The hardest primary school to get your kids into in every London borough

Once your kid turns four, they become eligible to start primary school the following year, although getting a place isn’t always the easiest thing to do, especially in London where there is high demand for school places in concentrated areas.

Schools make decisions about who is offered a place based on their admissions criteria. Any child can go to any primary school unless more parents applied for a place than the number of places available. If a school is oversubscribed, then it can use its criteria to decide the priority order in which places are allocated.

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Beaumont Primary School in Croydon is the hardest primary school in the whole of London to get into

In all schools the highest priority must be given to looked-after children and previously children who are, or have been, in the care of the local authority. Other examples of criteria that are often used are children with a sibling attending the school, children living in the catchment area. Full details of the criteria are available on the school’s website. You can make an application for a school place through your Local Authority – find yours here.

Beaumont Primary School in Croydon is the hardest primary school in the whole of London to get into, with only 30 places offered to 435 applications. Based on the percentage of first preferences that got a place, these primary school are the hardest ones to get your kids into in each London borough, according to data from the Department for Education.

Barking and Dagenham

Grafton Primary School

120 places offered.

147 put it as their first place preference.

77% of those who put it as their first choice secured a place for this September.

Including second and third preferences, there were 377 applications.

3.1 applications for each offered place.

Barnet

Ashmole Primary School

56 places offered.

114 put it as their first place preference.

47% of those who put it as their first choice secured a place for this September.

Including second and third preferences, there were 364 applications.

6.5 applications for each offered place.

Bexley

Barnehurst Infant School

60 places offered.

100 put it as their first place preference.

60% of those who put it as their first choice secured a place for this September.

Including second and third preferences, there were 312 applications.

5.2 applications for each offered place.

Brent

Islamia Primary School

60 places offered.

149 put it as their first place preference.

40% of those who put it as their first choice secured a place for this September Including second and third preferences, there were 232 applications.

3.9 applications for each offered place.

Bromley

St Vincent’s Catholic Primary School

30 places offered.

57 put it as their first place preference.

52% of those who put it as their first choice secured a place for this September.

Including second and third preferences, there were 442 applications.

3.6 applications for each offered place.

Camden

Eleanor Palmer Primary School

29 places offered.

62 put it as their first place preference.

46% of those who put it as their first choice secured a place for this September.

Including second and third preferences, there were 236 applications.

8.1 applications for each offered place.

City of London

The Aldgate School



There were 236 applications for only 30 places at The Aldgate School

30 places offered.

62 put it as their first place preference.

46% of those who put it as their first choice secured a place for this September.

Including second and third preferences, there were 236 applications.

8.1 applications for each offered place.

Croydon

Beaumont Primary School

30 places offered.

133 put it as their first place preference.

22% of those who put it as their first choice secured a place for this September.

Including second and third preferences, there were 435 applications.

14.5 applications for each offered place.

Ealing

Ark Priory Primary Academy

60 places offered.

103 put it as their first place preference.

56% of those who put it as their first choice secured a place for this September.

Including second and third preferences, there were 336 applications.

5.6 applications for each offered place.

Enfield

Forty Hill CofE Primary School

30 places offered.

67 put it as their first place preference.

44% of those who put it as their first choice secured a place for this September.

Including second and third preferences, there were 228 applications.

7.6 applications for each offered place.

Greenwich

Meridian Primary School

30 places offered.

50 put it as their first place preference.

56% of those who put it as their first choice secured a place for this September.

Including second and third preferences, there were 186 applications.

6.2 applications for each offered place.

Hackney

London Fields Primary School

59 places offered.

77 put it as their first place preference.

75% of those who put it as their first choice secured a place for this September.

Including second and third preferences, there were 297 applications.

5 applications for each offered place.

Hammersmith and Fulham

Holy Cross Primary (Fulham Bilingual stream)

28 places offered.

65 put it as their first place preference.

41% of those who put it as their first choice secured a place for this September.

Including second and third preferences, there were 126 applications.

4.5 applications for each offered place.

Haringey

Muswell Hill Primary School



Muswell Hill Primary School is the hardest to get into in Haringey

60 places offered.

89 put it as their first place preference.

65% of those who put it as their first choice secured a place for this September.

Including second and third preferences, there were 449 applications.

7.5 applications for each offered place.

Harrow

Newton Farm Nursery, Infant and Junior School

60 places offered.

127 put it as their first place preference.

