Starting school for the first time (4+)

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Schools in East Sussex have reopened. See Back to School – We are ready!

You need to apply for a place at the school you would like your child to attend – it doesn’t happen automatically. And if you miss the deadline you are much less likely to get the school you want:

+++ 15 October – There are currently issues amending or adding addresses on the parent portal application system. This is being investigated and will be resolved shortly. We apologise for any inconvenience.+++

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 2020
  • Closing date for applications: 15 January 2021
  • Allocation decisions sent on (offer date): 16 April 2021
  • Appeal hearings: June and July 2021
  • Induction days: summer term 2021

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.