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Primary school places and admissions

Before making your application

Before you make an application for a primary, infant or junior school place for September 2021, you should be aware of the following information:

  • You must make your application to your home local authority. If you're not completely sure you live in Swindon borough, you can check which council area you live in.
  • Everyone has to apply. You still need to make an application for a place at a primary or infant school if:
    • your child already attends a nursery, or
    • you already have another child at the school
  • You need to apply for a transfer to a junior school if your child currently attends an infant school and is in Year 2. Your child doesn't automatically qualify for a place if they attend the related infant school.
  • You can apply for places in three named schools. You provide these in order of preference. The schools can be within, or outside, Swindon borough. We encourage applicants to use all three preferences, as this maximises their chances of being allocated one of their preferred schools.

Delayed admission

A parent of a child born between 1 April and 31 August, defined as "summer born", may request for the child to be admitted to a year group later than that of their natural cohort. The admission authority takes individual circumstances into consideration. You can find out more in the document below:

You apply in the normal way and at the same time complete an additional application form, which you can download below: 

How applications are considered

The offer of a preferred school place depends on the number of applications received and the number of places available.

Priority for places will be determined by the individual school’s admission criteria. You can read full admissions policies and supplementary information forms for each school on the school admission arrangements webpage.

Primary school admissions guide

You should read the primary school admissions guide before you make your application. This document contains important information about how your application will be considered:

Here are some key points:

  • Applications are not dealt with on a first-come-first-served basis. If your application is received anytime before the deadline on 15 January 2021, it will be treated exactly the same way as all other "on-time" applications. 
  • If you apply after this date, the application will be considered a late application, and therefore considered after all on-time applications have been considered and allocated. We encourage you to apply on time to maximise your chances of being allocated a preferred school.
  • We can never guarantee that a place will be offered at one of your preferred schools.
  • Each preference you request will be considered equally against the oversubscription criteria for the school. Where we are able to offer a place at more than one school, we will offer a place at the one you have prioritised higher.
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