Apply for a primary school place

Coronavirus - disruption to services

There may be unavoidable delays to progressing and hearing school admissions appeals this year. We are monitoring government guidance and considering the possible impact of the coronavirus on school admissions appeals.

2. When to apply

The deadline for applications to primary schools was 15 January 2020. If you've missed the deadline fill in a late application as soon as possible.

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 2015 - 31 Aug 2016 Sep 2020 Sep 2019 - Jan 2020
1 Sep 2016 - 31 Aug 2017 Sep 2021 Sep 2020 - Jan 2021
1 Sep 2017 - 31 Aug 2018 Sep 2022 Sep 2021 - Jan 2022
1 Sep 2018 - 31 Aug 2019 Sep 2023 Sep 2022 - Jan 2023

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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