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Primary and junior school admissions

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Please apply to Reading Borough council if you live in Reading and:

  • you have a child born between 1 September 2013 and 31 August 2014 and want a place in a reception class in a state school in the 2018 school year, or
  • you have a child currently in an infant-only school who will transfer to year 3 of a primary or junior school in September 2018
  • would like your child to attend a junior school in year 3 in September 2018

If you live in another council area, you should apply to that council even if you want a place in a Reading school. 

If you applied online, you will receive an email and be able to access the online service from 9am on Monday 16 April to see the outcome of your application. We will also send all applicants a formal offer letter, posted second class to the home address provided on the application. This letter will include information about how to accept or decline the place that has been offered. Find out what to do when you have received your offer.

Timetable for applications

By 12 September 2017 - guide for parents and carers added to this website

By 13 November 2017 - application information sent to parents/carers

13 November 2017 - online admissions site opens

15 January 2018 - national closing date for applications

Before 2 February 2018 - late/change of preference applications accepted for good reasons

16 April 2018 - national offer day (online applicants can view their offer and offer letters are posted by second class mail)

30 April 2018 - deadline for parents to accept

From 1 May 2018 - late applications for over-subscribed schools added to the waiting lists/change of preferences processed

15 May 2018 - deadline for appeals to be lodged

June/July 2018 - appeals heard

31 August 2018 - admissions round ends

Until at least 31 December 2018 - waiting lists held for Reading schools

Who should apply

Children can start full time at school from the September after their fourth birthday. However, children do not legally have to start full time until the beginning of the term after their fifth birthday. If your child is below statutory school age and you do not wish them to start in September 2018 or would like them to attend on a part time basis, you must still apply. Details on deferring, offsetting and part time admissions can be found in the pdf icon guide for parents and carers [3Mb].

You must apply for a school place even if your child attends nursery.

If you wish to defer your admission to January or April or start school on a part time basis, you should discuss this with your allocated school.

How to apply

If your child lives in Reading and you have not yet applied, you have changed address or if you have changed your mind about your preferred schools, please download and complete our word icon late primary application form [168kb] or word icon late junior application form [228kb].

Please read our pdf icon Primary School Admissions Guide [3Mb] before making your application. This guide provides information on how your application will be considered for each school and each schools' admission policy. If you would like a paper copy of this document, please contact your child's current school or contact the admissions team on 0118 9373777.

Please note that some schools also have a supplementary form that you may wish to complete as well as your application to us. Please see below for more information.

How places are allocated

All schools have an admission policy and if there are more applications than places available, the places will be allocated to the published over-subscription criteria of the school which are listed in the guide.

When applying you can list up to four schools but you can add more schools after the offer date if you wish. Your application for all the schools you list will be considered equally. No priority is given to how you have ranked the schools. Listing a school as your first preference does not mean you have a better chance of gaining a place at that school. Equally, listing only one preference does not increase your chances of being allocated a place at that school.

We recommend that you do list four schools as this increases our chances of being able to offer a school for which you have a preference. If we cannot offer any of your preferences we will allocate your catchment area school, if it has places available, or the closest school in Reading with spaces if your catchment school is full.

You have the right to list preferred schools, but the places at the schools will be allocated in accordance with the schools' oversubscription criteria if there are more applicants than spaces available. There is only a duty on the local authority to allocate preferred schools where possible, if these schools are full you will be offered a reasonable alternative.

You should think carefully about how likely it is that your child will be offered a place at the schools you list, bearing in mind the oversubscription criteria and previous allocations. Places are not reserved for students at their catchment area school. If you do not list your catchment area school and this school becomes full from those who applied, you will not receive a place. The same is true for other schools, if you do not list them and the school is oversubscribed, you will not be considered.

Supplementary forms

Some schools have a form that you may wish to complete as well as the local authority school application form.

Pupil premium

Community schools give priority for those receiving pupil premium.

Schools in other authorities may also have a supplementary form. 

Religious affiliation

pdf icon All Saints Infant School [532kb] and pdf icon All Saints Infant School - confirmation of church attendance [422kb]

pdf icon Christ the King Catholic Primary School [240kb]

pdf icon English Martyrs Catholic Primary School [253kb]

pdf icon New Christ Church (CE) Primary School [30kb]

pdf icon St Anne's Catholic Primary School [92kb]

pdf icon St John's (CE) Primary School [119kb]

pdf icon St Martin's Catholic Primary School [307kb]

pdf icon St Mary and All Saints (CE) Primary School [481kb]

Catchment areas

Find your catchment area school

Your catchment area school(s) (also known as designated area school(s)) is the one for which your address has priority. You should consider including it in your application, although there is no guarantee you will get a place there. The admissions guide gives more details. You may have more than one catchment area school.

