Starting primary school (reception)

Information for parents about applying for reception places for September 2024.

9. Infant class sizes

An infant class should have no more than 30 pupils per single qualified teacher for all ordinary teaching sessions.

This applies to Reception, Year 1 and Year 2 classes. 

There are some, very limited, exceptions for in-year admissions, but the class size limit applies to all community, voluntary controlled, voluntary aided and foundation primary schools, academies and free schools.

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The deadline to apply for a primary school place for September 2024 is 15 January 2024. Any applications received after the deadline will be classed as late.