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

Further information

Please note all applications made after 15 January 2016 for starting school in Autumn 2016 will be treated as a late 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:

Change to the oversubscription criteria for first time admissions

We applied for an “in year variation” to the consulted and determine arrangements for first time admission for 2016/17. This was designed to:

  • give higher priority to siblings of children at a school, irrespective of whether they live in the catchment area, to help keep siblings together;.
  • extend priority for siblings at an infant school to include siblings attending a linked junior school;
  • give higher priority to children of families who can demonstrate that they are fleeing domestic violence.

The request was approved on 13 October 2015 and the 2016/17 arrangements have been amended.

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 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
Online applications open 1 September 2015
Closing date for applications 15 January 2016
Allocation day 18 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 Monday 18 April 2016. A confirmation email and letter will be sent out.

Allocation of our first time admission school places