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 2019.

Further information

Applying for a school place

If your child is starting school in autumn 2019, you can apply for a school place from Wednesday 12 September 2018.

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 Tuesday 15 January 2019.

Need help with your application?

If you require help with your school admissions application please contact the Choice Advice Service or come along to one of our support sessions

Starting school transfer timetable - autumn 2019

The deadline for applying for a school place to start school in autumn 2019 is Tuesday 15 January 2019.  Please note applications made after this date will be treated as a late application.

Transfer process Dates
Online applications open Wednesday 12 September 2018
Closing date for applications Tuesday 15 January 2019
Allocation day Tuesday 16 April 2019
Appeals against a refusal of a place June to July 2019

Closing date - midnight on Tuesday 15 January 2019

Al 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 Tuesday 16 April 2019.


Merger of Slater and Fosse Primary School

From August 2019, Fosse Primary School and Slater Primary school will merge to form a larger Fosse Primary School. Slater Primary School will formally close. Full details of the consultation process for making this decision can be found online at

To apply for a place to start in reception at the new Fosse Primary School from August 2019, please select this school from the pick list when making your application.