Starting school or moving up to Junior school

1. Primary timeline

Use this timeline to give you all the important dates for your diary. 


September - November 2016 – Visit the schools

It's important you find out about the schools you are interested in before you decide to put them on your application. You can name up to 4 schools when you apply.

Find my child a school place

Use our school directory to find out when their next open event is. This is the easiest way to see a school first hand. You may need to make an appointment.

7 November – Applications open

Primary school applications open.

This application usually takes about 20 minutes to complete.

Make a primary school application


16 January - Closing date

You must submit your application by 3pm to be considered an on time application. 

30 January - Closing date for application after moving house

This is the latest date you can submit your application with evidence that you are already living at your new address.

February – April – Preferences allocation

Your preferences are combined with applications from out of the county and are ordered according to the admissions rules of each school.

When we are making decisions, we don’t take into account the order that you have put the schools in on your application; we will just list all children according to the admission rules for each school.

If we can offer your child more than one school, we will always offer your child a place at the school you have put higher on your application.

18 April - Offer of a school place sent to parents.

If you applied online we will email you after 11am to tell you which school place you have been offered.

You can log in from 5pm to view your offer. If you need to reset your password you must use the email address you registered with.

If you applied by post we sent your offer by first class post.

  • What to do after you get your offer

2 May – Confirmation of offer

You must confirm that you accept the school place we have offered you.

  • What to do if you are unhappy with your offer or were not offered any school place

 4 July – School induction days

Many children attend an Induction Day at their new school.

September 2017 – Start of new school year

The new school year starts and children attend their new school.

Term dates in Buckinghamshire

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Last updated: 16 January 2017