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Starting primary school (reception)

Information for parents about applying for reception places for September 2023.

1. Important dates

The arrangements for the admission of pupils to primary schools in September 2023 will, as far as possible, conform to the following timetable.

1 September 2022 - 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 2023 - 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.

17 April 2023 - 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.)

28 April 2023 - Deadline for requesting:

Week commencing 1 May 2023 - Distribute appeal forms to parents

12 May 2023 - Appeal deadline for community and voluntary controlled schools**

1st round of hearings.

For voluntary aided, foundation, free and academy schools, please check with the school directly for their deadline date.

By 7 July 2023
Appeals for community and voluntary controlled schools submitted by the deadline heard by an independent appeal panel

* 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.

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Apply online for a school place

Applications for school places for September 2023 open on 1 September.

Apply online from 1 September

The deadline to apply for a reception place is 15 January.