Starting school or moving up to Junior school

11. National offer day

National Offer Day is 16 April 2019.

This is for children:

  • starting primary school
  • moving up to junior school in September 2019

Your Local Authority (LA) will let you know the school that has been offered to your child. Once you receive your offer, there are few options available to you.


Understanding your options

Please complete the answers below to see what options are available to you.

This flowchart is also available as a downloadable PDF.


What to do after you receive your offer

Sections 12 to 16 give you the information you will need when you receive your child's primary school offer.

Make sure you read them carefully as they will explain why we have made the offer we have and what you will need to do next. These sections also tell you about the timeline for accepting the place we have offered and waiting lists.

Even if you have an older child who is already at primary school, there are things that are likely to be different so it is important that you know what happens after you have received your child’s offer. It is particularly important that you understand how waiting lists work.

This section also has information about how we manage allocation rounds after 16 April 2019.

View your offer online


Things to know

Each LA will have different deadlines and things for you to do. If you don't live in Buckinghamshire, make sure you understand what your home LA needs you to do. You should also contact them if your child does not have a school place for September.

You will be able to see the allocation profile which will show you which schools had more applications than there were places available and the final admission rule under which we were able to offer places on 16 April. This information will also be available in the School Directory, under each primary schools entry

For information about other LA's you must contact them directly.


If you missed the application deadline and still need to apply for a primary school place for Reception or a Junior school place for Year 3 in September 2019, print and complete the application form and return it to us either by attaching it to our contact us form or posting it to us. Information about deadlines is available on our later allocation rounds page


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Last updated: 16 May 2019

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