Apply for a primary school place

2. When to apply

Applications are now open. The deadline for applications to primary schools is 15 January 2018.

Children can start reception year at primary school from the September after their fourth birthday. However, by law children don't have to start school until the beginning of the term after their fifth birthday.
 
These are the dates that children would usually start school and when to apply for a school place:

Child born between Starts primary school Apply between
1 Sep 2013 - 31 Aug 2014 Sep 2018 Sep 2017 - Jan 2018
1 Sep 2014 - 31 Aug 2015 Sep 2019 Sep 2018 - Jan 2019
1 Sep 2015 - 31 Aug 2016 Sep 2020 Sep 2019 - Jan 2020
1 Sep 2016 - 31 Aug 2017 Sep 2021 Sep 2020 - Jan 2021

Summer-born deferring or delaying school entry

Please read the information about summer born children if you are considering requesting a deferment.

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