The table shows you a timetable of key times in the school year. Please use it as a guide.
If your child is due to start primary school in September 2017 you must apply for a school place between 1 November 2016 and 15 January 2017. The quickest and easiest way to apply is online (see the top tasks section on this page). Further information will be provided nearer the time. Please see the school year calculator in the Documents section of this page.
If your child was born between 1 September 2012 and 31 August 2013 they should start primary school in September 2017.
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 2016 book? This is available in the Documents section on this page. You can read the 2017 booklet as soon as it becomes available.
Watch our 'how to' video to help you use the online application form. The video was relevant for applications to start school in September 2016 only.
To gain detailed information about a school, use the Find a school in Leeds database (also available in the Top Tasks section). Information includes their oversubscription criteria which can be found within the admissions policy attached to each school page. Information on schools with extra places for reception 2016 is available in the related pages section of this page.
In the lead up to making your application you can 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
From 1 november 2016 we recommend that you apply online for your child’s school place. 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 of 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.
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?
Allocation of school places
The allocation process for children starting schoool in September 2016 started after the application deadline which was on 15 January 2016. 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 2016 book in the Documents section on this page. You can read the 2017 booklet as soon as it becomes available.
National offer day
Primary school places to start in September 2016 will be offered on 18 April 2016. If you applied online you will receive your offer by email. If you made a postal application you will receive your offer in the post. Further information is available by clicking on the link at the bottom of this page.
On 8 September 2015, the government announced its intention to open a consultation which will look at giving summer-born children the right to start in reception at the age of 5, should their parents feel this would benefit their child. For admissions purposes, children born between 1 April and 31 August are ‘summer-born’.
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.
It is important to note that parents already have the right to request deferred entry. If you are considering this, please see the advice provided in the documents section of this page or contact the Admissions Team. You can find our details in the Contact us section on this page.