Primary school admissions

Applying for a primary school place

The application closing date for admissions in September 2020 was 15 January 2020.

Applications received after the closing date are treated as late applications. This means there will be far less chance of your child being offered a place at the school you want.

Our admissions timetable shows you when to apply, and when you can find out your offer. More information on the application process is given in our school admissions brochure. Our page of download documents and forms also includes supplemental forms for religious schools.

Apply online or return to your application

By applying online you will:

  • get an email acknowledgement of your application
  • be able to check which school place has been offered from 16 April 2020

Simply login to My Account for education and childcare, select 'School admissions' and then 'Apply online'. You can create an account if you don't already have one.

My Account - education and childcare

Home address

We normally process applications on the basis of the child's home address at the time of application and offer. You can find your street in our list of school catchment areas.

The home address is the address where the child is a permanent resident, or where the child is ordinarily resident. This is usually the address of the parent, or carer with parental responsibility. The adult with whom the child is ordinarily resident would receive Child Benefit for the child.

We measure distance using a specialist computer programme called 'Datamap'. This gives accurate walking distances from the gate of your home to the nearest entrance gate of your child's school. We do not consider distances measured in any other way.

You can use Datamap below to measure the shortest safe walking distance from your home to schools within Thurrock.

Datamap – home to school distance measurement

Late applications

Any application received after the closing date will be treated as a late application. We process late applications only after we have processed all the on-time applications. This means there will be far less chance of your child being offered a place at the school you want.

If you have already applied online you will not be able to make another application. Contact us if you feel you need to make another application, or to send evidence that your application was late due to exceptional circumstances.