Primary school places and admissions

Primary school admissions for September 2023

Most children start school at the start of the school year following their fourth birthday. They can't start school before this. Unless you decide to educate your child at home, your child must start school by the school term following their fifth birthday.

You can apply for a primary or infant school place starting September 2023 for a child born between 1 September 2018 and 31 August 2019.

You can apply for a junior school place starting September 2023 for a child born between 1 September 2015 and 31 August 2016. You need to apply for a transfer to a junior school if your child currently attends an infant school. Your child doesn't automatically qualify for a place if they attend the related infant school.

Key dates for a primary, infant or junior school application

Date Activity
1 September 2022

Main application period opens.

15 January 2023 Main application period closes.
You can make an application after this date, but it will be a late application. Late applications are not considered until all on-time applications have been considered and allocated.
10 March 2023  Deadline to submit a change of address for consideration.
17 April 2023 Offer day. You will receive your offer of a primary school place.
28 April 2023 ​Deadline day for accepting an offer.

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