Some schools do not have a catchment area so will not show on this map. These schools are:

  • Battle Primary Academy
  • St John's Primary School
  • St Martins Primary School
  • St Anne's Primary School
  • Meadow Park Academy
  • Christ the King Catholic Primary School
  • English Martyrs Catholic Primary School
  • New Christchurch
  • Civitas Academy 

Civitas Academy, The Palmer and Ranikhet schools have abolished their catchment areas for 2018 entry but they still show on the catchment area map in the admissions guide. We apologise for any inconvenience this may cause.

Children with special educational needs

If your child has special needs (SEN) but does not have a statement or education, health and care (EHC) plan or statement, they will be considered for a place at your preferred school in the same way as any other child.

If your child has a statement or EHC plan, we advise you to discuss their school application with your case officer as your application will be considered in a different way.

You may find our pdf icon SEN guide [430kb] of use or you may wish to call the Special Needs Helpline on 0118 937 2674.

Applications to other year groups

These are known as in-year admissions

School transport

Help with school transport and costs

Neighbouring local authorities contact details

Bracknell Forest borough council - 01344 354023/354144 or
Buckinghamshire county council - 01296 383250 or
Hampshire council council - 0300 5551377 or
Oxfordshire county council - 0345 241 2487 or
Royal borough of Windsor and Maidenhead council - 01628 683870 or
Slough borough council - 01753 875728 or
West Berkshire council - 01635 519771 or
Wokingham borough council - 0118 9746000 or

School offers

If you apply online, you will be able to access the online service to see your school offer. All applicants will be sent a formal offer letter posted second class to the home address given in the application. This letter will contain information on how to accept or decline the place that has been offered.

If you applied using a paper form, please note that we will not give out your offer information by phone, you will have to wait for your letter to arrive.

How places have been allocated

Places have been allocated according to the published admission policy of the Admission Authority as detailed in the pdf icon Primary School Admissions Guide [3Mb].

You can get information about over-subscribed schools outside Reading by contacting the appropriate local authority:

Accepting the place offered

If you are happy with the school your child has been offered, you need to accept the place as soon as possible. To do this, you will need the student ID number given on your letter so please wait until you have received this.

If you have not responded by 1 May, we will write to you again and if you do not respond within seven days, the place may be withdrawn.

If you do not want to accept the place your child has been offered

Due to high demand for some schools, it is not always possible to allocate children to their first preference school or, in some cases, at any school listed as a preference. How we deal with oversubscription is explained in our pdf icon Primary School Admissions Guide [3Mb].

Reading Borough Council has a duty to offer a school place to all children living in Reading. If we have not offered your child at one of the preferences you listed in your application, we will have offered a place either at your designated primary school (if there are places available) or at the closest Reading school to your home address with places available. If we have not been able to offer a reasonable place in Reading, we have offered one at an out-of-borough school, this has been done in conjunction with the appropriate local authority.

Even if it is not at your preferred school, we advise you to accept the place Opens new window you have been offered. Accepting the place will not affect your position on a waiting list or your chances of winning an appeal. If you decline the place we will only withdraw it if you have an offer of a place at an alternative school.

If you want to change or add schools to your list of preference please complete a word icon late application form [168kb] as well as accepting the place you have been offered. You will need the student ID number provided in your offer letter. Please indicate on the form all the schools whose waiting lists you wish to be on (including any from your original application). This will help the admissions team to see your order of preference.

My child doesn't need the place they've been offered 

If you no longer need your place because you are moving out of the borough or your child has a place at an independent school, please decline the school place, so that it can be offered to someone else. To do this, you will need the student ID number provided in your offer letter.

Please note that we will only withdraw your offer if you have secured a place elsewhere - you will be asked to confirm this on the form.

Waiting lists

Your child will automatically be added to the waiting list of all your higher preference schools, unless you tell us otherwise. Waiting lists are ranked using the oversubscription criteria of that school and not by length of time on the waiting list. This means your child's position on the waiting list may change as applications are added or places are offered.

Voluntary Aided schools have to hold waiting lists until the end of December 2018 and community schools in Reading keep their waiting lists until July 2019.

Your child's position on a waiting list is not affected when you accept another school place. 


You have the right to appeal against the decision not to offer your child a place at your preferred school. If you do wish to appeal, you should do this by 15th May to be heard alongside the others for that school. We strongly advise that you accept the place offered in the meantime as it will not affect the appeal decision. You will need the student ID number given in your offer letter.

More information on the appeals process



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