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Admissions, Primary School

​​The table shows you a timetable of key times in the school year. Please use it as a guide.
November to JanuaryApply for a school place
16 AprilOffers sent out
29 AprilWaiting list deadline
16 MayAppeals deadline
May to JuneAppeals heard
SeptemberStart primary school

If your child was born between 1 September 2011 and 31 August 2012 they should start primary school in September 2016. You must apply for a school place between 1 November 2015 and 15 January 2016.

There are a number of things you should consider before submitting your application.

Have you visited the schools you are interested in before applying? Most of them have open days where you can find out more information.

Have you read the Starting primary school book? This is available in the Documents section on this page.

To gain detailed information about a school, use the Top Tasks section to Find a school in Leeds. Information includes their oversubscription criteria which can be found within the admissions policy attached to each school page.

Speak to staff in the Admissions Team to clarify any issues you are not sure about, especially about the admissions policy. You can find our details in the Contact us section on this page. You can find more information about what admissions policies mean below.

Have you considered how your child will get to school and the potential transport costs? Take a look at our information about Children's Transport in the Related Pages section.

Invitation to apply letters

Letters telling you which is your nearest priority school are sent out at the end of October. If you have not received your letter by mid November please contact us. You need to know which your child's nearest priority school is because it is an important part of many school admissions policies.

Applying for a school place

We recommend that you apply online for your child’s school place, using the link in the Top Tasks section on this page. You can also apply using a paper form called a Primary common preference form (CPF). This can be found in the Documents section on this page, or alternatively you can pick one up from a school office or contact the Admissions Team. Our contact details are on this page.

Some schools require the completion of a supplementary information form (SIF) which should be completed separately and sent directly to the school. You can find out if a SIF is required by reading the school's admissions policy. Use the Top Tasks section to Find a school in Leeds. Each school page has a link to its admissions policy. If supplementary information is required a link to this will also be provided.

However you apply you can include up to five schools as your preferences. You should put these in order of preference (i.e. your most preferred school at number one, and your least preferred school at number five). We recommend you use all five preferences and include your child's nearest priority school. This will ensure you have the best chance of being offered a local school place. Remember, this may not physically be your nearest school as different types of schools follow different types admissions policies. Each school's admissions policy can be found by clicking on Find a school in Leeds in the Top Tasks section on this page and selecting the school you are looking for.

The address you give on the application must be where your child lives for the majority of the time


After the closing date, we then start the allocations process. This is the process we follow:

  • we inform any Voluntary Aided Schools, Academies or other local authorities that you have included their school. They apply their policy to decide whether they can offer you a place, and then tell us. Admissions policies for these schools can be found by clicking on Find a school in Leeds in the Top Tasks section on this page
  • using the Leeds admissions policy, we look at all the applications made for each school and rank them in order. We can then see if you have qualified for a place at any of your preferred schools
  • if you qualify for a place at more than one school, we will offer you the highest preference school that you qualify for and withdraw all the preferences below it
  • if you don't qualify for any of your preferences, we will offer you a place at the nearest Community or Voluntary Controlled School to your home address that still has an available place. We can also sometimes offer a place at a Voluntary Aided or Foundation School, or an Academy, if they have given us permission to do so

For more information on the different types of schools in Leeds, read the Starting primary school book in the Documents section on this page.

Make sure you check the following before the closing date:

Have you completed your online application and received an email confirming we have received it? Alternatively, have you returned the paper form to the Admissions Team?

Have you checked whether any of the schools you are applying for require a supplementary information form (SIF)? You can find out by clicking on Find a school in Leeds in the Top Tasks section and checking their admissions policy. SIFs need to be completed and returned to the school.

If you are claiming exceptional medical/social circumstances (priority 1b) have you checked that your preferred school considers exceptional circumstances as part of their admissions criteria?

Have you attached any relevant supporting evidence to your application?

Summer-born children

On 8 September 2015, the government announced its intention to give summer-born children the right to start in reception at the age of 5, if their parents wish to defer when they start at school. Children born from 1 April to 31 August are ‘summer-born’ for admissions purposes.

Parents have to apply for a reception place a number of months before their children are due to start school, and summer-born children can sometimes appear not ready for this big step.

Our advice to parents is to apply for a school place as normal whilst continuing to consider whether deferring is the best option for their child. This ensures that parents do not miss out on the option of a place for the normal year of entry, and allows time for the matter to be fully considered. Parents can arrange to discuss their case with the local authority if they wish to do so.

We anticipate that the government’s consultation will have taken place and the outcome known before offers are made in April 2016.

Parents already have the right to request deferred entry and if you are considering this please see the advice provided in the documents section of this page.​​​​

Admissions policy

​The Admissions Policy for a school is used to rank all the applications that are made for that school. It will usually consist of different criteria or groups.  Examples of the different types of criteria used are sibling (attending same school), nearest school priority, and distance.

Please remember that different types of schools use different criteria to rank their applications, so it is really important that you look at the admissions policy for each of the schools you are including in your preferences.

We strongly advise that you read through policies for the schools you are applying for before submitting your preferences.

For further information please look at the Leeds Admissions Policy 2016, which applies to all Community and Voluntary Controlled schools in Leeds, and can be found in the Documents section on this page.

To find admissions policies for other schools such as Foundation, Voluntary Aided and Academies, please follow the Find a school in Leeds link below.  Alternatively you can contact the schools directly.

Find a school in Leeds


National offer day is 16 April but as this falls on a Saturday in 2016, offers of school places will be sent out on 18 April.

If you applied online you will receive your offer by email. If you used a paper form your offer will be posted to your home address by 2nd class post. These can take up to a week to arrive.

You will be asked to accept the offer we give you by contacting the school directly as the Admissions team are unable to register your confirmation.

Please be patient while you wait for your letter. If you do not receive your offer letter within the timeframes outlined above please contact the Admissions Team using the contact details on this page.

If you missed the deadline for applications to start primary school or if you want to educate your child at home you must contact the Admissions Team using the contact details on this page and they will advise you.

Waiting list

If you have received your offer but would prefer a different school you can add your child's name to a waiting list before 29 April without going through the formal appeal process.

For more information please go to the School waiting lists page in the Related Pages section. ​


If you have not been offered a place at the school you wanted you can appeal against the refusal by 16 May.

Please go to the formation please go to the School Admissions Appeals page. This can be found in the Related Pages section. 

Not ready to start school?

​If you feel your child is not ready to start school at the time we are suggesting, please contact the Admissions Team who can advise you of your options.

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