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

Please note all applications made after midnight on Tuesday 15 January 2019 for starting school in autumn 2019 will be treated as a late application.

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
Late applications open Thursday 17 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

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 2019.


Slater and Fosse Primary School

A formal decision has now been made to keep Slater Primary open beyond its proposed closing date of August 2019. Therefore, parents can still select Slater Primary School as an option for their child’s future schooling. Fosse Primary School will continue to operate in the same way as it is currently.