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Applying to start primary school

Information about how to apply, deciding which schools to apply for, admissions criteria and more.
Offer day for primary schools
Find out how to accept your primary school place or how to appeal.
How to apply
Find out how to apply for a primary school place for your child.
Important dates
Important dates for the admission process for children starting primary school in September 2019.
Deciding which schools to apply for
Find out how to decide which primary schools to apply for.
Supporting evidence
See what supporting evidence you need to submit when you apply for primary school places.
Admissions criteria
Check the admissions criteria used by oversubscribed schools to decide which children are offered a place.
Last year's applications and appeals numbers
See the application and appeal numbers for 2018.
Applying after the closing date
What to do it you miss the closing date, move into the borough after the closing date or change address.
Delaying when your child starts primary school
Find out how to defer your school place or start primary school a year later.
Supplementary information forms
Check if you need to provide any additional information when you apply for primary school places.
Appeal against not getting a place
Find out how to appeal if your child isn’t offered a primary school you applied for.
The preference system
Find out how the preference system works when you are applying for a primary school place for your child.