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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.


For more information see:


Children join Reception at the beginning of the academic year (1st September – 31st August) in which they will be five.

We are running a series of tours of the school for prospective parents of children starting school in September 2019. The tours start at 9.30am and last for about 45 minutes. Please contact the school office to book a place on a tour. The dates are:

Thursday 20th September, Wednesday 26th September, Tuesday 2nd October, Friday 5th October, Tuesday 30th October, Monday 5th November and Thursday 15th November.


All applications must be made to the local authority on a Croydon Local Authority’s online at


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 16 April. You can also view the outcome of your application by downloading the 'ParentComms' App.  Please ensure that you accept online, and also let the school office know. We look forward to meeting parents of the new Reception children on 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 2018 Entry

Primary places offered: 

Monday 16th April

No outcome letters will be sent to applicants.  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: Monday 30th April
Letter to parents inviting to parents meeting   Friday 25th May
Confirm attendance for parents meeting by: Tuesday 5th June
Parents’ Information Evening:   Wednesday 13th June
Class visits for children:     Friday 6th July morning or afternoon
Summer Fair: Saturday 7th July 12 noon – 3:00p.m. 
INSET DAY  Monday 3rd September
Home Visits Tuesday 4th to Friday 7th September
Part time (morning or afternoon) Monday 10th to Wednesday 12th September
Part time (morning or afternoon) with lunch Thursday 13th and Friday 14th September
All children full time (8.45am-3.05pm) Monday 17th September
Maths and English workshop for reception parents Friday 28th September

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.

Transfer to secondary school

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 2007 and 31st August 2008 you must apply for a secondary school place. Applications need to be made online by Wednesday 31st October 2018

We encourage parents to visit as many local schools as possible when they hold their open events during September and October. Please see the link above. You might also check local schools which are outside the borough. Details of their open events will be on their school website. If you need any advice on filling in the application form, please speak to a member of the office staff.

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 2019; 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 5th July 2019.