Admissions at Garfield

Admissions to Nursery

When applying for a Nursery place, it is necessary to apply online at  by 15th  February. Nursery children are admitted in the September following their third birthday. Our school offers morning sessions only – 3 hours a day.

Up to 30 children can be admitted to the Nursery.

Admissions to Reception

When applying for a Reception place, it is necessary to apply online at  by 15th January for admission in the Autumn Term.

Please note: there is no automatic transfer from Nursery to Reception –  even if your child attends our Nursery, you must apply for a Reception place.

Places are allocated according to the Enfield borough’s admission criteria, which are as follows:

  1. Looked after or previously looked after children.
  2. Children for whom the school is appropriate on exceptional medical grounds (such application has to be supported a written statement from a doctor).
  3. Children who already have a brother or sister at the school.
  4. Children whose parent is a member of staff who has been employed at the school for two or more years.
  5. Other children, according to the distance they live from the school (measured in a straight line).

Please note: Children who have an Education, Health and Care Plan will be offered a place at a school if it is named in their Plan in accordance with Section 37 of the Children and Families Act, 2014

We take up to 30 children in each class.

Medical criterion

If you would like your child’s application to be considered under the medical criterion, see the medical priority guidance.

Over Subscription

If classes are full, parents can appeal for their child to be admitted. (This does not apply to Nursery places; Nursery provision is non-statutory). Appeals are heard by an independent panel and their decision is binding. Further details of the appeals procedure can be obtained from the school or from the Admissions Department at the Civic Centre, should the need arise.

Deferring your child’s place

If your child was born between 1 April and 31 August and you want to defer their entry to school by a whole year, see the  summer born guidance (PDF, 273.62 KB) and complete the deferral request form (PDF, 119.33 KB). For further guidance about school admissions for children born in the summer, visit GOV.UK – Summer born children starting school: advice for parents.

In-Year Applications

If you move into Enfield and require a school place for your child or you want to request a school transfer within a borough, you need to complete an ‘in-year’ application form to apply for a place. You can find all the information you need regarding in-year admissions on

Secondary Transfer

During the first term of a child’s final year at Primary School (Year 6), their parents/carers are asked to state preferences for the Secondary School(s) they would like their child to attend through their home borough. The borough issues a booklet to give parents information and all secondary schools hold Open Evenings so that interested parents can visit before making their decisions. Neighbouring boroughs provide a similar service. Parents are not restricted to applying only to schools in Enfield and should visit all schools which they consider appropriate for their son/daughter (but please take careful note of admission criteria before applying). We also hold a meeting about secondary transfer at Garfield and staff will offer any assistance they can to support parents/carers. The applications have to be done online at online at  by 31st October.

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