Admissions

The staff, governing body and pupils of Odessa Infant’s would welcome you applying for a place at our school. To do this you must follow the correct process for your child’s age as detailed below.

Nursery Admissions

We accept children’s names for the nursery waiting list from their second birthday. We cannot guarantee you a place but we do try to offer all children at least three terms in the nursery before entry to our school.

We offer children a morning only nursery placement or an afternoon only placement. If you would like to put your child’s name on our nursery waiting list we suggest you do this before their third birthday. Please come to the school office on Tuesdays only, between 9am and 10am.

Please bring with you;

  • Your most recent Council Tax Bill or if not available, your Tenancy Agreement or Rent Book.
  • Plus A Utility Bill, (Gas, Electric, Water, Landline phone)
  • As well as your child(rens’) Birth Certificate or Passport showing their Date of Birth and Full Name.

30 Hours Extended Entitlement

The Nursery at Odessa Infant School is now offering 30 hour funded childcare for 3 and 4 year olds of working parents.

Am I eligible?

You will qualify for a free place if:

Both parents in a two parent family are working
Or if you are a single parent who is working and on average earns:

  • A weekly minimum equivalent to 16 hours at National Minimum Wage or National Living Wage
  • Less than £100,000 per year.

If you think you are eligible, you will be able to apply for your place via Childcare choices website.

Admission for entry from September 2018 (2018/9 current academic year). This can be accessed on the following link:www.eadmissions.org.uk

School Admissions

We are a school maintained by London Borough of Newham which means they are the admission authority for this school. All applications for this school must be made through London Borough of Newham’s Pupil Services, not the school.

Reception Admission for September 2021 entry

For all children born from 1 September 2016 and 31 August 2017 inclusive, their parents/carers will need to apply for a reception class place in an infant or primary school for September 2021 entry.

National closing date for on time reception applications 15 January 2021
National offer date for on time reception applicants 16 April 2021

All reception 2021 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
    OR
  • Has a brother or sister attending this school.

Before submitting a reception application we strongly recommend all families read the autumn 2020 edition of the local authorities ‘Starting Primary School’ guide and find out information about the school you are interested in.

Information about the reception process for September 2021 entry
London Borough of Newham’s Determined Arrangements for the 2021/2022 (entry from September 2021)
Link to Pan London eAdmissions portal – opens 1 September 2020 for September 2021 reception applications
Pan London Co-ordinated Scheme
School Finder -We recommend you use the Newham School Finder tool to determine the location of your
preferred Newham schools and calculate home to school distances.

Infant to junior school transition for September 2021 entry

Children born from 1 September 2013 and 31 August 2014 who attend an infant school, will need to apply a year 3 junior place in an infant or primary school for September 2021. This does not apply to children who attend a primary school unless their parent/carer wants to change their child’s school for September 2021.

National closing date for on time junior applications 15 January 2021
National offer date for on time junior applicants 16 April 2021

All junior school (or year 3 in a primary school school) applications for 2021 entry 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 who live 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 with children on roll in a year 2 class of an infant school must
apply for a junior place in a school, even if the child:

  • Has a brother or sister who attending this school.

Before submitting a junior school application we strongly recommend all families read the autumn 2020 edition of the local authorities ‘Starting Primary School’ guide and find out information about the school you are interested in.

Information about the infant school to the junior school transition process for September 2021 entry
London Borough of Newham’s Determined Arrangements for the 2021/2022 (entry from September 2021)
Link to Pan London eAdmissions portal – opens 1 September 2020 for September 2021 reception applications
Pan London Co-ordinated Scheme
School Finder – We recommend you use the Newham School Finder tool to determine the location of your
preferred Newham schools and calculate home to school distances.

In Year admissions into primary school (aka mid term and mid phase)

If a family arrives in Newham during the school year 2020/2021 and their child needs a school place they must complete an In Year form naming their preferred schools.

School places are usually offered within 10 days.

The place offered may not be at the school the family prefers as that school may not have a
suitable place available.

In Year Admissions for 1 September 2020 to 16 July 2021 (Year Groups: reception to Year 6)

Before submitting a junior school application we strongly recommend all families read the autumn 2020 edition of the local authorities ‘Starting Primary School’ guide and find out information about the school you are interested in.

Determined Arrangements for September 2020 onwards entry
In Year school application form (all year groups) for September 2020 to July 2021

School Finder – We recommend you use the Newham School Finder tool to determine the location of your
preferred Newham schools and calculate home to school distances.

Fair Access

The law requires that each local authority must have a Fair Access Protocol (FAP), agreed with the majority of schools in its area to ensure that for In Year admissions unplaced children, especially the most vulnerable, are offered a place at a suitable school as quickly as possible. In agreeing a protocol, the local authority must ensure that no school – including those with available places – is asked to take a disproportionate number of children who have been excluded from other schools, or who have challenging behaviour. Odessa Infant School has signed up to the LB Newham’s Fair Access Protocol.