Apply for a school place

Apply for a primary or junior school

Find deadlines and how to start your primary or junior school application.

If you want to transfer your child from one school to another, visit our moving schools page.

Who can apply

Children born between 1 September 2019 and 31 August 2020 are due to start primary school in September 2024.

Junior school Year 3 applications

If you're applying for your child to start at a new school in Year 3, you can still apply in the same way as other primary school applications. This applies to:

  • Yeadon Westfield Junior School
  • Rothwell Victoria Junior School

Applying for a school outside your council area

If you live in Leeds you should submit your application to us even if you want to apply for a school outside of Leeds. You live in Leeds if you pay council tax to us and we empty your bins.

If you live outside Leeds and want to apply for a Leeds school, you should submit your application to your council.

Children who have an EHCP

If your child has a current Education, Health and Care Plan (EHCP), you do not need to apply for a primary school place. Your child’s EHCP will name the primary school they will go to in September.

Starting primary school later or part time

Find out what you need to do if you want your child to start primary school later or part time.

How to apply

You can apply from 1 November 2023. The deadline to apply is 15 January 2024.

Applications submitted after the deadline

If you submit your application after the deadline it could be treated with a lower priority than applications submitted on time.                                                   

If you submit your application:

  • by 12 February 2024, most Leeds schools will treat the application as on time (check if this date applies on each school's admissions policy)
  • by 28 February 2024, your application will receive a lower priority than those submitted on time (unless we agree you had exceptional reasons for missing this date)
  • on or after 1 March 2024, you will not receive a school offer until May, after all other school places have been given out

If you have exceptional reasons why you could not submit your application by 28 February 2024, tell us by email. Not receiving a reminder to apply is not an exceptional reason.

We send out letters reminding parents to apply at the end of October. You can still apply if you do not get a letter.

We recommend choosing five schools to give your child the best chance of getting a place at a school you prefer.

Apply for a primary school External link

After 12 February 2024, you will not be able to use the online portal to apply. If you are applying:

  • after 12 February but before offer day, you’ll need to contact us for a paper application form
  • for the first time after 16 April 2024 (offer day), you will need to join a waiting list
Going to a school's nursery does not guarantee your child a place at that school.

When you’ll find out

We offer primary school places on 16 April 2024 (offer day). If you applied through our online application portal we'll email you with your child's offer. We'll send the email during the working day.

If you applied in any other way, you'll receive an offer letter to your registered home address (a few days after offer day).

Get help with your application

For help with your application, contact us on:

0113 222 4414
Monday to Friday between 9am and 5pm, except Wednesdays when we open at 10am.

Application timeline

Primary school applications, important dates
1 November 2023
Applications open
15 January 2024
National deadline for applying
12 February 2024
Deadline for late applications and changes (for schools which follow our admissions policy)
16 April 2024
National offer day

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