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 2020.

Further information

Applying for a school place

If your child is starting school in autumn 2020, you can apply for a school place from Thursday 12 September 2019.

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 Wednesday 15 January 2020.

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:

  • Support sessions will be available - details will be published here from 12 September 2019.
  • Choice Advice Service

Starting school transfer timetable - autumn 2020

The deadline for applying for a school place to start school in autumn 2020 is Wednesday 15 January 2020.  Please note applications made after this date will be treated as a late application.

Transfer process Dates
Online applications open Thursday 12 September 2019
Closing date for applications Wednesday 15 January 2020
Late applications open Friday 17 January 2020
Allocation day Thursday 16 April 2020
Appeals against a refusal of a place June to July 2020

Closing date - midnight on Wednesday 15 January 2020

All 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 2020.