Starting school for the first time (4+)

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The application rounds for children Starting school for the first time (4+), Moving from infant to junior school (7+) and Going up to secondary school (11+) will be available from 12 September 2019. Booklets and other relevant information will be updated at the same time.

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

You can name a maximum of three different schools. Listing more than one:
• won’t affect your first preference – we always offer the highest we can, and
• will increase your chances of an offer at a school you prefer.

Read the Admissions rules to find out what is and isn’t taken into account.

Apply for a school place

Key dates

  • Apply online from 12 September 2019
  • Closing date for applications: 15 January 2020
  • Allocation decisions sent on (offer date): 16 April 2020
  • Appeal hearings: June and July 2020
  • Induction days: summer term 2020

Flexible options and summer-born children

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 school in the Autumn term after their fourth birthday.

There are some flexible options available such as part time attendance and delayed start dates.

Read our page on Admissions for summer-born children to see full details of the options that are available to you.