Battery Road, Thamesmead, London SE28 0JN

020 8855 2470

Reception Admissions 2023/2024


Arranging a Visit

We are extremely pleased that you are considering Discovery Primary School for your child who will be starting school in September 2023.

We would like to invite parents and carers to visit our school and see what it is like to part of the Discovery Family. 

You will also get an opportunity to meet the Head teacher and ask questions as you tour the whole school.

Open days will be held on the following dates:


Wednesday 19th October 2022 at 9:30am

Thursday 3rd November 2022 at 9:30am

Monday 21st November 2022 at 9:30am

To book a place on one of our open days, please telephone the school office on 0208 855 2470

Applying for a Primary School Place

If your child is due to start primary school in September 2023, you need to apply for a primary school place. The deadline for applications is 15 January 2023.

Planned admission timetable

Stage of process


Application period starts

1 September 2022

Closing date for applications

15 January 2023

Outcome of applications

17 April 2023

Deadline for accepting the offer

2 May 2023

Appeal hearings

June and July 2023


Before you apply

You can apply for up to six primary schools, listing them in order of preference.

Consider each school's admissions policies and previous years' application rates to see whether your child is likely to be offered a place.

For an indication of addresses offered by each school in the previous admission, check our primary school offers map.

You do not have to list six schools, but the more schools you list, the better your chances of being offered a place at one of them.

Primary School Admissions Booklet


Tips on using your preferences wisely

Your preferences are up to you but do be realistic. There's no guarantee you'll be offered a place at a preference school but here are some of our recommendations:

  • don't 'waste' a preference by naming a school where your child is unlikely to be offered a place
  • don't name a school that you'd not wish your child to attend - any preference may be offered
  • don't list the same school more than once as duplicates will be deleted
  • include schools nearest to your home address - otherwise, your child may end up being allocated to a school much further away.

How to apply

You can apply for schools in any area. If you live in Royal Greenwich you need to apply through us. If you live in another borough, you need to apply through your home authority even if you wish to apply for a place in a Royal Greenwich school.

If you have an older child or children already attending the school, you must make this clear on your application.

Apply online

The easiest way to apply is through the eAdmissions portal – it's quick, easy and secure - and it's the fastest way to hear the results.

View guidance on how to make an online application (eAdmissions website)

Please make sure that you rank your preferences in the order you genuinely want them to be considered. Any changes you wish to make to your preferences after the closing date will only be considered when all applications, including those submitted late, have been processed.

If you would rather complete a paper form and live in Royal Greenwich, you must use the Royal Borough of Greenwich's common application form.

If you would rather complete a paper form and live in Royal Greenwich, you must use the Royal Borough of Greenwich's common application form. To request a PDF of this form from the School Admissions Service to print off and complete, please email Receipt of a paper form cannot be provided.

Apply for a Reception place for admission in September 2023 (eAdmissions website)


Medical or social reasons for preferences

In most cases, medical or social needs can be met in any mainstream school.

However, if you feel that there's a chronic medical or social care reason why your child should be offered a particular school, you need to state this in your application.

Where the need relates to another family member, that family member must live at the same address as the child.

We don't consider moderate learning difficulties such as delayed speech and language or dyslexia as being a chronic medical or social care need. 

Work commitments and childcare arrangements are not considered as being a social care needs and so will not be considered by the panel. Contact the Families Information Service for help with childcare arrangements.

In your application you'll need to:

  1. Give evidence of the chronic medical or social care need, such as a professional medical diagnosis or a statement.
  2. Give reasons why your child should attend a particular school, stating the consequences if they have to attend an alternative school.
  3. Provide documentation from the relevant professional, such as a health or social care professional which supports your application to a named school on the grounds of medical or social need. 

Get help with your application

Royal Greenwich holds school admission information sessions to help parents and carers with applying for a school place.

The Families Information Service offers support to parents and carers who may need support with the school admissions process.

The service is available to everyone and provides:

  • a wide range of information on local primary schools
  • support in making informed and realistic preferences
  • help in completing the relevant forms
  • information about the appeals process.

If you have questions about which schools will best meet your child's academic and developmental needs, or you require support in making your application, please contact the Families Information Service.

FAQ about Primary School Admissions


Useful Links

Directory of Primary Schools

Primary School Admissions Policy

Primary School Offers Interactive Map