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Admissions, Primary School

Starting School

By law children must start school from the beginning of the school term after their fifth birthday. In Leeds children normally start school at the beginning of the academic year in which they have their fifth birthday.

If a child was born between 1 September 2010 and 31 August 2011, he or she will start primary school in September 2015. 
If your child was born between 1 September 2010 and 31 August 2011 you must apply for a school place between the 1 November 2014 and 15 January 2015.
 
Your child must be in full time education the term following their fifth birthday.  
 
It is important that you submit your application within these dates. 
 
Online application 
If you live in Leeds and have an email address, you can apply online by going to the top tasks on the right hand side of this page. The benefits of applying online are:
  • it is quick, easy and safe
  • you will receive a confirmation email that your preferences have been received  (which you should keep). Please note it can take up to 24 hours to receive your confirmation e-mail
  • applications that are sent through the post can be lost, by applying online you are automatically provided with proof that we have received your application
  • you will be able to log back in and check or change your details up until the closing date of 15 January
  • on 16 April you will be emailed with an offer of a school place, and will not have to wait for the post
If you apply online keep your acknowledgement email as proof. If you do not receive an acknowledgement email within 24 hours your application has not been completed successfully. 

You should go back and make sure it is completed properly. Make sure you click the ‘submit’ button at the end of the form.
 
For assistance with the online application process please see the ‘online application guide’ in the Documents section on this page.

Paper applications: 
You can also apply by completing a common preference form available in the documents section on this website.  
 
You can return the paper form directly to Leeds City Council, PO Box 837, School Admissions, Leeds, LS1 9PZ or hand it in at any school office. 

We recommend that you keep a copy of your form and if you hand it in to a school, that you get a receipt. If you post your form to us we recommend that you use ‘registered post’ so that you have proof of delivery.  


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Allocation of school places

The admissions policy for a school describes how places are allocated. Details of the types of schools and information on their policies are in the booklet ‘starting primary school’ on the related pages. For the authority’s policy which applies to community and voluntary controlled schools there are a number of different priorities described. It is important that you also read the notes at the end of the policy which give you more detail, in particular with regard to children who are in the care of the local authority or have been adopted from local authority care, issues regarding special education needs, siblings definitions, and distance definitions.

Leeds City Council provides a Choice Advice Service that can provide impartial advice and support to families with the application and appeals process. 

Email: Choice.advice@leeds.gov.uk or phone: 0113 3951183 for further information. ​

Offers

Offers of school places will be sent out on 16 April, if you have applied online this will be by e-mail. 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. 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. You will be asked to accept the offer we give you by confirming with the school you have been offered. The information on how to do this will be in your offer letter.

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. 

You must apply for a school place using the address where your child lives for the majority of the time. ​

Delayed entry to school

If you feel that your child is not yet ready to start school and they have not yet reached their fifth birthday, you can request that the start date for child is delayed until later in the school year.  You can also request that your child starts school on a part-time basis.  If you wish to request a later start time or discuss part-time attendance they should contact the school.  

Where a child is born after 1 April and you delay entry for your child until they reach statutory school age this will generally be to start in year 1 September 2016. In such cases you will need to apply for a school place in year 1, and should contact the school direct to see if a Year 1 place is available. ​ ​

Deferred entry to school

Alternatively, for a few summer born children, you may hold a view that the best option is for your child to defer entry to school, and be educated out of their chronological year group.  This would mean they start reception in September 2016 when they are 5. This is not an automatic entitlement, and all cases will be assessed individually. You should tell us as soon as you think you wish to consider this option. If you wish to request this so you should apply for deferment out of chronological age group.  For more information, please click on the deferment out of chronological year group download on the left hand side of this page.


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