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The staff, governing body and pupils of  James Cambell Primary School would like to warmly welcome you in applying for a place at our school.
Below you will find information about the admissions process for James Cambell.
We would love to welcome your child into our community!
We run regular tours for parents who are interested in choosing James Cambell for their child.
If you are interested in visiting to see the school for yourself, or you have further questions, please do not hesitate to contact us by telephoning 02082704602 or by emailing us at office@jamescambellprimary.org.uk

Is your child due to start school in September 2023?

If your child was born between 1 September 2018 and 31 August 2019, they can start school in September, and you should have applied for their place by Friday 13 January.
If you missed the memo, don’t panic, there is still time and you can apply by visiting www.lbbd.gov.uk/school-admissions.
It’s important to know that getting your child a place at school is not an automatic process, so you still have to apply, even if they are already at a school nursery or they have a brother or sister at that school.
If you need to apply, head to the school admissions page now.
You can also check out this video to help you through the process.

School admissions are managed by London Borough of Barking & Dagenham

To register your child at our school you will need to either attend the One Stop Shop at Dagenham Heathway or download a form from the LBBD website using the link below.


Parents will be informed by the local authority that their child has been allocated a place at James Cambell Primary School.

Parents will then be invited for an admissions interview to be held at the school by appointment only. The purpose of the interview is to welcome families and children to the school and to exchange important information.

Parents and children will be given a start date and given the information to purchase a school uniform. A parent pay account will be set up to enable easy payment for school dinners. The child/family will be shown around the school and where possible, see their class and teacher.

 At James Cambell School we believe that attendance and punctuality are key in ensuring children make rapid and sustained progress.

If your child is going to be absent please call school on 020 8270 4684 before 8.45 am.

When reporting a child’s absence via phone call please include:

Child’s name


Reason for absence

Please click below to view our admissions and attendance policy.

Admissions PolicyAttendance Policy

The importance of regular school attendance

Regular attendance at school is vital to help children achieve and get the best possible start in life.Children who frequently miss school often fall behind.  There is a strong link between good school attendance and achieving good results.Young people who are frequently absent from school are more likely to become involved in, or be a victim of crime and anti-social behaviour.

Your responsibilities as a parent 

All children aged between 5 and 16 are required by law to receive an education, and it is the duty of parents and carers to ensure that they are supported to do so.Children sometimes have to miss school because of illness or if they have long term medical issues.  If this is the case, parents should contact school the same day to let them know the reason that their child is not in school.

Changes to government legislation from 1 September 2013

From 1 September 2013, a change to government legislation means that schools are no longer allowed to authorise requests for children to be taken out of school for a holiday during term time.

Requests for leave can only be granted by schools if there are exceptional circumstances, and holidays are not considered exceptional.  Requests for leave must also be made to the school in advance, as the Department for Education has told schools that they cannot authorise any absences after they have been taken.

When a child has irregular school attendance, the Attendance Officers will try to make improvements by visiting the family at the home, arranging meetings, working with other agencies, making referrals to services and using legal measures. When parents fail to ensure regular school attendance of their children (unauthorised absence) the School Attendance Service can undertake legal actions.

Parents may be issued with a penalty notice if their child has irregular school attendance or unauthorised leave of absence (commonly referred to as term time holiday). A penalty notice is £60 if paid within 21 days or £120 if paid between 22 to 28 days. Non-payment will result in the parent being prosecuted in court.

Parents can also receive court summons where they will be required to attend court and explain why their child did not attend school regularly. If a parent pleads, or is found guilty, of the offence of failing to ensure regular school attendance, the court has a range of sanctions depending on the circumstances.

Parents may receive:

  • A conditional discharge
  • A fine of up to £2,500
  • A Community Order
  • A Parenting Order (parenting Orders usually lasts six months and parents are required to undertake activities such as attending parenting classes. Failure to adhere to a Parenting Order will result in further legal proceedings)
  • A curfew with electronic tag fitted
  • A prison sentence of up to three months

Please click below to view our attendance policy.