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Apply for a primary school place

When to apply
How to make a late application:

1. Pick your school preferences
2. Read the information for parents
3. Fill in the application form

Supplementary information forms (SIF)
Sending supporting information
Applying to independent schools
Children with special educational needs
How to check or change your application
When you'll find out
Summer-born children deferring or delaying school entry

When to apply

Children can start school from the September after their fourth birthday. Find out when your child can start school and when to apply.

You need to apply for a place at a primary school, even if it’s linked to your child’s nursery, or your child's brother or sister is already at the school.

The admissions system for children starting school in September 2017 closed on 15 January 2017.

If you've missed this deadline fill in the late application form as soon as possible. We prioritise applications received on time and a late application may reduce your chance of getting your preference of school.

How to make a late application

If you live in Lancashire please follow the application process below, even if any of your preferred schools are outside Lancashire.

1. Pick your school preferences.

Before you apply, research the schools in your area. You could contact schools, read the school's most recent Ofsted reports or check school league tables.

You need to list three different schools - your first, second and third school preferences. Think carefully about your preferences, if you need advice, contact your local area education office.

It is always best to include a school near to where you live as one of your preferred options. Demand for school places is high, in some areas greater than others, and this helps towards you being offered a local school.

Your nearest school for admission purposes is measured by a straight line. But, for help with travel costs, the nearest school is measured by walking distance.  If travel cost is an important factor in your school preference or you are in any doubt over the distance between your home and a school please check with the area education office.

2. Read the information for parents

Find out more details about the admission criteria and process in the following document:

You also need to read the admissions policy booklet relevant to your area:

If you would like more detail, you can read the full admission policies.

3. Fill in the late application form

If you have already applied please don't use this form to make changes to your application. Please contact your area education office if you need to alter an application you've already done. 

Apply for a primary school place

You will need to have the following handy:

  • Your name, address, telephone number and a valid email address
  • The first name, last name and date of birth of the child.
  • The child's NHS (National Health Service) number, available from their medical card
  • The child's current nursery (if relevant)
  • The name of the district council that the child lives in
  • The child's permanent address (if different from the parent/guardian applying)
  • The names of your preferred three primary schools
  • Details of brothers or sisters that are attending one or more of the schools you are applying to
  • If the child receives care, you need the name of the Local Care Authority that is responsible for this care

Supplementary information forms (SIF)

Some schools, such as voluntary aided (church), foundation primary schools and academies and free schools may require you to complete a Supplementary Information Form (SIF). If you are unsure, please contact the school directly. You can download and print the SIFs here:

Please forward any Supplementary Information Forms direct to the relevant school. If you select three voluntary aided (church) schools or academies, please complete three separate SIFs, one for each school.

Sending supporting information

If you have indicated on the application form that you will be sending supporting information (from your doctor or health visitor for example) please send it to your local area education office as soon as possible.

Please ensure that you include a covering note giving details of your child's name, address, and date of birth.

Applying to independent schools

Apply directly to the school itself if any of your preferences are independent (fee paying) schools.

Children with special educational needs

If you want to apply for a special school place for your child the process is different. Your child should have an education, health, and care plan (or statement of special educational needs). This names the school which will meet their needs best.

If you've got any questions or need any more information you can take a look at our local offer. You can also contact the Information, Advice and Support Service on 0300 123 6706 or email

How to check or change your application

You can log back in to your application form to check the information you've given, however, you cannot change your application online now the deadline has passed.

You'll need to use the same email address that you used previously. If you have completed your form fully it will show as complete. Click on your child's name to check the information in your application.

This is not available for late applications.

Change your application

Usually you cannot change your preferences after the closing date. In limited and exceptional cases, and where there have been substantial changes to your circumstances, we will consider requests for changes.

Change of address

If you have moved house permanently since you submitted your application, please write to your area education office providing proof of your change of address. The place at a school will be allocated based on the new address and you would be able to change your preferences if you are moving further away.

When you'll find out

School places for September 2017 admissions will be announced for primary schools on 16 April 2017.

Find out how we announce school offers and what happens next.

Due to the number of applications we receive, we can't provide updates on your application between the closing date and your official offer. Don't worry though, if there is a problem with your application we will contact you.

Late applications

If you apply late (15 January 2017) you'll receive your offer by post after the official offer date. If you have not received your offer letter by Friday 21 April please contact the Area Education Office.


If you are unhappy with the outcome of your application you can find out about the appeals process.

Summer-born deferring or delaying school entry

Please read the following document if you are considering requesting a deferment:


If you need more information or help completing the late application form you can contact the admissions team at your area education office.

For independent advice about school admissions visit the ACE Education Advice website.