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Primary and Junior School Admissions

Please apply to us for 2017 primary admissions if you live in Reading (ie pay council tax to us) and have a child born between 1 September 2012 and 31 August 2013 and want a place at a state school in a reception class. You will also need to apply if your child is at an infant-only school or you want your child to attend a junior school in year 3.

Your application should be made to the local authority you live in, even if one or more of your preferred schools in in a different local authority area.

Which school has my child been offered?

If you applied online, you will receive an email. We also send all applicants a formal offer letter (posted second class) to the home address provided in the application. This letter will give information about how to accept or decline the place offered.

Timetable for applications

By 11 November 2016 - application packs sent to primary schools

11 November 2016 - online application system opens

15 January 2017 - closing date for applications

18 April 2017 - national offer day for on-time applications

2 May 2017 - deadline to accept offered place

2 May 2017 - late applications processed

22 May 2017 - deadline for appeals to be lodged

June/July 2017 - appeals heard

31 August 2017 - admissions round ends

How to apply

All on-time applications have now been processed and every child has been offered a place. If your child lives in Reading and you: 

  • have not yet applied
  • have changed your mind about your preferred schools
  • want to be added to the waiting list of a school you did not list on your application

Please download and complete a word icon Primary - late application form [59kb] or word icon Junior - late application form [227kb].

You should read our pdf icon Primary School Admissions Guide [3Mb] or pdf icon Junior School Admissions Guide [203kb] before starting your application. The guides explain the allocation process and the admission policies of each school. You can get paper copies of the guides through your child's current school or from the admissions team (0118 9373777).

Certain schools require that you complete a supplementary form in addition to your Reading Borough Council application.

Child's age

Children can start full-time at school from the September after their fourth birthday. However they do not legally have to be in full-time education until the beginning of the term after their fifth birthday. 

If you do not wish your child to start school in September 2017 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.

You will find full details on deferring, offsetting and part-time admissions in the guides.

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.

Open days

Visiting any schools you are interested in could help you decide which ones to include in your application. Please contact the schools or view their websites to find out more. 

Supplementary forms

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.

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 [233kb]

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]

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.

Pupil Premium

Pupil Premium gives schools extra funding to raise the attainment of disadvantaged pupils by assisting families to receive places at oversubscribed schools. 

Community schools in Reading use this to prioritise students who are eligible for Pupil Premium, ie a child in receipt of Pupil Premium who is outside the catchment area of their chosen school will receive priority over child who is also outside the catchment area but is not eligible for the premium.

Eligibility criteria:

  • Children eligible for free school meals at any point in the past six years
  • Looked after children who have been looked after for one day or more
  • Adopted children
  • Children who have left care under a Special Guardianship Order or a Residence Order

If your child is eligible you should complete a word icon Supplementary Information form [164kb] which must be signed by the child's current school or nursery. 

How places are allocated

If there are more applications than places available, the places will be allocated according to the over-subscription criteria of that particular school which are listed in the admissions guide.

When you apply you can list up to four schools. Each school you list will be considered equally with no priority given to how you have ranked the schools. Therefore, if you only list one school you do not increase the chances of being allocated a place at that school. If we are able to offer a place at more than one of your chosen schools, we will offer the higher preference.

We recommend that you list four schools as this increases our chances of being able to offer a school you have chosen. 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 there are no schools in Reading with spaces, we may approach another authority for available spaces.

pdf icon How places have been allocated [124kb]

Find out your school offer

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, you must still apply in the same way, but your application will be considered in a different way. You should talk to your case officer, contact the Information, Advice and Support Service for SEND and read our pdf icon SEN guide [430kb] about applying.

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