Castle Hill Academy Castle Hill Academy

A Platanos Trust School

Reception Admissions

Applying for Reception (Primary School) – September 2024

Parents and carers of children born between 1 September 2019 and 31 August 2020 will need to apply for a place to enable their child/ren to start primary school (reception) in September 2024.

The closing date for primary school applications is 15 January 2024.

This is the normal admissions round each year.

If your child has an education health and care plan that specifies the school best suited for your child’s needs, contact for admissions information.

If you are ready to apply, please use the eAdmissions form by following this link:

A step-by-step guide is also below: 

Apply and complete your application form

To submit your application and for further information, visit: 

Submit your application by 15 January 2024.

Late applications after the deadline, will be processed after those received on time, which could severely reduce your child’s chances of being offered a place at your preferred school.

To complete the application you will need:

  • Your child’s name and date of birth as they appear on the birth certificate or passport 
  • To provide your child’s name and date of birth as they appear on your child’s birth certificate or passport
  • Your Council Tax account number
  • If you are responsible for paying council tax at your child’s address you will need to enter your account number (this can be found in the top right corner of your council tax bill)

Supplementary Information Form (SIF)

All applicants should also complete and return the SIF directly to our school office by the deadline above. The form can be obtained from our offices or downloaded using the link below.

Supplementary Information Form (SIF) - Download (PDF)


School tours available

Please contact us on 01689 843148 or to book an appointment for a personalised tour of the school. Thank you.


After applying: school place offers

National Offer Day

You will receive your school place offer in the evening of 16 April 2024 by email.

You must accept or decline your offer by 30 April 2024.

To access your offer and respond you must sign into you eAdmissions account, so keep your login information safe.  

Waiting lists

Where our school is oversubscribed and there are more applicants than places available, the admission authority will keep a waiting list. 

Waiting lists are ordered according to the admissions criteria of our school. Waiting lists for Reception will be held until 31 December for that application round. After this period, you will need to apply through the in-year application process.

Please contact us directly for in-year admissions. Please also see our in-year application page here (click here).

Children who receive an offer at a lower preference school through the normal round of admissions (admission to reception) will be automatically placed on the waiting list for higher preference schools.

It is the responsibility of parents and carers to inform the local council if you do not want your child to be on the waiting for a higher preference school. In the event that a place becomes available at one of your higher preference schools, the place offered at your lower preference school will automatically be withdrawn.

Parents and carers who receive an offer at their first preference school can only make requests for their child to be added to the waiting list for lower preference schools in exceptional circumstances. Any change in circumstances must be supported with relevant evidence.

The position on a waiting list can change: it is not ordered on a first come first served basis. For example, if someone applies for a place after the date you submitted your application, and they have a higher priority status according to the admissions criteria, they will be added to the waiting list at a position above yours. On the other hand, if you are on a school’s waiting list, and someone above you on the list is offered and accepts a place at one of their higher preference schools, their name will be removed from the waiting list and your position on the waiting list will move up accordingly. If a vacancy occurs and your child is at the top of the waiting list, you will be offered a place.

If you want to know where your child is on a waiting list you can contact the relevant admission authority (local council or school). Croydon council maintains waiting lists for its community schools and some non-community schools.