Guide to starting school or moving up to junior school

Last updated: 7 October 2021

Primary timeline for entry in 2022

Children born between 1 September 2017 and 31 August 2018 will be starting school in September 2022.

Children attending an infant school and born between 1 September 2014 and 31 August 2015 will be moving up to junior school in September 2022.


September to December 2021 - open events (these may be held virtually)

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.

3 November 2021 – applications open

You can apply for a primary school for primary school places.


14 January - infant to junior transfer

This is the last 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 3pm on this date. All applicants must submit address evidence to accompany their application.

31 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 when we consider your school preferences for the first round of allocations.

Some Academies, Foundation and Voluntary-Aided schools, may have different deadlines - check their rules. What to do if you are moving house

19 April - National Offer Day

Parents who applied online will be able to log in and view their offer. They will also be sent an email.

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

5 July - School Transition Day

Children usually visit their new school

September 2022 - start of new school year

The new school year starts and children attend their new school