Starting Reception / Transferring to Junior school

Apply for an Infant, Junior or Primary schools place

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

If your child was born between 1 September 2014 and 31 August 2015, they are due to start school in September 2019.

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.

You must make an application for your child's school place and you will need to apply using our online system.

Before you apply

Before applying for a school place, we recommend that you read our admissions guide. 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

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Primary Allocation Information - April 2018

Size: 64.77 KB File format: pdf

Proof of address guide

Size: 82.51 KB File format: pdf

Junior Allocation Information - April 2018

Size: 104.57 KB File format: pdf

The parents and carers guide will help you choose the right school and understand how the application process works. The guide provides a profile of all of Peterborough infant, junior and primary schools alongside information about admission arrangements. 

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

Apply for a place in Reception or Year 3

To apply for a school place, please log into our online Parent Portal facility, by clicking on the green button.

If you don't already have an existing portal account, you can register for a new account.

The first round of applications will open on Wednesday 12 September 2018 and close on 15 January 2019. Please view our timetable below.

Dates applications will be accepted from Closing date for applications Date offers will be made
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

When does your child need 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

Please see the section below for making changes to an already submitted application.

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. 

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

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.

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 below.

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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