Forestdale Primary School

Admissions and Transfers  


Forestdale Primary School is a two form entry mixed primary school and admits children between the ages of 4-11 in accordance with LEA criteria.

Children are admitted to Forestdale in the autumn term of the school year in which they are five. Places are allocated according to Croydon’s published criteria. Each year a maximum of 60 children are admitted to our two Reception classes.


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Children join Reception at the beginning of the academic year (1st September – 31st August) in which they will be five.  Parents of children born between 1 September 2019 and 31 August 2020 are applying to start primary school in September 2024.


All applications must be made to the local authority on a Croydon Local Authority’s online at The closing date for primary school applications is 15 January 2024. If your application is made after the closing date of 15 January 2024, it will be treated as late and will not be considered until after 19 April 2024 unless it is late for ‘good reason’. You must accept or decline your offer by 2 May 2024. 

September Admissions

If you applied online and on time, you will receive an email or text alert telling you when you can log in to find out the result of your application, during the evening of 19 April. You can also view the outcome of your application by downloading the 'ParentComms' App.  Please ensure that you accept online. We look forward to meeting parents of the new Reception children at a meeting in June where your child's entry into school will be discussed.

Starting school 

Starting school is an exciting opportunity, for you and your child. At Forestdale it is important to us that we work in partnership with you, from the beginning, to ensure that we all feel ready and comfortable when September arrives. We aim for children to become confident and happy learners as quickly as possible when they start at Forestdale Primary School, so we have put together the following information and guidance to support families during this transition period.

We hope to answer all your questions, but do please contact us via the school office, telephone or email, if there is anything else we can help you with.

Visiting the school

There will be an opportunity for your child to visit us, so that they meet their teacher, and start to become familiar with the classroom and surroundings.

Key Dates for September 2024 Entry

Application closing date

15th January

Primary places offered: 

19th April

No outcome letters will be sent to applicants. 

If you applied online and on time you will receive an email notification about the result of your application during the evening of 19 April 2024.

Parents will be able to view the results of their application online as well as accept or decline the offer made to them.  Parents can also obtain their outcome by downloading the ParentComms App.



Accept offer of place by:

 2nd May 2024

Parents’ Information Evening:  


Class visits for children:    


Summer Fair:


All children full time (8.45am-3.15pm)


In Year Admissions

Occasionally spaces are available in year groups other than Reception. If you would like to apply for ‘in year admissions’ via the Croydon council website. Click Here.


Children transfer to secondary school at the end of Year 6 when they are 11. Applications to secondary school are dealt with by Croydon Council. If your child was born between 1st September 2011 and 31st August 2012 you must apply for a secondary school place. 


Is your child currently in Year 6?  If so you MUST apply for a secondary school place for them. 

Apply now:

  1. Visit to find out about the schools available and be guided through the steps in the application process and the online application form.
  2. If you are familiar with the process and already have an eAdmissions account you can apply straightaway at

Application deadline: 31 October 2023

If your application is late it will not be considered until all applications received on time have been processed and your child would be unlikely to receive a place at one of your preferred schools. Help your child by being one of the nine out of ten parents who apply on time.

You will be able to view the outcome of your application online on 1 March 2024.

The School Admissions Team at Croydon Council has prepared these two documents to help you complete the application form.

Eadmissions Leaflet 2023

If you would like assistance with making your school selection, please speak to your child's class teacher or to the school office. 

Due to the current COVID-19 situation, and following advice from Croydon Local Authority, the majority of schools are not able to go ahead with our planned Open Events. It is important to check individual school websites for their admission criteria and to view virtual tours. We will update this page as we receive information from schools.


Some schools require you to fill in a supplementary form; you will need to check with individual schools. Letters with the outcome of your application will be sent out by Croydon Council on 1st March 2024; you will be able to see the outcome online during the evening of 1st March.

Children offered a place at a school in Croydon will be invited to attend an induction day at the school on Friday 4th July 2024.