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Primary application timetable

When to apply, dates for offers, appeals and waiting lists for a new reception school place for 2023.

The important dates for new reception applications are:

Important dates
Date Details
01 November 2023 Website opens for all applications for main round admission to a primary school from September 2024
15 January 2024 Closing date for submission of Common Application Form and deadline for sending supplementary information forms to schools. Online applications will close at 23.59.
01 February 2024 LA exchanges data with other LAs where parents have applied across LA boundaries
01 February 2024 LA send other admitting authorities details of applications for them to rank
20 February 2024 Foundation and VA schools and academies return ranked lists of pupils
20 February 2024 Cut-off for taking new addresses into account for first round unless a school’s admission policy gives a different date
22 March 2024 Day when LA starts offer processing. The LA will inform other admitting authorities of provisional offers to be made to applicants residing in their area.
01 April 2024 LA sends schools draft list of allocated pupils for them to check
16 April 2024 Allocation Day: Online applicants notified of allocation by email. Parents who have applied with an electronic form will have a letter emailed on the morning of allocation day.
06 May 2024 Deadline for parents to accept offer
10 May 2024 Closing date for second round applications
24 May 2024 Decisions on late applications
31 May 2024 Closing date for receipt of 1st round appeals to be heard before the end of the summer term
10 June 2024 Deadline for parents to accept offer for second round applications
June/July 2024 Appeals for on time applications
28 June 2024 Closing date for receipt of 2nd round appeals
July/September 2024 Appeals for late applications
02 September 2024 Date when applications are treated as In Year Admissions

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