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 2019 and 31 August 2020.

You can apply to transfer from infant to junior school (year 3) if your child was born between 1 September 2016 and 31 August 2017 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 2024

Date Event
9am Monday 4 September 2023 Primary school applications open
5pm on Monday 15 January 2024 Primary school applications close (national closing date)
Tuesday 16 April 2024 Offers sent to parents and carers (national offer date)
Tuesday 14 May 2024 Places must be accepted/refused and requests to go on a waiting list and appeals must be submitted.
Monday 10 June 2024 Re-allocation of available places begins
Tuesday 31 December 2024 Re-allocation of available places ends