Vivienne Durham: Start approaching schools in your neighbourhood as soon as you know the area
First and foremost, please do not let anxiety overwhelm you. You have done exactly the right thing in registering your daughter for a school in Pinner and your daughter is likely to thoroughly enjoy her first experience of school in September. It’s an exciting and emotional rite of passage for a child – and her parents.
You will need confirmed proof of your next address and a re-location date, before a new state primary school can take your application forward. Of course, if you are applying to an independent school then you can apply without an address in the local area.
If you are looking for a state school then start approaching schools in your new neighbourhood as soon as you know the area of your new house. Do speak to the Admissions Registrars in your preferred schools; they will give you accurate advice on their school’s admissions criteria, including the catchment area. It is always valuable for a young child to live fairly close to his or her school.