Applying for a primary school place
A lot of parents think that if their child’s nursery is linked to a particular primary school, it’s a given that their little one will get a place. Not true. You’ll still need to apply for a place at the school that’s attached to the nursery. You can do this via an online application form.
When do applications open?
Applications open on different days in each council area, but it’s usually the autumn of the year before your child is due to start school. Check with your local council to be sure. When you fill in the application form, you’ll be asked to list the schools you’re applying for in order of preference. You must apply for at least three. The deadline for applications is 15 January.
Private schools have their own admissions procedures, and you can apply to them directly.
What day is National Offer Day and can I appeal a decision?
In 2016 National Offer Day is 18th April.
You’ll be sent a letter from your council with a decision, which you can appeal against if you wish. The letter will tell you how. But you must appeal against each rejection separately.