Apply for a primary school place

Introduction and key dates

For Buckinghamshire residents - apply online for starting school in reception or moving from infant to junior school for September entry.

There is a separate application if you want to change school and apply during this academic year.

If you do not live in Buckinghamshire

You must apply through your home council even if you are moving to Buckinghamshire or want your child to attend a Buckinghamshire school.

If your child has an educational, health and care plan (EHC)

Primary school admission dates

You can start to apply for a child's primary school place between 1 November 2023 and 15 January 2024.

  • go to some open days of schools you're interested in
  • prepare a list of schools you'd like to apply for
  • consider how your child will get to school each day

Once you've submitted your list of schools, you'll then need to provide evidence of your address.

You should read our in-depth primary admissions rules and guidance before applying.

Date Event
1 November 2023 Online applications open for primary school places (Reception and Moving to Junior School)
15 January 2024 Deadline to submit your child's application
29 January 2024 Deadline for address evidence if you’re moving into or within Buckinghamshire
16 April 2024 School offer day
2 July 2024 School transition (for children to visit their new school)
September 2024 The new school year starts