Starting school for the first time (4+)


We are now only allowing applications for school places in September. We will be asking schools to respond to these between 20–30 June. If you have moved and you require a school place sooner, please apply for the year group the child will be moving to in September and contact your preferred school(s) directly to discuss if they are able to offer you a place now.

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 2018
  • Closing date for applications: 15 January 2019
  • Allocation decisions sent on (offer date): 16 April 2019
  • Appeal hearings: June and July 2019
  • Induction days: summer term 2019

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.