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 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

Open days

View schools and meet staff at an open day. Find details on the school websites.

Our school search shows your local schools and links to their websites.

Flexible options and summer-born children

By law, the latest your child can start school (that is, 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.