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Drew Primary School


We follow the London Borough of Newham admissions policy.

That identifies the following admissions criteria:

  • Children who live locally and have a brother or sister in the school.
  • Children who do not live locally but do have a brother or sister in the school, provided that a place was not available at the local school for that brother or sister.
  • Other children who live locally.
  • Other children whether or not they live in Newham.

    Determined Admission Arrangements - September 2020

    The law requires that all schools must have admission arrangements that clearly set out how children will be admitted, including the criteria that will be applied if there are more applications than places at the school. Admission arrangements are determined by admission authorities.

    All admission authorities must determine (i.e. formally agree) admission arrangements annually, even if they have not changed from previous years and a consultation has not been required. Admission authorities must determine admission arrangements for entry in September 2020, by 28 February 2019. The Learning in Harmony Trust board of Trustees  is the admission authority for add school name and we have formally agreed to adopt the LB Newham’s admission arrangements for September 2020.   

    For any proposed changes to the existing determined arrangements a formal consultation must take place and must be for a minimum of 6 weeks and must take place between 1 October and 31 January of the school year before those arrangements are to apply. For example: for arrangements which are to apply to applications in 2019 (entry in September 2020), consultation must be completed by 31 January 2019. This consultation period allows parents, other schools, religious authorities and the local community to raise any concerns about proposed arrangements.  We did not propose any changes for 2020 as our changes were made and consulted upon for entry in September 2019

    Our Determined Arrangements for the school year starting in September 2020 are available to view here     

    You can object to these arrangements or the arrangements of any school by referring to the Office of the Schools Adjudicator. Objections to admission arrangements for entry in September 2020 must be referred to the Adjudicator by 15 May 2019. Any decision of the Adjudicator must be acted on by the admission authority and admission arrangements amended accordingly.



    Last full consultation 2019/20.  No change for 2020/21.

    February 2019

    Trust approval of arrangements

    28 February 2019

    Publication on school website

    & Final Determined Admission Arrangements

    15 March  2019

    Publication of Composite Prospectus of Determined Arrangements

    16 March – 15 May 2019

    Window for Objections to the School Adjudicator.

    12 September 2019

    Final arrangements for 2020 are published  in the Primary booklet

Reception admission for entry from September 2019

Primary to secondary transition for entry September 2019

Transition to Secondary

There are a variety of successful schools in Newham for parents to consider when deciding upon secondary schools for your child.

Newham have produced this Guidance pack for parents explaining the Year 7 admissions process which also includes information about the schools as well as open days of when you can visit them.

Useful links for all schools admissions

If a decision has to be made between children in one of the above groups, the place is given to the child who lives nearest to the school by walking distance.

Once a place becomes available for your child you will be invited to attend an admission interview and you will be informed of a start date. Except for children joining the Nursery or Reception, children generally start school on a Monday.

You will need to bring with you; your child’s birth certificate and proof of address. Further details will be provided in the letter inviting you to attend the admission interview.

Nursery Admissions

Children are admitted to the Nursery according to strictly applied age criteria.

Children cannot be offered a place until they have passed their third birthday and then only if a place is available. In order to be offered a place in our nursery, children need to be toilet trained and out of nappies. Parents/carers may register their child for a Nursery place with the School Office at any time. You will then be invited to attend an admission interview and meet the Nursery staff prior to being offered a place.

Children from the Nursery do not automatically transfer to the Reception class. The admission criteria for the Reception class are the same as those listed above for the main school. For those children who obtain a place the school follows Newham’s policy for the admission of Rising 5’s.

Admission Appeals

If you wish to appeal against a refusal for admission, you must contact the Local Authority who can advise you further.