Lister Community School is a mixed community school. Our school motto is Always Aiming for Excellence and we have the ambition to provide a world class international education for young people in Newham. We challenge and support our students to excel in every area and have a great track record of both achieving great academic performance, and nurturing impressive young people who are well equipped for whatever their next step might be. 

The staff, governing body and pupils of Lister Community School would welcome you applying for a place at our popular school. To do this you must follow the correct process for your child’s age as detailed below.

We are part of Newham Community Learning Trust and London Borough of Newham continues to be our admission authority and all admissions are done through them.

Determined Admissions Arrangements from September 2023/24 Entry

The governing body of Lister has formerly agreed to adopt the London Borough of Newham’s Admission Arrangements for September 2023/2024 entry. Further information regarding the determined admissions arrangements for September 2023 entry can be found here.


Determined Admissions Arrangements from September 2024/25 Entry

The governing body of Lister has formerly agreed to adopt the London Borough of Newham’s Admission Arrangements for September 2024/2025 entry. Further information regarding the determined admissions arrangements for September 2024 entry can be found here.


Joining Lister School

Year 7 Admissions for September 2023 

Key Dates

Students Starting Lister in September 2023

Please be aware of the key dates for year 6 students who have been offered a place at Lister to start in September 2023

Monday 20th March – Admissions form deadline. 

Please complete the admissions form emailed to you by the school by this date. You can also find the admissions form here. 

Saturday 29th April – Admissions interviews. 

You will need to bring documentation to the meeting so that we can photocopy them. We will need to see:

  • Your child’s birth certificate
  • You child’s passport (if they have one) 
  • Two pieces of evidence of your current address, not more than three months old.  (e.g. driving licence, council tax, utility bill, mobile phone bill, bank statement, etc)

The timings for the day will be according to your child’s current primary school so that we can manage queues. 

Please come at the specified time below:

8.30 Plaistow Primary
9.00 Cleves & Ranelagh
9.30 Curwen
10.00 Selwyn & St Stephens
10.30-11.00 Southern Road
11.30 Portway 
12.00 Upton Cross 
12.30 Shaftesbury, Park Primary, Central Park, Keir Hardy, Brampton & Grange
13.00 Ravenscroft, Kaizen, Elmhurst, Rosetta, Star & Hartley
13.30 Any other primary schools

Monday 3rd July – Parent Information Evening

Further details to follow

Tuesday 4th July – Induction day for select students 

You will be notified in advance if this involves your child

Wednesday 5th – 6th July – Induction day for all students

Further details to follow


Free School Meals
All students in Newham receive free school meals at Primary level. When your child joins secondary school, you will need to check your eligibility for this and apply if needed. This has to be completed through Newham, and is not something that we can process as a school. Please visit this website for further information on how to do this:

Year 7 Admissions for September 2024

National Closing date for on time year 7 applications is Tuesday 31 October 2023 23:59pm.

National offer date for on time year 7 applicants is Friday 1st March 2024

Parents/carers can visit our school during the open evening and morning events in the new academic year. Please check back for further information about these.

Before submitting a year 7 application we strongly recommend all families read the 2024/25 edition of the local authorities ‘Starting Secondary School’ guide and find out information about the school you are interested in. If possible look at their virtual tours. Further information on the admissions process can be found here

Students starting Year 7 in September 2024 will have the opportunity to visit Lister Community School during our induction programme which takes place in July 2024.

Pan London Co-ordinated Scheme

In London since 2004, the 33 London boroughs and some of the Home Counties operate a Pan London coordinated scheme 2022/23 (PDF). You can find the link to the Pan London Co-ordinated Scheme

For all children born between 1 September 2010 and 31 August 2011, their parents/carers must apply for a secondary class place for them to start school in the academic year September 2022/2023.

All year 7 for September 2023 applications must be made through the family’s home local authority.​ For children living in Newham, families must apply via London Borough of Newham.

Information on the year 7 application process

Parents/carers can apply for a year 7 place for September 2024 through the eAdmissions website ( from 1 September 2023.

Further details regarding the Year 7 application process can be found on the Pan London eAdmissions portal

Guidance on creating an eAdmissions account and completing the application can be found here and here

In Year Admissions into Secondary School

(also known as a mid-term and mid-phase admissions)

If you want to apply for secondary school place in Newham outside of the usual times when a child starts a new school you must make an in-year admission application. 

This application also needs to be made every term to ensure a child is added to the waiting list for the new school term.

Further information on making an in year application can be found on the website.

School Finder

We recommend you use the Newham School Finder tool to determine the location of your preferred Newham schools and calculate home to school distances.

Newham Secondary School Finder

Waiting lists

Newham waiting lists