Guide to starting school or moving up to junior school

Last updated: 13 September 2023

Primary timeline for entry in 2024

Children born between 1 September 2019 and 31 August 2020 will be starting school in September 2024.

Children attending an infant school and born between 1 September 2016 and 31 August 2017 will be moving up to junior school in September 2024.


September to December 2023 - open events

It’s important you find out about the schools you are interested in before you decide to put them on your application. You can list up to 6 schools when you apply.

Find my child a school place

Open events information is available on our school directory. Open events are the easiest way to see a school first hand. You may need to make an appointment.

1 November 2023 – applications open

You can apply for a primary school place (Reception or Year 3 at a Junior school)


12 January - infant to junior transfer

Latest date to hand in a paper application to your child's infant school - 9am.

15 January deadline - Primary school applications close at midnight

Buckinghamshire residents have until midnight on this date to submit their online primary school application.

If you are posting a paper application it must reach us no later than 15 January. All applicants must submit address evidence to accompany their application.

29 January deadline - this is the latest date for moving into Buckinghamshire

The latest date for moving into Buckinghamshire (and providing evidence) for us to use this address for the first round of allocations.

Some academies, foundation and voluntary-aided schools may have different deadlines.

16 April - National Offer Day

You will be able to view your school place offer.

Parents who applied online will receive an email from 11am showing the outcome of their application.

From 2pm the portal will be open for parents to view and accept their offer.

Parents who applied on a paper form will be emailed if an email address was provided.

2 July - School Transition Day

Children usually visit their new school

September 2024 - start of new school year

The new school year starts and children attend their new school