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Starting infant or primary school - ages 4 - 5

Starting infant or primary school - ages 4 to 5

Applying for an infant or primary school place for September 2022

You can apply for an infant or primary school place from 13 November 2021 on the Citizen Portal.

You need to apply by 15 January 2022.

Return  the completed form to schooladmissions@wokingham.gov.uk.

Make sure you include your child’s initials and date of birth in the email, along with a brief explanation of why the application is late (if relevant).

Parents' guide

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

Links to all Wokingham Borough State Primary and Infant Schools can be found in the 'Admission policies and arrangements' section below 

  • When you make an application 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
  • 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 is not 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 2022 to 2023 web page to find out more, or additional information can be found in our parents guide.

If a school doesn't have enough places for everyone who applies, the admission rules for that school will be used to decide who will get a place (over subscription policy).

Schools that use our admissions policy

The following schools follow the Wokingham Borough Council Admission Arrangements:

Schools that decide their own admissions arrangements

The following schools use their own admissions policies and apply their own over subscription criteria. Click on the school to be directed to the schools 2022/2023 admissions policies. 


Schools performance

You can find out how each school is performing on Compare Wokingham Schools web page.

If you applied online on the Citizen's Portal

We can't give out information about which school you've been allocated over the phone.

On 19 April 2022 you'll be able to see which school place you've been offered by logging into the online school admissions website.

Emails will be sent out on 19 April 2022. 

If you opted not to receive an email, a letter will be posted to you on 19 April 2022.

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 19 April 2022.

Accepting the place

Go to the accept or decline a school place web page to accept or decline the place you've been offered. 

You'll need to accept or decline by 4 May 2022. 

If you are not happy with the place offered, we recommend that you accept the place and remain on the waiting list for higher preferred schools - doing so does not change your chance of gaining a place and you still have the right of appeal. Any requests for changes have to be made in writing.

Waiting lists

If you're not offered the school you listed as your first preference you'll automatically be added to the waiting list for any schools you listed as a higher preference.

If we can offer you a place from the waiting list at a school you listed as a higher preference we'll allocate this school to you. 

We'll remove the place we originally offered you.

We won't contact you in advance of doing this.

Waiting list information isn't available until after 4 May 2022.


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 2022.

Go to the school appeals page to find out more.

8When 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 from September 2022 or at different times of year, depending on when they were born. 

If your child is born between 1 September and 31 December 2017 your child can start in:

  • January 2023

If your child is born between 1 Jan 2018 and 31 March 2018 your child can start in:

  • January 2023
  • April 2023

If you child is born between 1 April 2018 and 31 August 2018. Your child can start in:

  • January 2023
  • April 2023
  • September 2023

If you decide to defer the place until September 2023. You'll 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 2021: Online admissions open
  • 15 January 2022: Deadline for applications and supporting information
  • 16 April 2022: Offer day, letters posted first class, results can be viewed if applied online
  • 4 May 2022: Deadline to accept offer of school place and waiting list information available
  • 18 May 2022: 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 details of how school places were allocated, below:

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