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 in autumn 2017.

Further information

Applying for a school place

You will be able to apply for an infant or primary school place to start in autumn 2017 from Monday 12 September 2016. 

Please note all applications made after midnight on Sunday 15 January 2017 for starting school in autumn 2017 will be treated as a late application.

If you wish to apply for a school place starting now then please complete an in-year admission application.

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. 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:

Help completing your application

If you require help with your school admissions application, support sessions are available at a number of schools:

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 as well as applying to Leicester City Council. You must return the supplementary form directly to the school by the closing date of Sunday 15 January 2017.

Starting school transfer timetable - autumn 2017

The deadline for applying for a school place to start school in autumn 2017 is Sunday 15 January 2017.  Please note applications made after this date will be treated as a late application.

Transfer process Dates
Online applications open Monday 12 September 2016
Closing date for applications Sunday 15 January 2017
Allocation day Tuesday 18 April 2017
Deadline for parents to respond to offer Monday 8 May 2017
Appeals against a refusal of a place June to July 2017

Closing date - midnight on Sunday 15 January 2017

Please make sure you submit your application by the closing date of midnight on Sunday 15 January 2017. 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 next?

You will hear about your allocated school place on Tuesday 18 April 2017. A confirmation email and letter will be sent out.