47% of those who put it as their first choice secured a place for this September.

Including second and third preferences, there were 350 applications.

5.8 applications for each offered place.

Havering

Scotts Primary School

60 places offered.

123 put it as their first place preference.

48% of those who put it as their first choice secured a place for this September.

Including second and third preferences, there were 348 applications.

5.8 applications for each offered place.

Hillingdon

St Mary’s Catholic Primary School

30 places offered.

44 put it as their first place preference.

68% of those who put it as their first choice secured a place for this September.

Including second and third preferences, there were 148 applications.

4.9 applications for each offered place.

Hounslow

Spring Grove Primary School



Only 30% of those who put Spring Grove Primary School as their first choice secured a place for this September

30 places offered.

96 put it as their first place preference.

30% of those who put it as their first choice secured a place for this September.

Including second and third preferences, there were 340 applications.

11.3 applications for each offered place.

Islington

Gillespie Primary School

30 places offered.

71 put it as their first place preference.

40% of those who put it as their first choice secured a place for this September.

Including second and third preferences, there were 270 applications.

9 applications for each offered place.

Kensington and Chelsea

Christ Church CofE Primary School

28 places offered.

81 put it as their first place preference.

34% of those who put it as their first choice secured a place for this September.

Including second and third preferences, there were 154 applications.

5.5 applications for each offered place.

Kingston upon Thames

St Luke’s CofE Primary School

30 places offered.

51 put it as their first place preference.

58% of those who put it as their first choice secured a place for this September.

Including second and third preferences, there were 243 applications.

8.1 applications for each offered place.

Lambeth

Reay Primary School

29 places offered.

54 put it as their first place preference.

53% of those who put it as their first choice secured a place for this September.

Including second and third preferences, there were 159 applications.

5.5 applications for each offered place.

Lewisham

Brindishe Lee School

30 places offered.

58 put it as their first place preference.

46% of those who put it as their first choice secured a place for this September.

Including second and third preferences, there were 338 applications.

11.3 applications for each offered place.

Merton

Merton Park Primary School



There were 10.2 applications for each offered place at Merton Park Primary School

28 places offered.

49 put it as their first place preference.

49% of those who put it as their first choice secured a place for this September.

Including second and third preferences, there were 286 applications.

10.2 applications for each offered place.

Newham

Cleves Primary School

59 places offered.

94 put it as their first place preference.

59% of those who put it as their first choice secured a place for this September.

Including second and third preferences, there were 243 applications.

4.1 applications for each offered place.

Redbridge

Al-Noor Voluntary Aided Muslim Primary School

60 places offered.

193 put it as their first place preference.

30% of those who put it as their first choice secured a place for this September.

Including second and third preferences, there were 335 applications.

5.6 applications for each offered place.

Richmond upon Thames

Barnes Primary School

60 places offered.

107 put it as their first place preference.

56% of those who put it as their first choice secured a place for this September.

Including second and third preferences, there were 313 applications.

5.2 applications for each offered place.

Southwark

Charles Dickens Primary School



Including second and third preferences, there were 220 applications for the Charles Dickens Primary School in Southwark

60 places offered.

99 put it as their first place preference.

56% of those who put it as their first choice secured a place for this September.

Including second and third preferences, there were 220 applications.

3.7 applications for each offered place.

Sutton

Manor Park Primary Academy

89 places offered.

170 put it as their first place preference.

50% of those who put it as their first choice secured a place for this September.

Including second and third preferences, there were 566 applications.

6.4 applications for each offered place.

Tower Hamlets

Mayflower Primary School

50 places offered.

95 put it as their first place preference.

52% of those who put it as their first choice secured a place for this September.

Including second and third preferences, there were 275 applications.

5.5 applications for each offered place.

Waltham Forest

Mayflower Primary School

59 places offered.

102 put it as their first place preference.

54% of those who put it as their first choice secured a place for this September.

Including second and third preferences, there were 266 applications.

4.5 applications for each offered place.



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Wandsworth

Sheringdale Primary School

59 places offered.

107 put it as their first place preference.

55% of those who put it as their first choice secured a place for this September.

Including second and third preferences, there were 352 applications.

6 applications for each offered place.

Westminster

Hampden Gurney CofE Primary School

30 places offered.

46 put it as their first place preference.

56% of those who put it as their first choice secured a place for this September.

Including second and third preferences, there were 137 applications.

4.6 applications for each offered place.

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