Starting school for the first time (4+)


Please note: for children who will transfer in September 2018 from Infant to Junior School or Primary to Secondary, or those who will be starting school for the first time – the application window will be open in mid September 2017.     

You will need to apply for a place at the school you would like your child to attend – it doesn’t happen automatically.

You should list at least three different schools on your application in case your first preference is over-subscribed and can’t be offered. Listing three different preferences will not affect your first preference and increases your chances of being allocated a place at a school you’ll be happy with.

Please read the Admissions rules – how school places are decided in East Sussex to find out what is and isn’t taken into account when places are allocated, including brothers and sisters and the importance of where you and your child live.

Apply for a school place

By law, the latest your child can start school (ie their compulsory school age) is at the start of the term which follows their fifth birthday.

In general, children start infant / primary school in the Autumn term after their fourth birthday.

You can defer entry until later in the school year but not beyond their compulsory school age and not beyond 16th April 2018.

Before their compulsory school age, there are some options available, including attending school part-time – see page 5 of the Apply for a school booklet

Important dates for September 2017

  • Admissions information available: September 2016
  • Closing date for applications: 15 January 2017
  • Allocation decisions sent on (offer date): 18 April 2017
  • Appeal hearings: June and July 2017
  • Induction days: summer term 2017

Summer-born children

If your child was born between 1 April and 31 August, they don’t have to start school until a full year after they could have started. If you defer their start date, then, when they do start school, they will normally join Year 1 but you can request that they start in Reception year. See page 5 of the Apply for a school booklet for guidance.