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Primary places: Time to apply

If your child was born between 1 September 2018 and 31 August 2019, they will be due to start primary school in September 2023 – and applications for pupil places are being received.

Under the London-wide primary school admissions scheme, parents living in the borough will submit a single application to Ealing Council, listing their preferences, even if they are applying for a place at a school outside the borough.

As we reported recently, nine out of every 10 of our borough’s schools are now rated as ‘Good’ or ‘Outstanding’ by Ofsted. The latest figures now showed 97% of council-run schools were being given one of the top rankings, and a still impressive 94% of them when the other types of state-funded schools were included. Pupils at both our primary and secondary schools are also getting scores above the national average.


All parents and carers living in the borough need to list up to six different schools that they want to apply for, including any that are located outside the borough (but not private schools).

Your choices have to be ranked in order of preference, from one to six.

Only one offer can be made to you, and this would be from the highest ranked school from your list that is available.

The closing date for applications is 15 January 2023.


Apply online at the eAdmissions school place applications website.


After the deadline on 15 January 2023, the applications will be processed.

Then, on the London-wide offer day on 17 April 2023, an offer will be made to all applicants, as far as practically possible. If a school is over-subscribed, its published admission criteria will be used to decide the order in which applicants are offered places.

You can read the borough’s admissions prospectus on the admissions page of the council’s website.


  • If you want to apply for a place at a faith school, you will also need to fill in the school’s own ‘supplementary information form’. These are available from the schools concerned or on the council’s website and will be used to assess denominational commitment. The supplementary form must be returned to the school before the closing date. If you do not complete both the main application form and the school’s supplementary information form, your application will not be regarded as valid. For more information, contact the school(s) concerned
  • If you live want to apply for a place at a school in another borough, it is important you read the primary prospectus for that borough to make sure you understand the admission criteria for the schools you are applying to.

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