National Offer Day - 18 April

If you have applied for a primary school place online we emailed your offer 11am on 18 April. You can view your offer online.

If you applied by post your offer will be sent by first class post on 18 April.

View further information on waiting lists and how we manage later allocation rounds

Starting school or moving up to Junior school

3. Types of primary schools

Primary schools in Buckinghamshire are for children aged 4 to 11, and include the following types of school: 

  • Infant schools (4 to 7 years old)
  • Junior schools (7 to 11 years old)
  • Combined schools (4 to 11 years) Some combined schools admit additional children into Year 3
  • Special schools - for children with Statements of Special Educational Needs (Education Health and Care Plans) 

Each primary school is classed as a Community, Voluntary-Controlled, Voluntary-Aided, Foundation, Free or an Academy School.

Community and Voluntary-Controlled schools are managed by the Local Authority (LA).

Voluntary-Aided schools are managed by the Church of England or Roman Catholic diocese. The governing body of the school sets and applies the admission rules and we will offer school places on behalf of the governing body.

Foundation schools the governing body sets and applies the admission rules. Places are offered on behalf of the governing body.

Free Schools are set up by local groups and have increased control of the curriculum, selection of staff and school conditions. They are funded
directly from Central Government. Free Schools are not selective and are free for children to attend. Places are offered on behalf of the trust which sets and applies the admissions rules.

Academies are independent state schools and are established by sponsors from business, faith or voluntary groups, or as a result of schools converting in line with recent Government legislation. Places are offered on behalf of the governing body or trust, which sets and applies the admission rules.

All schools have Admission Rules (criteria) which are used to decide which children should be offered places, if there are more applications than places available.

You can see which type each school is classed as, and which rules apply to each school, by using the ‘Find my child a school place’ checker. Schools do have different rules so you must check these before
making your application.

When we talk about an Admission Authority, this is who is responsible for admissions for a particular school. 

For Community or Voluntary-Controlled schools, the Admission Authority is Buckinghamshire LA. For Voluntary-Aided, Foundation schools, Academies and Free schools, this is the school itself. 

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Last updated: 14 March 2017

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