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Before you apply

Before submitting your in-year application, it is important to find out as much information you can about the schools in your area as well as any schools you are thinking of applying for, to ensure you make the right choice for your child.

Research information on schools before you apply

View our schools' directory for details for each school including school type, Ofsted and performance reports.

Consider how your child will travel to and from school.

Understanding the different types of schools

In the schools' directory you will find information on each school including the type of school, these include:

  • Community schools
  • Trust schools
  • Voluntary-aided schools
  • Voluntary-controlled schools
  • Academies
  • Free schools

Further information can viewed here, understanding the different types of school.

Applying for schools outside of Leicester City

If you are looking for a school place outside of Leicester, you must apply directly to the local authority responsible for that school. Find a local authority.

Applying for a school on religious grounds

The following schools give priority on religious grounds and require a supplementary information form (SIF) to be completed. 

  • Christ the King Catholic Primary School
  • Falcons Primary School
  • Holy Cross Catholic School, a Voluntary Academy
  • Hope Hamilton Church of England Voluntary Aided Primary School
  • Krishna Avanti Primary School
  • Sacred Heart Catholic Voluntary Academy
  • St John the Baptist Church of England Primary School
  • St Joseph’s Catholic Voluntary Academy
  • St Patrick’s Catholic Voluntary Academy
  • St Thomas More Catholic Voluntary Academy
  • English Martyrs Catholic School
  • Madani Boys’ School
  • Madani Girls’ School
  • Saint Paul’s Catholic School

The completion of a SIF will ensure that the correct admissions criterion is applied to your application. SIF’s must be returned directly to the school. SIF’s can also be collected directly from the school.

Special educational needs (SEN)

All schools make provision to support children who have special educational needs. Some children have an Education, Health and Care Plan (EHCP) and these children may attend either a mainstream school or a special school.  

If your child has an EHCP, you should not apply through school admissions

For information on schools for your child please visit our Local Offer website.

Local Offer Leicester contains information and guidance that can support children and young people with SEND, aged 0 to 25, in Leicester.

If your child has special educational needs but does not currently have an EHCP you should apply in the normal way.