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Admission to a nursery school or class attached to a primary school

Three and four year old children can go to nursery classes attached to primary or nursery schools in Hackney. The age your child can go depends on the number of places available. All three and four year olds are eligible for free early years education, usually 15 hours a week..

From September 2017, some working parents will be eligible for a full-time place (30 hours per week) or a part-time place (15 hours per week). Parents who wish to be considered for a full-time place will need to check their eligibility the school term before their child is due to start nursery. This can be done online at Eligible parents will receive a 10 digit code which must be given to the school before the closing date for applications.

How to apply

  • Contact at least three of your preferred schools when your child is two years old (please note, applying early does not give priority over later applications)
  • If applying for a free 30 hours childcare place, you will need to meet the eligibility criteria to qualify as described above, otherwise your child will be considered for a part-time place.
  • Fill in a Nursery Application Form
  • Provide proof of address with your application form

Admissions Criteria

If more children require a nursery place than there are places available, the Headteacher will give out the places in the following order:

  1. Children in public care or subject to a child protection plan who live in the area
  2. Children with an educational, medical or social need for a nursery place
  3. Children whose parents can take up or stay in a teaching post in one of our schools
  4. Children with brothers and sisters already at the school (includes foster and step brothers and sisters living at the same address)
  5. Children living nearest to the school in a straight line from their home address or their child-minder’s address

What happens next

  • The school will write to you before your child is due to attend to let you know if they have a place
  • If your child is offered a place, the school will also need to see your child’s birth certificate to confirm their date of birth

Nursery classes at voluntary aided schools

  • The governing body of each religious school is responsible for admissions to their nursery class
  • Contact the school to find out if they have offered you a place and the start date
  • Complete and return a supplementary information form if you want your application to be considered under the faith priorities

Appeal against nursery place decision

There is no right of appeal against admission decision for a nursery place in a school.

Reception Class Admissions – September 2019

Apply if your child was born between 1 September 2014 and 31 August 2015.

Apply before 15 January 2019


Find out more about Hackney’s Primary Schools in the Primary Schools Admissions Guide.

Read the step-by-step instructions in the Online Admissions Application Guide.

When you are ready to apply click on the admissions apply online button – found below the two guides.

Please contact the Admissions Team for further information by emailing or call 020 8820 7247 or 020 88207489.

Use the links below to gain access to the Learning Trusts Admissions section and for help with applying.


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Primary to secondary transfer for September 2019

Apply if your child was born between 1 September 2007 and 31 August 2008

Apply before 31st October 2018


Find out more about Hackney’s Secondary Schools in the Secondary Schools Admissions Guide.


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In-year admissions 2018-19

In-year admissions are applications made for school places at any time during the school year. The Learning Trust process applications on a three weekly cycle, 

Making an in-year application

  • You will need to request an In-year application form by telephone or email – from The Learning Trust
  • Follow the guidance for completing the form, if your child is currently on roll or just recently left a primary or secondary school in the UK you must get the Part 2 form completed by the school before submitting your application form, and return to the Admissions Team
  • Send with your application a copy of your child’s passport or birth certificate and proof of your UK resident address, Council Tax bill and Utility bill to School Admissions Team, 1 Reading Lane, E8 1GQ

If you require further advice, please contact The Admissions Team:

  • Tel: 020 8820 7707 / 020 8820 7798 / 020 8820 7397
  • Email:
  • Visit: 2nd floor reception desk between 9am and 5pm, Monday to Friday. Admissions and Pupils officers will not be available between 10am and 1pm
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