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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
30 AprilWaiting list deadline
18 MayAppeals deadline
May to JuneAppeals heard
SeptemberStart primary school
Applications for primary school open on 1 November if your child was born between 1 September 2011 and 31 August 2012. You need to apply by 15 January 2016. They will then start school in September 2016.​
If you applied online keep your acknowledgement email as proof. If you did not receive an acknowledgement email within 24 hours your application was not completed successfully and you need to apply again.
If you applied by post, we recommend that you keep a copy of your form. If you handed it in to a school, we recommend that you keep a receipt.

Primary school place offers are emailed to parents and carers on 16 April and postal offers are sent by second class post. 
Please note that by law children must start school no later than 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.

Your nearest school is not necessarily the closest school to your home address. Not all schools have a distance priority/criteria in their policies. Please check the schools Admissions Policy for information before you make a decision. If you would like confirmation of the nearest school to your home address please contact us.​

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’ in the Documents section. Leeds Admissions Policy is the authority’s policy which applies to community and voluntary controlled schools. There are a number of different priorities described within the policy. ​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.


Offers of school places will be sent out on 16 April.

If you have applied online this will be by e-mail which can take up to 24 hours to arrive. Please check your spam and junk folders if it has not arrived.

If you applied by post or email or after the deadline your offer will be posted to your home address by 2nd class post. This 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 contact the school to accept the offer we give you. If the school is closed for the holiday your confirmation can wait until the school reopens; the Admissions Team is unable to register your acceptance.

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. ​


If you have not been offered a place at the school you have requested you can appeal against the refusal by 18 May. Your child will also be added to the waiting list for this school if you appeal before 30 April.

Please go to the Admissions Appeals related page for more information about Appeals.

Waiting list

You can add your child’s name to a waiting list before 30 April without going through the formal appeal process.

Please go to the School waiting lists related page for more information.​

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 you 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.

There is more information available in the Guidance Notes for Deferment in the Documents section on this page.

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