Starting school

Information for parents and carers of children starting full-time school for the first time, and moving on to full time school from a playgroup or nursery starting autumn 2016.

Further information

Choosing a school

Before applying for your child's infant/primary school place you should read the:

This guide will help answer all the questions you may have and help you towards choosing the right school. Please note the 2016 guide will be available shortly.

When choosing a school you should consider how popular the school is and your child's chances of getting a place there.

Look at other sources of information which will help you make an informed decision:

Voluntary aided schools, academies and free schools

If you are applying for a voluntary aided school, academy or a free school, you must complete the schools' own supplementary information form (contact the school directly) as well as applying to Leicester City Council. You must return the supplementary form directly to the school by the closing date of 15 January 2016.

Starting school transfer timetable - Autumn 2016

The deadline for applying for a school place to start school in autumn 2016 is Friday 15 January 2016.  Please note applications made after this date will be treated as a late application.

Transfer process Dates
Application letter posted to parents End of August 2015
Online applications open 1 September 2015
Closing date for applications 15 January 2016
Allocation day 16 April 2016

Closing date - midnight on Friday 15 January 2016

Please make sure you submit your application by the closing date of midnight on Friday 15 January 2016. Applications received after this date will be treated as late and will be dealt with after those received on time and you are less likely to be offered a place at your preferred schools.

What happens after you've submitted your application?

You will hear about your allocated school place on Saturday 16 April 2016. A confirmation email and letter will be sent out.