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Changes to admissions from September 2022 and COVID-19

Changes to admissions from September 2022

Following consultation on admissions from September 2022 the Governing Body have approved the revised Admissions Policy, which can be found below.

COVID-19 : Admissions in September 2021 and subsequent in year admissions

St Paul’s School has asked for approval to amend its admissions criteria to take into account the fact that churches and other places of worship were closed by law due to the COVID-19 pandemic, and therefore parents have not been able to meet the church and other places of worship attendance criteria in criteria three to seven of the admissions criteria when the churches and other places of worship were closed.

The effect of such change is that the period when the churches and other places of worship were closed will not be taken into account for attendance purposes. For practical purposes attendance is required up to and including 15 March 2020, from 13 September 2020 to 10 January 2021 and from 14 March 2021 to date. Please note that non-attendance for medical reasons (relating to Covid-19 or otherwise) in this period when churches or other places of worship are open will need to be accompanied by a letter from a medical professional.

The revised admissions criteria has been updated accordingly and can be found below.

Admissions policy

St Paul’s is a voluntary-aided primary school with a Church of England foundation.  As such, the governing body of the school is responsible for the admission of all pupils.

Parents wishing to apply for a place may like to telephone the administrative officer to arrange to visit the school at one of the regular open mornings dates of which are on the home page of the website.

Admissions are co-ordinated by the Enfield Schools Admissions Service, details of which are available on the Enfield Council’s website.  Parents will need to obtain and complete an Enfield application form on which they may list up to six Enfield primary schools in order of preference.  Forms may be downloaded from the Local Authority’s website by clicking on the button below:

Applicants wishing to be considered for a place at St Paul’s School under criteria 2-8 will need to complete both an Enfield Local Authority form and a Supplementary Information Form which can be found below.  The form must be completed in full and returned to St Paul’s School together with a copy of the baptism certificate or letter of verification from the appropriate minister of religion and a copy of the confirmation or reception certificate or certified copy of an entry in the confirmation register.

Admission to reception classes

The Enfield Schools Admissions Service issue an information booklet available from 1 October each year available from Enfield Civic Centre or from any Enfield primary school.  The closing date for applications is the following 15 January and late applications will not be considered until after the initial allocations have been made.

After the governors have met and decided on the 60 places to be allocated, parents will be notified at the beginning of April of the outcome of their application.  Parents of successful applicants will be asked to confirm in writing to the school business manager at the school their intention to take up the place offered. Unsuccessful applicants will remain on the reserve list until the beginning of the autumn term, when the Enfield Schools Admissions Service will ask them whether they wish to remain on the waiting list.

Pupils are admitted to the Reception classes in September at the beginning of the school year in which they will become 5 years old, initially on a part-time basis.  To facilitate their induction and the baseline assessment which takes place at this stage, they are admitted in small groups, beginning with the youngest children.  During this period the Reception teachers visit the children’s homes and meet individually with the parents of each child to help build up their knowledge of the child’s current stage of development.  The children will become full time during September.

If a parent wishes to explore the possibility of their summer born child being educated out of their normal school year (delaying the start of school for a year) they must discuss this with the head teacher before applying.

Please see below to download a copy of the Supplementary Information Form. Please note that this opens as a Word document at the bottom left of the screen.

For siblings of children who will be attending St Paul’s in September 2024 please also complete and return the Supplementary Information Form below.

Please note that, with effect from September 2021 the Supplementary Information Form has been amended and applicants are required to obtain Clergy/Faith Leader References before submitting the Form to the School, along with any supporting documentation. Applicants should ensure that the Form is completed in full and that their Clergy/Faith Leader has stamped the relevant section.

In-year admissions

In-year admissions relate to all admissions that take place outside of the normal Reception admissions process. Although the School is responsible for its own admissions including in-year admissions it does not hold a waiting list for in-year places. 

Parents/Carers interested in an in-year admission place should register their interest with the Local Authority’s Admissions team. More information can be found by clicking the link below:

Should an in-year admission place become available, the School will write to all parents/carers on the LA admissions list for that year group asking them to complete and return the In Year Supplementary Information Form, along with Clergy/Faith Leader references. Governors will consider the applications received and prioritise them in accordance with the published admissions criteria.

Admissions criteria

To download a copy of the 2024 criteria of admission for St Paul’s CE Primary School in PDF format please click the Admissions Policy 2024-25 link below.

Open mornings

We are always pleased to welcome prospective parents at St Paul’s and encourage you to visit the school prior to submitting your application.

We hold a number of open mornings throughout the year; they start at 9.30am and usually last for about an hour. They provide an opportunity for parents to meet the Head of School, gain some information about the school and see the school in action during a normal school day.

Visits can be arranged by contacting the school office on 020 8360 3137 or by emailing

Starting School – Reception September 2023

If your child was born between 1st September 2019 and 31st August 2020 you will need to apply for a Reception place for September 2024. The Information booklet from Enfield Council will be available to view online from 1st October 2023.

You will be able to access the online portal by clicking on the eAdmissions button below from September 2023 to register and complete an online application for a primary school place in Reception for September 2024. The closing date is 15th January 2024.

Parents who have applied online will be able to access the outcome of their application during the evening of 16th April 2024.


St. Paul's C of E Primary School, Ringwood Way, London N21 2RA

020 8360 3137