Starting school in 2018

Things to consider before applying

You must include proof of your child’s date of birth, with your application. Please send a copy of your child’s passport or short birth certificate to the School Admissions Team when you make your application.

Even if your child attends a nursery on the school site, you must still make a Starting School 2018 application to the School Admissions Team as there is no automatic transfer to Reception Year.

Having a place at the nursery or preschool does not guarantee your child a place in Reception Year.

Make sure your application reaches us by the national closing date! All applications we receive after the national closing date will be classed as late and not processed until the late allocation round, which will take place after the national offer day for on time applications. Late applications are not dealt with until after all the on time applications have been considered. Places are not reserved at schools in the on time allocation for late catchment children or any other circumstances.

Submitting a late application significantly reduces your child’s chance of an offer of a place at one of your preferred schools.

Consider other local schools for your application in case a place cannot be offered at your first preference school.

Living in the catchment area may give your child priority however it does not automatically guarantee a place at your local school.

Be realistic about the schools you are applying for.

If you have an older child at a school, but do not live within the school's catchment area, it's possible your younger child may not be offered a place at the same school.

You will find out where your child has been offered a school place on 16 April 2018 (national primary offer day) if you applied by 15 January 2018.

If a place cannot be offered at your preferred school(s), we will offer a place at a suitable school in the local area.


Find out about eligibility for free home to school transport.