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Starting junior school - age 7

Starting junior school - age 7

Applying for a school place

If your child attends an infant school you will need to apply for a school place at a junior or primary school for year 3.

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

You can apply for a junior school place on the Citizen Portal from 13 November 2017.

Parents guide

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

When you make an application to us you can list up to 4 schools, in order of preference. You can list both junior and primary schools as your preferences 

  • Every infant school has a junior school which it's linked to. This school is given the highest priority and we recommend you include this as one of your choices.
  • It's important to remember that if your child attends an infant school, there is no automatic transfer to the linked junior school - you still need to apply.
  • Every address in the borough has a designated area. Each designated are has at least one school which is given a high priority for admissions. 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 see a list of state schools in the parent's guide to starting junior school (PDF document).
  • You can list any junior 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 2018 - 2019 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

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.

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.

Go to the accept a junior school page.


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.

Moving to a primary school

If you would like your child to move to a primary school, this will be considered after May half term 2018. 

If you listed a junior school as a preference, we will usually offer you a place if there's one available. It's recommended you accept the place as it will guarantee your child a place for year 3. 

If we can then offer you a place at your preferred primary school after May half term, you can accept that instead.

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 directory.

You can also use a childminder. You can use our 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

Junior school places are allocated taking into account:

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

You can see how school places were allocations as at 18 April 2017 by looking at the documents below:

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