Soho Parish Primary

Soho Parish Primary


We are a Church of England school and our values are firmly rooted in Christian principles, however we warmly welcome all children, regardless of religious background, as long as their parents are in sympathy with our ethos. 

We serve our local community and do not have any faith criteria for entry. This means there is no supplementary form to fill in.

Although most of our families live locally, we do have parents who work in the area who bring in their children and, subject to our admissions policy, we welcome all children regardless of where they live.

We do not have a Nursery, so children are admitted from Reception class (age 4+) upwards.


We strongly recommend that you visit our school before applying. See our FAQS for common questions.  Please either scroll down or click from the menu below to jump to the relevant section:

- Criteria for entry (applies to all categories)

- Applying for a place in Reception class 2018

- Applying for any other year group



If there are more applications than places, places will be allocated in order of priority as follows:

  1. Looked After Children, and previously Looked After Children who ceased to be so because they were adopted or became subject to a residence order or special guardianship order.
  2. Siblings of children who will be attending the school when the applicant starts.  A sibling is defined as a brother or sister, half brother or sister, or step brother or sister whose main residence is at the same address.
  3. Other children.

If we need to decide priority between applicants within a category, distance from school (measured by a straight line) will be the deciding factor.  



Children are eligible to start school in Reception class in the 2019-20 academic year if they turn 5 years old within the dates 1st September 2019 and 31st August 2020 inclusive.

If your child is born between 1 September 2014 and 31 August 2015 you will need to apply for a primary school place by 15 January 2019.  Your child will be due to start the reception class from September 2019.

To apply, you will need to go through the Pan London eAdmissions system, which will open on 1 September for online applications, and is the recommended way to apply.

For Reception places, you should apply through your home borough (ie your borough of residence)

The closing date for applications is 15 January 2019 and the national offer day is 16 April 2019.

For our full policy for children starting in Reception in the 2019-20 academic year, please click on this link: 

Click here for our Admissions policy 2019-20.



If you want to start your child in another Year group (or in Reception mid-year), we recommend you contact the school directly in the first instance to find out if we have any available places. You will normally need a UK address to apply.

In-Year applications should be made through the Westminster applications process (regardless of where you live).

If we are unable to offer you a place straight-away we will place you on our Waiting List.



Q: I really love your school but I live quite far away. Do I stand a chance of a place ?

A: Although we are typically over-subscribed, like most inner-London schools we often experience some movement of families between offer day in April and the start of the academic year in Sep. For example a family might accept a place but then move abroad. In these circumstances, once we become aware of the vacancy we will then offer the place to the next child on the waiting list. In a previous year that has meant that someone who was #70 on the list eventually got offered a place, although we cannot guarantee that happening again.


Q: What's your catchment area ?

A: We offer places strictly on distance (after siblings), so there is no catchment area - it depends on who applies in a particular year and how many siblings apply. We have families that live within 10m as well as those who commute in considerable distances (eg Willesden Green, Croydon, Greenwich!).


Q: Do you have a waiting list ?

Yes. If you are not offered a place initially, we will ask if you wish to be placed on our Waiting List. We will keep you on this list for as long as you wish. When a place becomes available we contact families on our waiting list in priority order to ask if they wish to take up the place at that point.


Q: What if I don't get offered a place but still want your school ? Will I be penalised if I accept a different school place in the meantime ?

No. In fact, we strongly recommend you accept the school place that you are offered by the council. Accepting a place at another school does not prevent you from staying on our waiting list. Should a place with us become available for you later on, we will contact you at that point to see if you wish to accept it. If you do and your child has already started somewhere else, you are entitled to move them from that school to us.