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Apply for a primary school place

Application to start reception class in September 2017

The table shows you a timetable of important dates in the school year. Please use it as a guide.​​​​​

1 November 2016 to 15 January 2017Apply for a place
18 April 2017Offers go out
28 April 2017Waiting list deadline
16 May 2017Appeals deadline
April to July 2017Places allocated from the waiting lists and appeals held
September 2017Start primary school

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.

Invitation to apply letters

Letters telling you which your priority school is are sent out at the end of October. This is the school where your child has a higher priority under the Leeds admissions policy reception 2017-18 (PDF 64KB). If you have not received your letter by mid-November please contact us.

The admission policy describes how priority is determined and, in turn, how places are offered. It also provides information about what constitutes a home address, how late applications are dealt with and how offers should be accepted. It provides an overview of how the waiting list works, how temporary school sites are taken into account and how applications outside the normal admission round​ should be made.

How to apply for a school place

Applications open on 1 November. Your application needs to be made using the online application form. Our 'how to' video will help you complete the application form.​

On your application, you can include up to five schools as your preferences. You should put these in order of your preference (i.e. your 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 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. Select a school using Find a school in Leeds to view its admissions policy.

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. Each school page has a link to its admissions policy. If supplementary information is required a link to this will also be provided.

The address you provide on the application must be where your child lives for the majority of the time.

Before you apply have you:

  • Visited the schools you are interested in before applying? Most of them have open days where you can find out more information.

  • Read the Starting primary school in Leeds 2017 composite prospectus (PDF 3.2MB)

  • Pages 9 and 10 include information about the kinds of schools there are in Leeds and how that will affect your application. Pages 12 to 16 includes answers to frequently asked questions and other information including provision for children with Special Educational Needs (SEN).

  • Watched our 'how to' video to help you use the online application form.

  • Used Find a school in Leeds to gain detailed information about each school, including their oversubscription criteria which can be found within the admissions policy attached to each school page. This will help ensure you include schools where your child has a realistic chance of being offered a place.

  • Spoken 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 Please note that the admissions team are only able to discuss the child’s application with the named contact on the form. To add a named contact, the current named contact needs to email with the details of the person they wish to add, along with the child's details.

  • Considered how your child will get to school and the potential transport costs? Please visit our Children's transport page for further information.

Before the closing date (15 January 2017) have you:

  • Completed your online application and received email confirmation that this has been submitted.

  • Told us of up to 5 schools you would prefer and read the admissions policies for each of these schools.

  • Completed and returned any supplementary information forms to schools who require them.

  • Checked that your preferred school considers exceptional circumstances as part of their admissions criteria if you are claiming exceptional medical or mobility needs priority 1b​ (PDF 222KB).

  • Attached any relevant supporting evidence to your application.
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Click to expandWhen will I find out what school my child has been offered?

You will be sent an email with your offer letter attached on 18 April 2017.

Emails are sent out in batches so please be patient.

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 by clicking on the link below to Find a school in Leeds
  • 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

Find a school in Leeds

Click to expandHow to add my child to a school waiting list

If you have not been offered a place at your 1st choice school you will receive a waiting list form with your offer letter.  If you would like to place your child on a waiting list please complete the form and return to the Admissions Team. 

The first cut-off date for waiting lists is 28 April 2017.

Leeds City Council manages waiting lists for Community and Voluntary Controlled schools. Names from the waiting lists are matched with vacancies we are told about in order of the priorities set out in the Leeds City Council Admissions Policy.

Waiting lists will be held until 26 July 2018, i.e. the end of the academic year. Until then your child can be allocated a place from the waiting list automatically at any time, so if you leave them on the waiting list please make sure you are prepared to move their school immediately.

Voluntary Aided and Foundation schools, Academies and Free schools manage their own waiting lists but you still need to send your waiting list form to the Admissions Team who will notify the school of the application.

Please visit the School waiting lists page for further information.​​​​

Click to expandHow do I appeal?

If you have not been offered a place at the school you wanted your child to start at in September 2017 you can appeal against the refusal by 16 May 2017. Appeals submitted by this date will be heard within 40 school days.

If you do not reply by this deadline, your appeal will be heard but we cannot guarantee to hear your appeal before the summer holidays. Appeals are not held in the school holidays.

To find out whether you need to send your appeal form to the Admissions Team or to the school directly, please visit the School appeals​ page for further information.​​​

Click to expandAdmissions policy

​The Admissions Policy for a school is used to rank all the applications that are made for that school. It will usually consist of different criteria or groups. Examples of the different types of criteria used are sibling (attending same school), nearest school priority, and distance.

Please remember that different types of schools use different criteria to rank their applications, so it is really important that you look at the admissions policy for each of the schools you are including in your preferences.

We strongly advise that you read through policies for the schools you are applying for before submitting your preferences.

For further information please look at the Leeds Admissions Policy Reception 2017/18, which applies to all Community and Voluntary Controlled schools in Leeds, and can be found in the Documents section on this page.

To find admissions policies for other schools such as Foundation, Voluntary Aided and Academies, please follow the Find a school in Leeds link below. Alternatively you can contact the schools directly.​​​

Find a school in Leeds

Click to expandTransferring between schools

​If you want to transfer school or are applying other than starting primary or secondary school for the first time you need to apply directly with the school.

Please visit the Transferring between schools page for more information.

Click to expandFind my nearest school

​​Whilst Leeds City Council pages are the only official guide to the application process, schools themselves are often best placed to answer questions about their offer. As many schools are their own admitting authority, they will also have information about their admission policy.

An additional source of information to assist with finding out about schools local to your area is’s Local school searchwhich you may find helpful. However, please be aware that, as an external site, it may not carry accurate information and you should not rely on it.

If you find anything that conflicts with our official information please contact us and we will provide clarification.​​​

Click to expandWhere else can I find information?

​​Whilst Leeds City Council pages are the only official guide to the application process, schools themselves are often best placed to answer questions about their offer. As many schools are their own admitting authority, they will also have information about their admission policy.

There are a whole range of websites that you may find useful to consult as part of your preparation for the school admissions process. These include netmums​, the Advisory Centre for Education​ and estate agents websites. However, please be aware that, as external sites, they may not carry accurate information and you should not rely on them.

If you find anything that conflicts with our official information please contact us and we will provide clarification.


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