Applying for a reception place (Year R)

If your child was born between 1 September 2015 and 31 August 2016, they will be eligible to start school in the school year beginning September 2020

Preparation for making an application
Apply for a school place
Receiving the outcome of your application

The national notification date for on-time applicants is 16 April 2020

If you applied online, you will be sent an e-mail confirming the outcome of your application on the notification date. You will be asked to log into the online system to view the outcome and either ‘accept’ or ‘reject’ the offered school place.

If you applied using a paper form, you will be sent a letter on the notification date by post. Please allow 2 to 3 working days for your letter to arrive.

What happens next

Parents must take evidence of their address and their child’s date of birth along to the school before your child starts school. Please wait for the school to invite you to bring the evidence into school. Please do not attempt to visit the school whilst social distancing measures are in place to reduce the spread of Covid-19.

You will be asked to provide two of the following as evidence of address:

  • a recent household bill, for example a gas, electricity, water, or Council Tax bill
  • a recent bank statement, credit card statement, store card statement

And if you have moved house:

  • a solicitor’s letter confirming that exchange of contracts has taken place, or
  • a signed tenancy agreement (usually for a 12 month period) 

Please take your child's birth certificate or passport to evidence their date of birth.

Please let us know in writing if you no longer need the place so that it can be offered to another child.

If you have not been offered a place at your preferred school, your child will be added to the waiting list. You also have a right to appeal against the refusal.

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