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All admissions to our school are managed by the London Borough of Barking and Dagenham Admissions Team.

The links below will take you to their website where you will find more information.


The recommended maximum number of full time children (boys and girls) that can be accommodated in the school is 360.  These are divided into twelve classes, four classes per year. 

We try to ensure that there are no more than 30 in each class, unless we lose appeals.


We also have a Nursery where 104 children attend part-time; either morning or afternoon.  (Attendance at nursery does not guarantee a place in main school).


  • For admission to Reception, Year 1 and Year 2, you will need to apply to the School Admissions Team directly. ​
    • They are located at the Town Hall, Barking, IG11 7LU.
    • You can contact them by telephone on 0208 215 3004;
    • Email -
    • or visit the website -   (you can click on the link above)

​From there you will need to complete an 'In-Year Common Application Form'.

  • For admission to Nursery, all you have to do is collect an Admissions form from the school office or download it from the link above and then simply return it to the office. You will be contacted by the school around 6 months before your child is due to start and will be invited in to meetings where you can find out more about the nursery and complete a 'new starter pack'.


30 Hour Funding

All 3 and 4 year old children are entitled to 15 hours free childcare per week but since September 2017 some children may be entitled to 30 hours free childcare which we can offer here at our nursery.

You can apply for 30 hours funding at the following website:-



Children are admitted to school in the September of the year in which they will reach their fifth birthday.  This ensures all children have approximately three years in the Infant School.


We are aware of how enormous a step starting school is in a small child’s life and we will do our best to make the transition from home or nursery as smooth and as gentle as possible. 


Children are admitted according to the LA set criteria as found in the booklet “Starting School”.  Copies can be obtained in the school office or from the One Stop Shop on 020 8724 8710.


Before your child is admitted to school we need to see the child’s birth certificate and official proof of residency, eg. mortgage agreement/council tax or utility bill.  We will also need the name and telephone number of someone who we can contact in an emergency.  If your child is sick or has an accident we may need to contact you immediately.  It is your responsibility to keep your details up to date.


Basic information is kept on the computer and can be viewed at a mutually convenient time as can other records kept on your child.


            School hours                                 


            8.50am – 9.00am (Years 1 and 2)


            8.50am – 9.00am (Reception)


            12.00pm – 1.00pm (Reception lunch time)   11.30 am- 12.30 pm first half term


12.25pm - 1.25pm Lunch time (Years 1 & 2)


            1.25pm – 3.05pm (Years 1 and 2)


            1.00pm – 3.00pm (Reception)                


*There are 21 teaching hours per week.


School Transfer

If you wish to transfer your child to or from another school within this authority, please ask in the office for a transfer form and details or go the One Stop Shop.


Arrangements for prospective parents to visit the school

If you are interested in your child attending Dorothy Barley Infants, an induction visit and meeting will be arranged.  Staff will be happy to show you round at this meeting and answer any queries you may have.  Please telephone or call to make an appointment.



Where we are located

The main school entrance for Dorothy Barley Infant School is located in Davington Road, although between the hours of 9.05am and 3.00pm these gates will be locked in the interest of Health and Safety of the children.  This gate does have an intercom system so please use the buzzer. During these times the gate located in Hedingham Road may also be locked. If you still have problems gaining entry phone the school office and they will help.


Bus routes

Bus route numbers 5, 368 and 62 stop in the local area.  Becontree is the nearest tube station and Barking is the closest main line station


General Enquiries

Enquiries about the general organisation of the school, dinner monies, school uniform etc can be made in the office.


Transfer to the Junior School

Children transfer to the Junior School in the September following their seventh birthday.  Transfer to the Junior school is automatic, unless you would like them to attend a different Junior school then you will need to fill in an application form that will be sent via the One Stop Shop in the Autumn Term.  The Junior School holds a Parents Evening for new parents.  Both the Infant and Junior schools have a member of staff who is responsible for infant/junior liaison in order to provide continuity in both education and pastoral care of all children.

School Admission Appeals

You have a right to appeal to an independent appeal panel if we do not offer your child a place at the Barking and Dagenham schools on your application form which are listed as a higher preference than the one we offered you. Full information about our appeals process is listed in LBBD  admission booklets.


Please see LBBD information: