Admissions

We welcome you applying for a place at our school or nursery. 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 Normal Admissions

If your child was born between 1 September 2015 and 31 August 2016, you will need to apply for a reception class place in an infant or primary school for September 2020.

If your child lives in Newham you will need to apply via London Borough of Newham. But if your child lives outside Newham, but you want him or her to go to school in Newham, you will need to apply through the local authority in the borough you live in.

Remember, you must always apply for a place, even if your child:

  • Already attends the nursery of your preferred school
    OR
  • They have a brother or sister who attends the schools

Reception Admission for September 2020

Infant to junior school transition

If your child was born between 1 September 2012 and 31 August 2013 and attends an infant school, you will need to apply for a year 3 junior place in an infant or primary school for September 2020.  If they attend a primary school NOT an infant school you have the choice of your child staying at their primary school or applying to change to another school.  If they are happy in their primary school you do not need to take any action.

If your child lives in Newham you will need to apply via London Borough of Newham. But if your child lives outside Newham, but you want him or her to go to school in Newham, you will need to apply through the local authority in the borough you live in.

Remember, if your child attends an infant school you must apply for a place, even if your child:

  • Already attends the infant school linked to your preferred junior school
    OR
  • They have a brother or sister who attends the junior school

Determined Arrangements for the 2020/2021 (entry from September 2020)
Pan London eAdmissions portal – opens 1 September 2020 for September 2020 year 3 junior school applications
Pan London Co-ordinated Admissions
School Fact 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 your family arrives in Newham during the school year 2019/2020 and your child needs a school place in the borough you must complete an In Year form and you are usually given a place within 10 days.

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

In Year Admissions for September 2019 to August 2020 (Year Groups Reception to Year 6)

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.