Last updated:
11 October 2017

Primary, infant and junior school places

Apply to start in the reception year at a primary or infant school, or in Year 3 at a junior school, in September 2018.

1 Before you apply

This information only applies if you want to apply for September 2018 for:

  • your child to start primary or infant school (reception year)
  • your child to start year 3 at junior school as they are in year 2 at infant school (or year 2 at primary school and you want them to move to start year 3 at junior school).

If your child needs a school place in a different year group or at another point in the year, you need to apply to move schools.

Before applying for your child's school place, you must read the Information for parents booklet for your area which gives you all the information you need about the application and allocation process.

If you are unsure if you live in the northern or southern area of the county you can use the admissions map to check.

You can find out about a school by:

It is the responsibility of parents or carers to apply for a school place. You do not need to have a letter from the County Council.

2 Find your catchment area school

Use our map to find your catchment school.

Find your catchment area school

If you want your child to be considered for a place at their catchment school you must include this as one of the 3 preferences on your application.

3 Apply for a place

You can now apply if your child is due to start school or transfer to junior school in September 2018. The deadline for applications is Monday 15 January 2018.

Apply to start school or transfer to junior school (external link)

Important things to remember when applying

  • You can apply for up to 3 different schools. You must rank the schools in order of preference. The first school should be the one you would most like your child to go to.
  • We advise that you use all 3 preferences and enter your catchment school as one of your preferences.
  • If you apply after the closing date you are far less likely to get a place at one of your preferred schools. 
  • If you are moving house during the application process please read the Information for Parents booklet for advice. 
  • Once you have submitted your online application you will receive an automatic email acknowledgement. 

Unable to apply online?

If you do not have access to the internet, you can still apply online using a computer in your local library for free.

If you are unable to apply online you can request a form:

  • Phone 033 301 42903

If you choose to apply by post it is your responsibility to make sure it is submitted before the application deadline.

Forms need to be sent by recorded delivery. We are not responsible for forms lost in the post and no missing forms can be investigated without evidence. We will not acknowledge that we have received your form.

4 Applying after the closing date

Applications close on Monday 15 January 2018. Information about applying will be available here after that date.

5 Offer dates

If you apply online we will email you on Monday 16 April 2018. Emails will be sent throughout the day so we can't give you an exact time.

If you apply by post we will send your offer by second class post on Monday 16 April 2018.

We are unable to give out information over the phone.

If you have not heard from us, contact Pupil Admissions.

What happens next

If you are happy with the school place offer, you do not need to do anything else.

If you are not happy with the offer, find out how to appeal and join a waiting list for a school place.

6 Primary, infant, junior school leaflet (other languages)

Starting school leaflets

These leaflets explain what you need to do if your child is starting school in 2018.

The leaflets for 2018/19 will be available shortly.

  • Starting school in September leaflet - Bengali (PDF, 302KB)
  • Starting school in September leaflet - French (PDF, 73KB)
  • Starting school in September leaflet - Polish (PDF, 118KB)
  • Starting school in September leaflet - Portuguese (PDF, 74KB)
  • Starting school in September leaflet - Russian (PDF, 172KB)
  • Starting school in September leaflet - Tamil (PDF, 117KB)

Moving to junior school leaflets

These leaflets explain what you need to do if your child is moving to junior school in 2018.

The leaflets for 2018/19 will be available shortly.

  • Junior school transfer leaflet - Bengali (PDF, 600KB)
  • Junior school transfer leaflet - French (PDF, 74KB)
  • Junior school transfer leaflet - Polish (PDF, 102KB)
  • Junior school transfer leaflet - Portuguese (PDF, 75KB)
  • Junior school transfer leaflet - Russian (PDF, 161KB)
  • Junior school transfer leaflet - Tamil (PDF, 102KB)

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