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Apply for your child to start reception class in September 2018

The online application process for your child to start in Reception at a Leeds Primary school or in Year 3 at a Leeds Junior school in September 2018 has now closed. Any applications received after 15th January 2018 may not be considered until all the on time applications have been dealt with.

If you have not applied online before 15th January 2018 and wish your child to start in Reception in September 2018 or in Year 3 at a Junior school please contact or 0113 222 4414.

Important dates​​​

1 November 2017 to 15 January 2018Apply for a place
16 April 2018Offers go out
30 April 2018Waiting list deadline
16 May 2018Deadline for accepting offers and appeals
April to July 2018Places allocated from the waiting lists and appeals held
September 2018Start primary school

Invitation to apply letters

If your child is due to start primary school in September 2018 you should have received a letter inviting you to apply before 1 November 2017.

Your address puts you in the priority catchment area for a particular school and the letter tells you which school this is. It is the school at which your child has a higher priority for admission under the school admission policy, which might be the Leeds Primary Admissions Policy 2018/19 (PDF 65KB), or might be the school's own policy.

We recommend that you include this school as one of your five preferences, even if it is your fifth preference, although there is no guarantee that you will be offered a place there.

Before you apply

  • read the Leeds Primary Schools 2018/2019 Composite Prospectus (PDF 3.3MB) for all the information you require to guide you through the application process and to make an informed choice about your child’s future

  • view the Leeds Primary Schools map (PDF 2.8MB)

  • visit the schools you are considering applying for, information about primary open events is available on each school’s own website

  • watch our 'how to' video to help you use the online application form (when it is live)

  • use Find a school in Leeds for information about each school in Leeds, including their admissions policies. These will help you understand the criteria different schools use to offer places and therefore, which schools your child has a realistic chance of being offered a place at

  • speak to staff in the Admissions Team to clarify any issue you are not sure about, especially about the admissions policy? If not, please call 0113 222 4414, Monday to Friday, 9am to 5pm. Alternatively you can email

  • consider how your child will get to school. Find out if your child is eligible for free transport or use generationM to find out details of school special bus services. These services are regularly reviewed – find out about the latest changes

Before 15 January 2018

  • watch our 'how to' video to help you complete the online application form

  • complete the online application form. Include up to five schools you would prefer your child to attend

  • complete supplementary information forms for any schools that require them. These should be completed in addition to the online application form and sent directly to the school

How to apply

To apply online you will need a valid email address.

After completing your online application, you will receive an email confirming we have received it. If you don’t receive an email your application has not been completed properly. You should log back in and make sure the form is fully completed.

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.

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Supplementary information forms

Some schools require the completion of a supplementary information form (SIF). This should be completed in addition to your online application form. The SIF should be sent directly to the school.

You can check to see if a SIF is required by searching for the school you are applying for. If a SIF is required it will be available to download.


Click to expandWhen will I find out what school my child has been offered?

If you applied online you will be sent an email with your offer letter attached on Monday 16 April 2018.

If you don't receive an email by the end of the day, please contact the Admissions Team on 0113 222 4414, 9am to 5pm, Monday to Friday or email: 

You should accept the school place you have been offered directly with the school. This will not affect your position on a waiting list or your right to appeal. 

If you don’t get offered a place at the school you want, you can ask to go on the waiting list for other schools in Leeds. You can also appeal against the decision.​​​​​​​​​

Click to expandHow places are offered

We coordinate all applications for children starting primary school in Leeds. This means we receive all the applications centrally, gather information from schools who determine their own admissions and send out all the offer letters.

We make sure every child receives an offer of a school place. Whether we can offer you the place you want for your child will depend on your circumstances and the schools you have asked for.

We do not share the preference order with schools, only that you have applied for them. We strongly recommend that you include the 'priority school' which we tell you about in your invitation to apply letter. This gives you the best chance of still being placed within your local area, even if you are not able to gain a place at one of your higher preference schools. It is not always possible to offer every child who preferences it a place at their priority school.​

We consider your preferences in the following stages:

  • you list your five preferences
  • We inform any Voluntary Aided schools, Foundation schools, Academies, or other local authorities that you have preferenced their school. They apply their policy to decide who they can offer places to, and tell us. Admission policies for these schools can be found on each of our school pages
  • We apply the Leeds policy to see who we can offer places to at Community and Voluntary Controlled schools
  • If you meet the admission conditions for more than one school, we offer your highest preference school that you qualify for
  • If we cannot offer your child a place at any of the schools you have preferenced we will allocate a place at the closest school to your home address that still has places available. This applies to all Community or Voluntary Controlled schools but may be a Voluntary Aided or Foundation school or Academy if their governing body has given us permission to do so. If you live outside Leeds, we will offer your child an alternative place

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