5-16 years

The statutory school age for children in England is from the beginning of the term following their fifth birthday. Children will normally attend Reception class from the beginning of the school year in which they become 5 years of age. 

They transfer to secondary school at the end of the school year in which they become 11 and statutory school age ends in the July of the year in which they become 16. 

In order to secure a place for their child, parents need to make applications for primary and secondary schools. It is the responsibility of the local authority to ensure there are sufficient places for all children.

If parents do not:

  • Express their preference for a place
  • Notify the authority that their child will be educated in an independent school (with the details of the school)
  • Notify the authority that they intend to educate their child at home

a place in a school with vacancies will be allocated (after children who have applied have been allocated) and legal action will be taken to enforce attendance.

Related Information

Deferred admission into school reception classes

This page has information and guidance for parents and carers about delaying their child's admission to school. All children are entitled to a full-time place in the September following their fourth birthday.

Their parents (or persons legally responsible for the child’s education)

Starting primary school

Your child must start education once he or she is five. On this page you can find out how to apply for a place in reception class in primary school.

Secondary school admissions

Your child will move on to secondary school after finishing Year 6 in primary school. On this page you can find how to apply for a Year 7 secondary school place.

In-year admissions

If you want to apply for place in a state-funded school in Newham during the school year you must make an in-year application.

Exclusions and Reintegration

Exclusion is when a pupil is not allowed to go to school for a fixed period or permanently.

Find out more about our responsibilities and where you can find more information.

School admission appeals

If you apply for a place for your child at a state-funded school, and the application is refused, you can appeal that decision.

School admission statistics

On this page you will find figures and statistics relating to Newham school admissions in PDF format.

The statistics are for information only. If you have any questions about this information email Pupil.Services@newham.gov.uk

Admissions forum

The Council has established an Admissions Forum to consult and discuss school admission issues

5-19 school health service

Newham 0 - 19 Children's Health Service is a CQC Registered Service.

Details of last inspection:

Outcome: Good
29th to 30th January 2019
See the report


Determined admission arrangements - September 2020

The law requires that all schools must have admission arrangements that clearly set out how children will be admitted, including the criteria that will be applied if there are more applications than places at the school

Summer-born deferment

In addition to the legal right to defer (delay) the reception class start date​, for Summer-born children (born from 1 April to 31 August) families can apply to defer entry to reception until the next September when the child would normally starting Year 1.

School admissions statutory consultation

On this page you can find out about the London Borough of Newham's consultation on its proposed school admission arrangements for September 2020 onwards.​​​​

School waiting lists

If we are unable to offer you a place at a school we will place your child's name on the waiting list.​



Related Services

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Last updated: 27/08/2019

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