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 2018 and 31 August 2019.

You can apply to transfer from infant to junior school (year 3) if your child was born between 1 September 2015 and 31 August 2016 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 2023

Date Event
Monday 5 September 2022 Primary school applications open
5pm on Sunday 15 January 2023 Primary school applications close (national closing date)
Monday 17 April 2023 Offers sent to parents and carers (national offer date)
Friday 12 May 2023 Places must be accepted/refused and requests to go on a waiting list and appeals must be submitted.
Monday 5 June 2023 Re-allocation of available places begins
Friday 29 December 2023 Re-allocation of available places ends