parents, we will ask you for further details and make sure that the Social Care Team is aware of any child who is being privately fostered. (This does not apply to children in public care who are being looked after by foster parents or who are subject to formal court or guardianship orders). More information can be found at Private fostering.

Primary School places pressure

The London Borough of Bexley prides itself in the work it undertakes to plan for and commission school places. That said, like the rest of London, it is coming under increasing and unprecedented pressure. In the case of applications for Reception places received by the published closing date, offers of first or second choices remain amongst the highest in London. For applications received at any other time in the academic year including all other year groups, there are very few places available with a majority of our schools now full due to a significant increase of people moving in to Bexley. Therefore, before you consider applying please be aware of these limitations. Further advice on this can be obtained from

School Expansion Programme

Consultation on proposals to expand Bursted Wood Primary School to provide 30 additional pupil places in each year group is currently taking place. Full details are available on School Expansion Programme

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