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Apply for your child's secondary school place

Key dates and things to think about ahead of the new term

Apply for a school place
If your child is due to join a primary or secondary school in September 2023, you will soon need to apply for a place. If they were born between 1 September 2018 and 31 August 2019, you will need to apply for primary school reception. If they were born between 1 September 2011 and 31 August 2012, you will need to secure a secondary school place.

Applications open on 1 September 2022 and if you live in Islington, you will need to apply online through the e-admissions portal. A copy of the primary and secondary school admissions brochures explaining what to do, when and how is available on the applications page of the Islington Council website.

If you need support, the council’s friendly school admissions team can guide you through the process. Call on 020 7527 5515 or email

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Register for free school meals
Did you know that Islington Council is one of only a few local authorities in London to offer free school meals for all nursery and primary age pupils in local schools? Free school meals are available to some secondary school pupils in receipt of certain benefits, too. As well as providing a nutritious meal for children, free school meals help families out with the cost of living, saving more than £400 per year per child.

Register for free school meals

Apply for a uniform grant
If your child is an Islington resident and is eligible for free school meals, they’re entitled to a uniform grant as well. The council will pay £150 to help meet the cost of school uniforms when your child transfers to secondary school from Year 6.

Applying for a uniform grant is quick and easy, just visit the council website and fill out the online form. For help or more information, email the free school meals team on

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