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Starting infant or primary school - ages 4 - 5

Starting infant or primary school - ages 4 to 5

Applying for a school place

Applications for starting infant and primary school aren't open at the moment. 

Applications for the 2018 to 2019 school year open on 13 November 2017.

You can register your child's details with school admissions on the Citizen Portal to receive reminder emails about when to apply for a school place.

Parents guide

Read the parent's guide to starting primary school (PDF) document). This contains all statutory information you need to know about applying for a school place.

When you make an application you can list up to 4 schools in order of preference. 

  • Every address in the borough has at least 1 designated area school. This school is given the highest priority for admissions and we recommend you include this as one of your choices.
  • You can use our schools designated areas map to find out which designated or "catchment" area you live in
  • You can view all the infant and primary state schools in the borough in our directory.
  • It's important to remember that if your child attends a nursery or foundation unit  which is part of a primary or infant school, there is no automatic transfer or guarantee you will get a place at the school
  • You can list any infant or primary state school as one of your preferences, even if it isn't in our borough. 
  • If you want to apply to a private school you will need to apply to the school directly.

Admission policies and arrangements

Every school follows a set of rules when they allocate school places known as admission arrangements.

Go to the admission arrangements 2017 - 2018 web page to find out more. 

Schools performance

You can find out how each school is performing on our schools performance webpage.

Schools in other boroughs

If you've selected a school in another borough, you should check to make sure if there are any extra forms you need to complete. You can find our neighbouring boroughs below:

If you applied online

On 16 April 2018 you'll be able to see which school place you've been offered by logging into the schools application system.

Emails will be sent out on 16 April 2018. If you opted not to receive an email, a letter will be posted to you on 16 April 2018.

If you applied using a paper form

If you applied using a paper application you'll be sent your offer letter by first class post on 16 April 2018.

Accepting the place

If you want to accept the school you've been offered, you'll need to submit a school acceptance form to us by 3 May 2018.

Appeals

If you haven't been offered the school you wanted, you can appeal the decision. Appeals have to be received by us by 18 May 2018.

Go to the school appeals page to find out more.

When you complete your acceptance form, you can choose when your child starts school full time. Your child can start: 

  • Full time at the earliest available start date
  • Part time, for example mornings only. You will need to talk to the school's headteacher about this. If your child keeps going to their pre school or nursery while they're at school part time, they'll no longer be eligible for 15 hours of free childcare per week
  • The term after your child turns 5. This is known as compulsory school age. If you choose to do this, your child can continue to go to their nursery or pre school and will still be eligible for 15 hours of free childcare per week. Waiting until compulsory school age before your child starts school is known as deferred entry.

At what time of year can my child start school? 

Your child can start school at different times of year depending on when they were born. 

If your child is born between 1 September and 31 December 2013 your child can start in:

  • January 2018

If your child is born between 1 Jan 2014 and 31 March 2014 your child can start in:

  • January 2018 
  • April 2018

If you child is born between 1 April and and 31 August 2014. Your child can start in:

  • January 2018
  • April 2018
  • September 2018

if you decide to defer the place until September 2018. You will need to submit what's known as an in-year application. This will also mean there is no guarantee there will be a place at the school you accepted

Who to talk to

It is important to understand that the decision is yours – you know your child best.

If your child already goes to a pre school or nursery, you can discuss it with setting. They will have knowledge and information about your child, including:

  • How your child has progressed with their learning and development
  • How independent your child is
  • Their friendships and relationships with other children and adults
  • How any additional needs have affected them

You can also  talk to the school your child is going to go to. They will be able to discuss what will happen when your child starts at the school. You can also ask either the school, or the nursery or pre school your child attends, to set up a meeting with you. Any other professionals who work with your child can also attend to help you make an informed decision.

Your child's learning

Every school, nursery and pre school follows the Early Years Foundation Framework. This sets principles which every setting follows to make sure your child receives quality early education and childcare no matter which setting they attend or when they start school.

You can find out what support each school provides for children with additional needs by visiting our Local Offer pages.

If you need childcare before or after school, you can find out if your school has a before and after school club in our families directory.

You can also use a childminder. You can use our families directory to find out which childminders drop off and pick up from which school.

  • 13 November 2017: Online admissions open
  • 15 January 2018: Deadline for applications and supporting information
  • 16 April 2018: Offer day, letters posted first class, results can be viewed if applied online
  • 3 May 2018: Deadline to accept offer of school place and waiting list information available
  • 18 May 2018: Closing date for receipt of appeals to be heard together.

Primary school places are allocated taking into account:

  • Published admission arrangements
  • The number of places available at each school

You can see allocations as at 18 April 2017

    
An error was made on the Summary of Allocations and History of Allocations information sheets sent out with the allocation letters.  Please note the above information is correct.

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