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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 2014 and 31 August 2015 and want a place in a reception class in a state school in the 2019 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 2019
  • would like your child to attend a junior school in year 3 in September 2019

If you live in another council area, you should apply to that council even if you want a place in a Reading school. See our Useful Links for School Admissions at the bottom of this page for contact information for neighbouring councils.

Timetable for applications

By 12 September 2018 - guide for parents and carers added to this website

By 12 November 2018 - application information sent to parents/carers

12 November 2018 - 15 January 2019 - online admissions site opens

15 January 2019 - national closing date for applications

Before 2 February 2019 - 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)

By 4 April 2019 - Final co-ordination

16 April 2019 - Offer day (offer letters posted to Reading residents by 2nd class post)

16 April 2019 - Online applicants can view outcome of application

30 April 2019 - deadline for parents to accept

From 1 May 2019 - late applications for over-subscribed schools added to the waiting lists/change of preferences processed

21 May 2019 - closing date for receipt of appeals

31 August 2019 - Co-ordination with other LAs ends

Until at least 31 December 2019 - 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 you do not wish your child to start school in September 2019 or would like them to attend school on a part-time basis while they are still below statutory school age, you must still apply for the school place. Details on deferring, offsetting and part time admissions can be found in the pdf icon guide to deferring, offsetting and summer born children [118kb]. If you are a Reading resident and want to request an offset of your summer born child to September 2020, please read the pdf icon guidance for requesting a child be educated outside of their chronological age [165kb]. You must complete an application form as normal and also complete an word icon offset request form [87kb] and return it to the School Admissions Team, who will coordinate the request with all the schools you are applying for.

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

How to apply

You can apply online using our online service from 9am on 12 November 2018 until 11:59pm on 15 January 2019.

You can apply online using smart phones and tablets. pdf icon A guide of how to use the online service is available here [989kb].

If you are unable to apply online you can also complete our paper form. You will need to complete the pdf icon Primary form [471kb] for entry to reception and the pdf icon Junior form [480kb] for entry to a Junior school in Year 3. You can post this to the admissions team or return the form to your child's current school if your child attends a state Reading primary school.

If you apply online you will:

  • Find out the offer of a school place at 9am on 16th April 2019. Other applicants will need to wait for the letter which will be posted second class on 16th April 2019. 
  • Be able to change your preferences or preference order up until the 15th January 2019.
  • Receive an email confirming your application has been received. 

We aim to confirm receipt of paper applications within 15 school days of having received the form but this may not be possible in busy periods. If you have not had confirmed receipt by 1st February 2019 please do contact the team to check the admissions team have received your form. 

You need to read our pdf icon Primary School Admissions Guide [13Mb] before starting your application. If you are applying for a junior school or a school that admits children into year 3, then read our pdf icon guide to transfer from infant to junior school. [297kb]. These guides provide information on how your application will be considered for each school and each school's admission policy. If you would like a paper copy of this document, please contact the admissions team on 0118 9373777.

Green Park Village Academy will now not be opening in September 2019 and therefore it is no longer available to select as a preference for primary school entry 2019. Reading Borough Council are working with REAch2 and the Department of Education in regards to when it will open in the future.

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.

Open days

Information about schools open days can be found on the schools website.

How places are allocated

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

When applying you can list up to four schools, and your application for all the schools you list will be considered equally. No priority is given to how you have ranked the schools, so listing a school as your first preference does not mean that you have a better chance of gaining a place at that school. Equally, listing one preference only does not increase the chances of being allocated a place at that school. We would 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. 

In some cases, we may be able to offer a place at more than one of your preferred schools. Where this situation arises, we refer to your application form and offer a place at the school you listed highest in preference. This process is explained more fully in the guide on page 13. 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.

Please note: you have a 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 school place. 

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 over-subscription criteria and previous allocations, which is also available in the admissions guide. 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 there and could be allocated a school further away from your home. The same can be said for other schools, if you do not apply and a school is oversubscribed, you will not be considered. 

Supplementary forms

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

The following schools take into account religious affiliation in their over-subscription criteria. Please complete the form when applying if you think it applies to your child. Please post supplementary forms directly to the school.

pdf icon All Saints Infant School [538kb] and pdf icon All Saints Infants worship confirmation [424kb]

word icon Christ the King Catholic Primary School [114kb]

pdf icon English Martyrs Catholic Primary School [253kb]

pdf icon New Christ Church (CE) Primary School [361kb]

pdf icon St Anne's Catholic Primary School [314kb]

word icon St John's (CE) Primary School [48kb]

pdf icon St Martin's Catholic Primary School [319kb]

pdf icon St Mary and All Saints (CE) Primary School [481kb] and pdf icon St Mary and All Saints (CE) Primary School worship confirmation [81kb]

Pupil premium

Reading Borough Council community schools give priority (within oversubscription categories 1 to 5 and 7) to children in receipt of Early Years Pupil Premium or Pupil Premium.

To be considered for this, you need to complete a pdf icon supplementary information form [348kb] which must be signed by the child's current school or nursery. Please return this form to the School Admissions Team by 2 February 2019. Forms received after this date will only be given priority after 2 May when most schools will be full.

The school admissions team cannot award this priority without completion of the supplementary form. Please call the admissions team if you would like further information or speak to your child's nursery setting. 

Schools in other authorities may also have a supplementary form. Please see the website of the local authority in which the school is situated for more information if you are considering applying for these schools.

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. 

Our school search allows you to  find your catchment area school but it does not include schools from neighbouring council areas for which you may be in catchment - for more details, see the admissions guide. Not all addresses do have a catchment area school.

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 an EHC Plan to support their special needs, you must apply through the SEN team and we would advise you to discuss their primary school transfer with your case officer as your application will be considered differently. You may wish to speak to your SEN case officer for more information.

Applications to other year groups

Information on applications to other year groups that aren't part of routine admissions are known as in-year admissions.

School transport

Help with school transport and costs

Useful links

Neighbouring local authorities contact details

Bracknell Forest Borough Council - 01344 354 023/354 144 or
Buckinghamshire County Council - 01296 395 000 or
Hampshire County Council - 0300 555 1377 or
Oxfordshire County Council - 01865 815 175 or
Royal Borough of Windsor and Maidenhead Council - 01628 683 870 or
Slough Borough Council - 01753 875 728 or
West Berkshire Council - 01635 519 780 or
Wokingham Borough Council - 0118 974 6000 or

Other useful telephone numbers can be found in the pdf icon Starting at Primary School Guide for Parents and Carers 2019/20 [13Mb].


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