Dates for applying for primary school

You can apply for your child to start school in year R (reception) if they were born between 1 September 2017 and 31 August 2018.

You can apply to transfer from infant to junior school (year 3) if your child was born between 1 September 2014 and 31 August 2015 and goes to an infant school.

If your child is in year 2 in a primary school which runs from year R to year 6, you do not need to apply for year 3. You will only need to apply if you want your child to transfer to a junior school.

If your child has an education, health and care (EHC) plan or a statement of special educational needs you will need to complete a different form. More about applying for a school place for a child with an EHC plan

Key dates for primary school admissions 2022

  • primary school application opens: 9am on Monday 6 September 2021
  • primary school application closes (national closing date): 5pm on Saturday 15 January 2022
  • offers sent to parents and carers (national offer date): 18 April 2022
  • places must be accepted or refused by Friday 13 May 2022
  • requests to go on a waiting list and appeals must be submitted by Friday 13 May 2022
  • re-allocation of empty places begins on Monday 6 June 2022
  • re-allocation of empty places ends on Friday 30 December 2022.

Child health survey

If your child is starting school this year, you are probably preparing them for the move from nursery to an infant or primary school.

There's a lot to look forward to, but you may have some questions and concerns around how your child will manage without you. For example, you may have concerns about if they will make friends and if their health will affect their attendance.

We have introduced this questionnaire about school readiness for children born between 1 September 2017 and 31 August 2018. From your responses, we will give guidance and further support if needed.

It should take about 10 to 15 minutes to complete.

Completing this questionnaire is not part of the school admission process and will not influence your child's school choice.

Complete the child health survey