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Starting Primary School (reception admissions for September 2023 entry)

Starting Primary School (reception admissions for September 2023 entry)

The staff, governing body and pupils of St Helen’s Catholic Primary School would welcome your applying for a place at our school.

To do this you must follow the correct process for your child’s age as detailed below.

We are an academy school which means we are our own admission authority but to ensure continuity across the borough we follow the London Borough of Newham’s admissions processes.

All applications for this school must be made through London Borough of Newham’s Pupil Services, not this school.

Reception Admission for September 2023 entry

For all children born from 1 September 2018 and 31 August 2019 inclusive, their parents/carers will need to apply for a reception class place in an infant or primary school for September 2022 entry.

National closing date for on time reception applications 15 January 2023
National offer date for on time reception applicants 17 April 2023

All reception 2023 applications must be made through the family’s home local authority.
For children living in Newham, families must apply via London Borough of Newham.

For children living outside Newham, whose family wants them to attend this school their application must be made through their home borough naming this school as a preference on their application.
Remember, parents/carers must apply for a reception place in this school, even if the child:

  •  Attends our nursery


  •  Has a brother or sister attending this school.

Before submitting a reception application we strongly recommend all families read the autumn 2023 edition of the local authorities ‘Starting Primary School’ guide and find out information about the school you are interested in.


Other information to help with your September 2023 application can be found at:

Newham Primary School Admissions

The Pan London eAdmissions portal opens on 1 September 2022 for September 2023 reception applications:


Guidance on creating an eAdmissions account and applying

Supplementary Information Form (SIF)

As part of our admission arrangements we require a Supplementary Information Form (SIF) if an applicant wants their child to be consider under our faith based criteria (priority groups). If an applicant does not complete and submit a SIF or does not want to be considered under our faith based criteria (priority groups) the child will be automatically added to the lowest priority group when we rank the applications.
A SIF is not an application form so cannot be considered unless an application is made.

Supplementary Information Form (SIF)

Deadline for on time Supplementary Information Forms (SIFs) – 15 January 2023

Newham Catholic Deanery Admission Criteria

Certificate of Catholic Practice

Pan London Co-ordinated Scheme

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