Click here to download the Bromley Primary School Booklet for Admissions in 2017



Age of Admission

Bromley’s primary admissions policy is to admit children to reception classes twice a year.  Children born between 1 September and 28 (or 29) February inclusive are admitted at the beginning of the Autumn term and those born between 1 March and 31 August at the start of the Spring term before their fifth birthday. 

However, in line with legislation, all children will be permitted to start in reception in the September following their fourth birthday.  This will give parent/guardians of children born on or after 1 March the option of choosing a September start for their child. 

Parents can request that the date their child is admitted to the school is deferred until later in the school year or until the child reaches compulsory school age in that school year.  Where entry is deferred, admission authorities must hold the place for that child and not offer it to another child.  The parent would not however be able to defer entry beyond the beginning of the term after the child's fifth birthday, nor beyond the academic year for which the original application was accepted. Children born after 1 April will be expected to join the school by the start of the Summer term.

Parents can also request that their child attends part-time until the child reaches compulsory school age but this must be in discussion with the Head teacher and in the best interest of the child. 

Twins, triplets and other multiple births: where twins, triplets or children from other multiple births qualify for the last school place to be allocated Bromley will admit all of the qualifying siblings in excess of the published admissions limit and they will be considered as ‘excepted pupils’. 

Application Procedure

Application for admission to reception must be made in accordance with the published Primary Co-ordinated Admission Arrangements for each relevant year and will only be accepted from parent/guardians with proven parental responsibility.  Change of parental responsibility, unless exceptional circumstances through a court order, will not be accepted during the co-ordinated admission process.

Admission Criteria

Where schools are oversubscribed places will be offered in line with the admission criteria outlined below:

(i) Looked after Children (Children in Public Care) (see note 1).

(ii) In exceptional circumstances there is discretion to admit children on the grounds of their or their family’s acute medical or social need for that particular school and who would not otherwise qualify for admission.  The application must be supported by a letter from a hospital consultant, the special support service, social worker or similar professional, setting out the reasons why the school is the only one to meet the child’s needs, before an admission decision is made.  The admission decision will be considered in consultation with sub groups of the Admissions Forum which includes teaching and medical professionals.  Medical professionals provide advice on applications made under medical conditions and teaching professionals advise on applications made for social or special reasons.  Supporting evidence must be provided before the closing date for applications.

(iii) Siblings - Children who have a brother or sister at the preferred school at the beginning of their first term (see note 2).

(iv) Proximity – proximity as measured in a straight line from the front door of the home to the front door of the school (see note 3 and 4).


1.    A 'looked after child' or a child who was previously looked after but immediately after being looked after became subject to an adoption, residence, or
    special guardianship order. A looked after child is a child who is (a) in the care of a local authority, or (b) being provided with accommodation by a local
       authority in the exercise of their social services functions”

2.    Sibling refers to brother or sister, half brother or sister, adopted brother or sister, step brother or sister, or the child of the parent/carer’s partner, and in
       every case, the child should be living in the same family unit at the same address.  The elder sibling must still be on roll at the school when the younger
       child starts school.

3.    “Home" being where the child normally resides as their only or principal residence.  Addresses involved in child minding (professional or relatives) are 
       excluded.  Parents will be asked to provide documentary evidence to confirm an address and parental responsibility.  It is expected that the applicant and
       pupil will still be resident at the same address when the child starts school unless exceptional circumstances apply.

4.    Distance will be measured (in a straight line) from the front door of the child’s home address (including flats) to the main entrance of the school building,
       using the Local Authority’s computerised measuring system, with those living closer to the school receiving the higher priority.


Closing Date for Reception Applications

The closing date for applications 2017/2018 is Sunday 15th January 2017.

Offer of Reception Places

The proposed offer date for applications is Tuesday 18th April 2017

Late Applications

Late applications will be dealt with in accordance with the procedures laid down in the co-ordinated admissions scheme.

Waiting Lists

Waiting lists will be maintained by the Local Authority and kept in the order of the published admissions criteria.  These waiting lists are only kept for the academic year in which they are received.  A new application must be made for each academic year



Applications that are made for admission to all year groups in Primary and Secondary schools must be made to the local authority.   All applicants without a school place must be allowed to start at a school as soon as possible if a place is available. If no places available, parents to be advised, in writing, of their right of appeal.

In cases where parents request a school transfer mid-term and where no house move is involved, it is acceptable for arrangements to be made for the pupil to join the new school at the beginning of the next term (section 433 of the Education Act 1996 permits deferment of admission to the start of a school term).

Pupils would still be offered the place but would not start at the school until the beginning of the following term unless there were special circumstances to be considered and agreed between the present and new school. 

Fair Access Protocol

All schools in Bromley will admit pupils referred under the Fair Access Protocol. A ‘Hard to Place’ pupil will be given priority for admission over any others who are seeking or applying for a school place and the school can admit over their published admission number.


All applicants have a statutory right of appeal in the event that their preferred school is unable to offer them a place. Unsuccessful applicants must be advised of their right of appeal to an independent admission appeals panel, established by the Local Authority, under the School Standards and Framework Act 1998.

Appeals for reception places will be considered in light of the class size regulations that require infant class sizes to not exceed 30.  The legislation will only permit class sizes above 30 in limited, specified, circumstances.

Compass Academy Trust is the admission authority for our school.  The administration and allocation of school places for the four primary schools in the Trust (Marian Vian, Oak Lodge, Unicorn and Wickham Common) is delegated to Bromley Council's Admissions Team.

Compass Academy Trust is responsible for arranging appeals against refusal of a place at any of the four schools.  Admissions Appeals for the Compass Academy schools will be held on 11th and 12th July 2017.

Click here to download the Appeals Timetable for Foundation Stage Admissions for September 2016



Oak Lodge Primary School is part of the Compass Academy Trust, which comprises of 4 academies situated in the London Borough of Bromley.  The Academies are:

  • Marian Vian Primary School
  • Oak Lodge Primary School
  • Unicorn Primary School
  • Wickham Common Primary School

This is to inform and consult with you in relation to amendments the Compass academies will be making to their admission arrangements from September 2018.

The proposed arrangements are available by clicking here and any comments on these proposed arrangements are to be made to:
Stuart Froment (