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Apply for an infant or primary school place

Apply for an infant or primary school place here if your child is starting full time school in autumn 2023 and you live in Leicester City.

How to apply

Applications open on Monday 5 September 2022. 

Deadline for on-time applications - midnight, 15 January 2023

Apply before the 15 January 2023 deadline. Otherwise, your application will be considered as late if there isn't an exceptional reason for missing the deadline and may mean you are offered a school much further away than your preferred ones.

What happens if my application is late?

All applications received after 15 January 2023 are usually treated as late and will be considered for a school place after the initial offer of places on 17 April 2023. You are less likely to be offered a place at one or more of your preferred schools if your application is submitted after the deadline.

Under exceptional circumstances, we may consider late applications as if they were received on-time.

Exceptional reasons for applying late

If you have an exceptional reason for applying late for example a significant house move, and the application is received before 27 February 2023,  we may consider it as if it was received on-time. Evidence will be required to support your application.

If we agree that your reasons are exceptional, we will consider it as an on-time application. Otherwise it will be treated as late and we will write to you to confirm this.

Use all your preferences

It is important to get lots of information before deciding on your preferred schools and the order you would like to put them on your application. We will offer you the highest preferred school if your child qualifies for a place here, so please consider your order of preferences carefully. We recommend including your catchment school as one of your preferences.

What happens next?

You will receive an email once you have submitted your application. It is important to check carefully that you have received this and that it confirms your application has been fully submitted. If your application is not fully submitted, it may be considered as late.

We will send offers of places to those:

  • Who applied on time between 5 September 2022 and 15 January 2023, on 17 April 2023.
  • Late applications received between 17 January and 16 April 2023, will be considered after 8 May 2023.
  • Late applications received from 17 April 2023 will be considered after 5 June 2023.

Making changes to your application

For any changes in preference received after the closing date, we will only treat these as an on-time application if this is received before 27 February 2023 and if this is due to an exceptional change of circumstances – for example, a house move.

If you change any of your preferences, or their order, after the closing date, without an exceptional reason, this will not be considered until after 8 May 2023.

What if I need help?

If you need help with making an application, please email us at admissions.online@leicester.gov.uk or call us on 0116 454 1009 (option 1) and we will do our best to assist you. Your child’s current school may also be able to help with applying.

The choice advice service

The choice advice service offers free impartial guidance, support and information to parents choosing a school for children in Leicester. 

This service cannot guarantee school places or influence the allocation process. However, they can guide you through the admissions process, and help you to make an application for a school place. They can also support you with the admission appeal process.

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