Starting school – reception 2024

When to apply for a primary school place for your child and guidance about starting school.

If your child was born between 1 September 2019 and 31 August 2020, they will be starting reception in primary school from September 2024.

The application process opened on 1 September 2023 and closes on 15 January 2024. The national offer day is 16 April 2024.

The eAdmission site is open for you to register your details and to make an application for a reception place.

Download the eAdmissions application guidance notes (pdf 814KB).

Apply for a school place

If there are exceptional circumstances as to why you are unable to submit your application before the closing date, you must indicate this when you apply, or you may provide your reasons by emailing as soon as possible. If your application is late, your child will not be considered for an offer on national offer day but will wait until second round of offers.

Starting school brochure

The annual Starting school brochure provides you with information about schools in the area as well as a useful guide on how to apply for a school.

Hints and tips leaflets

Please make use of our new hints and tips leaflets.

Late applications

Late application can still be made for a reception place on the eAdmission website which remains open until the middle of August 2024. However, offers to late applicants will not be considered until the second round of offers after the national offer day.

If you have any queries about how your application will be considered, speak to the school admissions team on 020 8753 1085.

Deferment for summer-born children

Applying for deferment for your summer-born child? Print, complete and submit this admission deferral form (pdf 140KB) to the school admissions team.


You have the right to appeal against a school's decision not to offer a place to your child.

Academy, free or church schools manage their own admission appeals while School Admissions manage the appeals for community schools.

View the deadline for making appeals.

Contact us

020 8753 1085

3rd Floor
145 King Street
W6 9XY

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