Starting Primary School
If your child turns 5 years old between 1 September 2014 and 31 August 2015 you must apply for a school place between the 1 November 2013and 15 January 2014.
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.
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 our offer of a school place, and will not have to wait for the post.
If you apply online keep your acknowledgement 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 documents
You can also apply by completing a common preference form available in the documents section.
You can return the paper form directly to the Admissions Team at Children’s Services, 10th Floor West, Merrion House, 110 Merrion Centre, Leeds LS2 8DT or hand it in at any school office.
Children living in Leeds, but applying to go to a school outside Leeds, must still apply to Leeds City Council, and we will inform the other local authority. If you live outside Leeds and want your child to go to a school in Leeds, you must apply to your own local authority and they will inform us of your request.
If you want a place at any voluntary-aided or foundation school or a free school or academy school you may also need to fill in a supplementary information form (SIF). You will need to obtain the SIF from the school you wish to apply to.
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.
You will be asked to accept the offer we give you. The information on how to do this will be in your offer letter.
When you have received your offer you must confirm your school place. To confirm the place you must contact the relevant school directly; 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.
You must apply for a school place using the address where your child lives for the majority of the time.