Watling Park School is a two-form entry school with an admission limit of 60 pupils per year group. Applications for places at our school are administered by the London Borough of Barnet, and therefore our admissions process follows their guidelines, which are available on the Barnet Council website.

Parents and carers must apply via the Barnet Council website, even if you have siblings currently enrolled at our school. Parents and carers who live outside of Barnet Council must apply for schools in Barnet through their home local authority (council); any offer of a place in a Barnet school will be made to the parent or carer’s home local authority (council).

Every year, the closing date for reception class applications falls on 15 January, and notification letters or emails are sent out the following April communicating the result of the process.


To appeal a decision for a place at Watling Park School, you must complete this Appeal Form. The form must be sent to the address below no later than 20 days after the date of the decision against which you wish to appeal:

Clerk to the Appeal Panel
Watling Park School
Pavilion Way
Burnt Oak

After you appealed:
1. You will be told 10 school days in advance where and when your appeal is to be heard.
2. You will be invited to attend the hearing and, you may be accompanied by a friend or be
represented. If you cannot attend the appeal your written appeal will be heard in your absence.
3. 5 days before the hearing you will be sent a written summary of the School’s case and the reasons
for the decision against which you are appealing.
4. The proceedings, which will be as informal as possible, will normally be as follows:
(i) case for the school;
(ii) questioning by the parent and panel;
(iii) the case for the parent;
(iv) questioning by School and panel;
(v) reply and summing up by School;
(vi) summing up by the parent.

Children are eligible for Reception in the September of the school year in which they become 5 years old (1 Sept – 31 Aug). In September, the Reception children will have a slightly staggered start to Watling Park School. Families will be expected to meet with the class teacher for an ‘All About Me’ meeting to enable a smooth transition for the children to school.

Prospective parents who have moved into the area are invited to make direct contact with the school to arrange a visit and find out more about us. If parents wish to apply for a place they must contact Barnet Council to apply directly though them.

Please click on the links below for a copy of our Admission Policy: