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Apply for a primary school place

The information on this page provides advice on applying for a reception class place in September 2023. 

Children start reception class in September 2023 if they were born between 1 September 2018 and 31 August 2019. To apply you will need to complete an application form.

Information on how to apply for a primary school place and details of school admission arrangements for each school can be viewed in our guide to primary schools 2023-24

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Applications for an immediate primary school place

If you need an immediate primary school place for the current academic year, please complete the in-year application form.

Applications from families arriving from abroad, including the EU

In most cases, children arriving from overseas have the right to attend schools in England. It is the responsibility of parents to check whether their child has a right, under their visa entry conditions, to study at a school before submitting an application. 

View more information about applications for families arriving from abroad on the Government website

Applications for a faith school 

If you are applying to a faith school/academy, and would like to apply as a faith applicant you will need to fill in a Supplementary Information Form (SIF) and return it directly to the school before the closing date. For some schools you will also need to complete a Priest Reference form for more information see the school admission arrangements page.

Apply

To submit an application for a reception class place starting in September 2023 follow the information below:

Apply for a reception class place

Important dates

Below are some important dates for primary school applications.

Date Event
1 September 2022 Application for primary school opens
15 January 2023 Closing date for applications
19 April 2023 Receive outcome of application