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 2018.

Further information

Applying for a school place

You will be able to apply for an infant or primary school place to start in autumn 2018 from Monday 11 September 2017. 

Please note all applications made after midnight on Monday 15 January 2018 for starting school in autumn 2018 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

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 Monday 15 January 2018.

Need help with your application?

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

Or come along to one of our support sessions at the Customer Service Centre, 91 Granby Street, Leicester LE1 6FB on the following dates 

  • Wednesday 6 December 2017 at 10am - 12pm
  • Wednesday 13 December 2017 at 1pm - 3pm
  • Wednesday 3 January 2018 at 1pm - 3pm

Starting school transfer timetable - autumn 2018

The deadline for applying for a school place to start school in autumn 2018 is Monday 15 January 2018.  Please note applications made after this date will be treated as a late application.

Transfer process Dates
Online applications open Monday 11 September 2017
Closing date for applications Monday 15 January 2018
Allocation day Monday 16 April 2018
Deadline for parents to respond to offer Monday 7 May 2018
Appeals against a refusal of a place June to July 2018

Closing date - midnight on Monday 15 January 2018

Please make sure you submit your application by the closing date of midnight on Monday 15 January 2018. 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?

For on-time applications you will be sent an email (or a letter) informing you which school has been allocated on Monday 16 April 2018.