Starting school for the first time (4+)

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 up to three different schools on your application form. Listing more than one 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 what isn’t taken into account.

Apply for a school place

Important dates for September 2018

  • Apply online from 12 September 2017
  • Closing date for applications: 15 January 2018
  • Allocation decisions sent on (offer date): 16 April 2018
  • Appeal hearings: June and July 2018
  • Induction days: summer term 2018

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.