The Elms Academy admits up to 135 students to Year 7 each September.  Admissions will be coordinated through the Pan London Coordinated Admissions Scheme and its timetable. Applications should be submitted on the Common Application Form to the local authority responsible for the parental address. 

The admission of students with an Educational Health Care Plan is conducted through a separate process. Parents of these students should contact their home Local Authority’s SEND.

Over-subscription criteria

If there are more applicants than the number of places available the following over-subscription criteria will be applied. 

  • Children in Public Care (Looked After Children)
  • Siblings of students currently attending the academy and who will continue to do so on the date of admission. The term “sibling” means a full, step, half, adopted or fostered brother or sister, but not cousins. The academy reserves the right to ask for proof of relationship.
  • Nearest straight-line distance to the academy.  

Late applications will not be considered until after National Offer Day. Applicants will then be placed on the waiting list in a position determined by the application of our over-subscription criteria.

Waiting lists

Subject to any provisions regarding waiting lists in the local authorities’ co-ordinated admission scheme, we will operate a waiting list following National Offer Day in March. This will be maintained by the academy and it will be open to any parent to ask for his or her child’s name to be placed on the waiting list, following an unsuccessful application.

Secondary Transfer applications - How to apply

Applications must be made using the Common Application Form from your home local authority by the deadline of the year before your child starts school. 

Further enquiries

Please contact our Admissions Officer, Miss Samantha Bradley on 0207 819 4718 or email 

Admissions Policy
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In Year Transfer Application Form
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I love the fact that whilst The Elms Academy encourages independence, it's also very communicative with parents and keeps us in the loop constantly academically as well as up to date on social events etc. They are also very good with praise as well as discipline which I support 100%. Very happy with the school as a whole.”

Y7 parent (Parent Survey 2024)