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Primary School Admissions


If your child was born between 1 September 2011 and 31 August 2012 you will be able to apply for a school place between 1 November 2015 and 15 January 2016.  The admissions booklet, TIPS 8, is available now but you will need to wait until November to apply.
Legally your child does not have to start school until the term following her/his fifth birthday.  However, most children start in Reception in the September of the school year in which they are 5.  You can apply for a school place, but delay your child’s start until later in the reception year without jeopardising the offer of a place. Pupils born between 1 September and 31 December would be expected to take up their place no later than the term following their fifth birthday. The deferred admission arrangements do not allow summer born children to defer admission to the Autumn Term in year 1.  
Child bornNormal date of AdmissionDeferred Admission
1 Sept - 31 DecAutumn TermSpring Term
1 Jan - 31 MarAutumn TermSpring or Summer Term
1 April - 31 AugAutumn TermSpring or Summer Term
You will be able to apply for a place online from 1 November, or paper forms will be available from Connections offices from that date. Some schools also require you to fill in a supplementary form and return it to them directly. These forms will be available from 1 November on this web page.
You can find out more about school admission requirements by reading the Primary Supplement which provides a summary of the order in which each school ranks its applications. You can also see the complete admisison policies by following the link on the left to Determined Admission Arrangements 2016-17. Maps are available showing the designated area boundaries for schools that have a designated area.
Information about what happened last year will show you the likelihood of your child gaining a place at your preferred school. You should be aware, though, that the pattern of places allocated changes each year according to the number of applications for individual schools and this data is therefore only a guide.

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