Starting primary school (reception)
Information for parents about applying for reception places for September 2024.
- Transferring from nursery to school
- Transferring from infant to junior school
- Transferring to another primary school
- Transferring to secondary school
- Applications from abroad
- Free home to school transport
- Appeals and waiting lists
- Advice and support
- Getting ready to start school @(listOrdered ? "ol" : "ul")>
1. Important dates
The arrangements for the admission of pupils to primary schools in September 2024 will, as far as possible, conform to the following timetable.
1 September 2023 - Apply from this date
School places are not allocated on a first come, first served basis. All applications received up to the closing date are given equal priority, but if you miss the deadline, a late application may reduce your chance of getting your preference of school.
15 January 2024 - National closing date for primary applications (statutory).
During this period all applications are processed and all preferences are considered against the published admissions policy. Where there are more applications than places available, decisions are made as to which children should be offered the available places. We will liaise and exchange information with all other admission authorities including neighbouring local authorities. The allocation and offer of a primary school place is finalised.
16 April 2024 - Offers issued to parents
(The national offer date is 16 April, if this date falls on a weekend or a bank holiday, offers are sent the next working day.)
If you are not happy with an initial offer, the appeals period starts from your receipt of the offer. Appeal information will be issued later as this allows some time for reserve lists to operate.
Appeals which we receive after the deadline will be slotted into the schedule where possible. We cannot guarantee this however, and late appeals may have to be heard after the agreed date at a second round of hearings. The schedule is subject to change depending upon the availability of appeal panel members, clerks, venue, etc.
Apply online for a school place
Applications for school places for September 2024 open on 1 September 2023.
The deadline to apply for a primary school place for September 2024 is 15 January 2024.