Starting school or moving up to Junior school

2. How to decide which schools to apply for

It is essential that you make your application correctly, and on time, as this can significantly affect your chances of being offered a place at the school you are interested in. Check our timeline to get all the important dates for your diary.

  • Find the schools near you            

Use our ‘Find your child a school place’ service to find information about the schools you are interested in including catchment areas, OFSTED report, admission number, and the admission rules used for entry in the previous year.

  • Visit the schools you are interested in

Schools have Open Events to give you the chance to look around and learn more about them. It is best to visit a number of schools, including your nearest/catchment schools. Even if you are not sure if a school might be right for your child, it is helpful to learn more about the school and to visit it in person.

Use our school directory to find out when their next open event is.

  • Think about how to get to school 

Think about how your child will get to school each day. Make sure you read and understand the School Transport rules. You can check whether you are eligible for free school transport. If being able to walk to school is important to you, ask whether the school has a School Travel Plan.

  • Decide on your preferences

You cannot choose a school for your child, but you can make preferences. You can put up to four schools on your application. Make sure you understand how we allocate school places.

  • Apply for a place

Make and submit your primary school application by 3pm on 16 January 2017 at the very latest. At the same time, send us evidence of where you live.

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Last updated: 14 March 2017

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