Starting reception/Transferring to junior school

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The first round for school applications opened on Wednesday 12 September 2018.

If you submitted your application by 15 January 2019, your child's school place offer will be available from the national offer date of 16 April 2019.

If you haven't yet applied for a primary/junior school place, you have until 10 May 2019 to apply in the second round.


Dates applications will be accepted from Closing date for applications Allocation process commences
First round of applications Wednesday 12 September 2018 Tuesday 15 January 2019 Tuesday 16 April 2019
Second round of applications Wednesday 16 January 2019 Tuesday 30 April 2019 Monday 13 May 2019

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Before you apply

Before you get started, it's important to check which year your children will be due to start school. Children born between:

  • 1 September 2014 - 31 August 2015 start school in September 2019
  • 1 September 2015 - 31 August 2016 start school in September 2020
  • 1 September 2016 - 31 August 2017 start school in September 2021
  • 1 September 2017 - 31 August 2018 start school in September 2022

If your child was born between 1 September 2011 and 31 August 2012 then they are due to transfer to Year 3 at Junior school in September 2019 if they are currently attending an Infant school.

Before applying for a school place, we recommend that you read our Admission Booklet. This will explain the application process from start to finish. The booklet also contains a list of all the Infant, Junior and Primary schools in the Peterborough City Council area, along with their allocation criteria.

Primary School Admission Booklet

Size: 1.88 MB File format: pdf

Proof of address guide

Size: 91.76 KB File format: pdf

Late Primary application form

Size: 175.90 KB File format: pdf

Information on how places were allocated at each primary/junior school for September 2019, as well as which schools were oversubscribed or have places remaining, can be found on our school allocation information sheet below.

Reception Allocation Information Sheets

Size: 192.82 KB File format: pdf

Junior Allocation Information Sheets

Size: 626.70 KB File format: pdf

We also encourage you to find out more about Peterborough schools by:

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Apply for an infant, junior or primary schools place

If you applied online, please log into your Parent Portal account to view your school place offer and accept your place online. School offer letters will also be sent to your child's home address, posted second class on 16 April 2019.

It is important that you accept the offer of your child's school place. If you do not, we reserve the right to withdraw that place in order to offer it to another child. You have until 30 April 2019 to accept the offer.

If you did not apply online or are accepting your place after the deadline of 30 April 2019, please contact the school offered directly to accept the place. Their contact details will be included in your offer letter.

Accepting a place at the school offered will not lessen your chance of being offered a place at your preferred school, either through the school's waiting list or through the appeals process.

Apply for a school place in the second round

If you are applying for a reception/junior school place during the second round of admissions, you must make your application using the form. The closing date for the second round is 30 April 2019.

If you have made an application in the first round, you can make any changes to  your preferences or address via our "Amendment Form" which can be found in the Parent Portal.

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Making changes to a school place for September 2019

Any changes to your application form received by midnight on 15 January 2019 will be considered in the 16 April 2019 allocation. Any submitted after this deadline and by 30 April 2019 will be considered in the second round of allocations, week commencing 13 May 2019.

Delaying admission

If your child is a ‘summer born’ and you prefer to delay admission to the following year September, your child would normally be considered for admission into Year 1 rather than the reception year. In exceptional circumstances, summer born children may be admitted to school in a different year group.

This is usually due to concerns in relation to a child’s development. If you are considering requesting to delay your summer born child's admission to Reception class to the following school year please read the guidance sheet.

Defering admission

If you choose to defer admission to later in the academic year, you must discuss it with your allocated school when you accept the school place. Where a place is deferred, it cannot be given to another child but you must enter school by the beginning of the school term following their fifth birthday and within the school year for which the offer was made.

The table below sets out the options: 

Child's birthday Options
1 September to 31 December (Autumn born) Child can attend full-time or part-time from September or defer admission until January
1 Jan to 31 March (Spring born) Child can attend full-time or part-time from September or defer admission until January or Easter
1 April to 31 August (Summer born) Child can attend full-time or part-time from September or defer admission until January or Easter

You need to make an application for a Reception class place even if your child currently attends a Nursery class at the same school.

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Admissions guidance for Special Schools

You can find detailed guidance about admissions for Special Schools on the education page of the Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND) section.

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