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How to apply for state schools in London

How to apply for state schools in London

We always get many questions from parents about the timing and formalities to enrol their children in the London public/state primary schools system.

The key to a successful application is to apply in time and to the right Borough - read below for more details.

This guide assumes you already know which school(s) you want to apply to. If that's not the case, read:

To help you organize your school registrations calendar, you will find below a reminder of the fundamentals of the state schools applications in London:

1. Get a UK Address

  • You will need to have an address in the catchment area of the school(s) you are planning to apply for. The address can be outside of the school's Borough, as long as it is close enough to the school.

2. Apply with the Borough

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