Starting primary school

The closing date for on-time applications for Reception Entry in September 2021 was Friday 15 January 2021.

Any applications received now will be considered late, unless accompanied by a valid reason for not having applied during the window from Tuesday 1 September 2020 until Friday 15 January 2021. Applications with a valid reason for lateness can be accepted until Thursday 11 February 2021. After this date, the application will be considered late regardless of the reason.

Information regarding the schools available in Bexley can be found in the Admission to Primary Schools in Bexley booklet

If you do not live in Bexley, please contact your Local Authority to find out how to apply for Bexley schools.

National offer day will take place on Friday 16 April 2021. If you have applied online, you will receive the outcome by email on the evening of Friday 16 April. Offers to paper applicants will be made by letter, posted on national offer day by first class mail.

What you need to hand to apply:

  • proof of your child’s date of birth: their birth certificate, passport or medical card
  • proof of your address: a council tax bill or tenancy agreement

If you’re living with a friend or relative and you’re not named on the council tax account, you can use a copy of your child benefit statement or tax credits letter. We don’t accept utility bills, drivers’ licences or bank statements as proof of address.

Ensure you have read the Admission to Primary Schools in Bexley booklet before you apply.

The application window is now closed.

Admission to Reception classes 2020/21

If your child was born between 1 September 2015 and 31 August 2016 and they have not yet started school, please be aware that they will reach compulsory school age from the first day of the school term following their 5th birthday. You can now make an in-year application to secure a place in the current academic year.

PDF Booklet


We know you’ll have lots of questions about applying for schools. We’ve answered the main ones on the next few pages and covered the rest in our PDF booklet - Admission to primary schools in Bexley 2021