What are the admissions criteria for community primary schools in Hackney?
Places will be offered to children using the admissions criteria shown below. Some places are given to children with SEN statements. The remaining places are offered in this order of priority:

  1. A looked after child or a child who was previously looked after but immediately after being looked after became subject to an adoption, residence, or special guardianship order.
  2. Children who are subject to a Child Protection Plan.*
  3. Children whose acute medical or social need justifies the allocation of a place at the particular school.**
  4. Children with a brother or sister on roll at the school in reception to year 6 at the time of the proposed admission.***
  5. Children living nearest to the main entrance of the school. These distances will be measured in a straight line using a GIS computerised batch measuring system.


We will need to get confirmation from Children Social Care for priorities 1 and 2.

Also, if we need a tie-breaker decision for priorities 1, 2 and 4, we will use distance, as measured in item 5 above. If two applicants live exactly the same distance from the school, the place will be allocated by lottery. This will be carried out by the Admissions Team in the presence of an independent witness. If a family lives on a boat, the distance will be measured from an authorised mooring point. If the family is travelling from place to place, the nearest mooring point will be used on the closing date for the receipt of applications.

* Acute Medical or Social Need
The Head of Admissions will decide on these cases. Where necessary, we will ask the Health Service for advice. The medical needs of parents do not justify a place at a particular school, but a child may have a social need because of their parent’s medical condition. We will need to see evidence in support of these cases such as supporting professional evidence (for example, a written statement from a medical consultant, senior social worker or other appropriate professional). This must clearly show why the child should be given a place at that particular school, together with an explanation of the difficulties that would be caused if the child were to attend another school. Parents are responsible for providing the evidence. Very few places are awarded under this priority. If you are not given priority, you can contact the Admissions Team to find out why.

 ** Siblings
A brother or sister must live permanently at the same address as the child for whom the application is being made. This includes a half brother or sister and a step-brother or sister who lives permanently as a family unit at the same address.

 *** Distance
When we work out distances, we use geographical information provided by the local council. If a number of addresses have the same geographical property reference (such as a block of flats), or if there are a number of applicants living the same distance away from the school, the allocation of a place will be decided by lottery. Where parental responsibilities are equally shared, we will consider the home address to be the place where the child sleeps, and spends most of their time, from Monday to Friday. Normally this will be with the parent/carer who receives Child Benefit for that child.

For more information, please visit the Learning Trust website.

Applying for a reception class place
If your child was born between 1 September 2013 and 31 August 2014, they are due to start primary school in September 2018.

The closing date for applying for your child’s primary school place is 15 January 2018 and any applications received after this date will be treated as late.

You can apply for your child’s school place online by clicking here.


In Year Admissions Year 1 to Year 6

If your child is in Year 1 to Year 6 and you would like for them to join Gainsborough School, we accept in-year admissions throughout the school year.

To apply for a place you will need to visit Learning Trust by clicking here.



We currently offer 2 and 3 year old provision in our nursery. Applications can be made directly to the school by completing the application here and returning this to the office.

The school will also need to see the following original documents:

* Proof of birth (Passport or Birth Certificate)

* Proof of address

* Child’s red book

If you are interested in applying for 15 free hours childcare for 2 year olds, please visit the learning trust website to check your eligibility and make an application online. 

If you are interested in applying for the 30 free hours childcare for 3 and 4 year olds, please visit where you can check your eligibility and make an application online.