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Primary and junior school admissions

School admissions portal

Make a late primary/junior school application

Accept or decline a primary school place

In order to complete the online acceptance form, you must wait until you receive your offer letter and use the student ID number.

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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.

If you applied online, you will receive an email enabling you 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 their application form. This letter will include information about how to accept or decline the school place offered. Find out what to do when you have received your offer.

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 2019 - 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 may start school on a full time basis from the September following their fourth birthday. However, they are not legally required 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 apply for a school place even where your child attends the nursery of your preferred school.

Should you wish to defer your child's admission until January or April, or have them start school on a part-time basis, you must discuss this with your allocated school.

How to apply

If your child lives in Reading and you have not yet applied, have changed address or if you have changed your mind about your preferred schools, please complete our late application form

Please read our pdf icon Primary School Admissions Guide [13Mb] before starting your application. This guide provides information on how your application is considered together with details on the admissions policy for each school. If you would like a paper copy of this document, please contact your child's current school/nursery or 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 admissions policy and, where there are more applications than available places, allocations will be made according to the published oversubscription criteria of the school (details of which may be found in our guide).

When making your initial application, you may list up to four schools. However, after National Offer Day, you may add more schools should you choose to do so. 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 the likelihood of our being able to offer a school for which you have a preference. If we cannot offer any of your preferences, we will allocate a place at your catchment area school, if it has spaces available. If this is not possible, we will offer a place at your closest Reading school with availability.

Although you have the right to list preferred schools, where there are more applicants to a school than spaces available, places will be allocated in accordance with the oversubscription criteria of the school. The local authority has a duty to allocate preferred schools only where this is possible. Where it is not possible, you will be offered a reasonable alternative.

In view of the above, you should think carefully about the likelihood of your child being 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 it becomes full with those who applied, you will not receive a place. The same is true for other schools, if you do not list them and they are 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.

School offers

Which school has my child been offered?

If you apply online, you will be able to access the online service to see your school offer after 9am on that day. All applicants will be sent a formal offer letter posted second class to the home address given in their application. This letter will contain information on how to accept or decline the place 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

pdf icon Admissions to Community Primary Schools 2019 [98kb]

pdf icon Admissions to Junior Schools 2019 [28kb]

pdf icon Admissions to Voluntary Aided and Academy Schools 2019 [26kb]

Places were allocated according to the published admission policy of the Admission Authority as detailed in the pdf icon Primary School Admissions Guide [13Mb].

You can get information about oversubscribed 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 should accept the place as soon as possible. To do this, you must wait until you have received your offer letter by post as it contains the student ID number required to complete the acceptance form.

If you have not responded by 1 May we will write to you again and, if you do not respond within seven days, your offered 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 a place their first preference school or, in some cases, at any of their preference schools. How we deal with oversubscription is explained in our pdf icon Primary School Admissions Guide [13Mb].

Reading Borough Council has a duty to offer a school place to all children living in Reading.  If we have not offered your child one of the preferences you listed in your application, we will have offered a place at either your designated (or catchment) 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 will offer one at an out-of-borough school. This is done in conjunction with the appropriate local authority.

Where you have not been offered a preferred school, we still advise you accept the place you have been offered. Accepting this 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 wish to change or add schools to your list of preferences, please complete a late application form as well as accepting the place you have been offered. Late applications replace any previous application. When submitting a late application, please list 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.

Accept your school place - you will need the student ID number given in your offer letter.

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

If you no longer need your offered place because you are moving out of the borough or your child will be attending an independent school, please decline the school place, so that it may be offered to another child. 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. These will be available from 1st May 2019. Waiting lists are ranked using the oversubscription criteria of the school in question and not by the length of time a child has been 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 are required to hold waiting lists until the end of December 2019. Community schools in Reading keep their waiting lists until July 2020.

Your child's position on a waiting list is not affected by your accepting another school place.


You have the right to appeal the decision not to offer your child a place at your preferred school. If you wish to lodge an appeal, you should do so by 21 May in order that it may be heard alongside others for that school. In the meantime, we strongly advise that you accept the place offered as it will not affect any appeal decision. More information on the appeals process.

Accept the school place - you will need the student ID number given in your offer letter.

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 school.admissions@bracknell-forest.gov.uk
Buckinghamshire County Council - 01296 395 000 or admissions@buckscc.gov.uk
Hampshire County Council - 0300 555 1377 or admissions.team@hants.gov.uk
Oxfordshire County Council - 01865 815 175 or admissions.schools@oxfordshire.gov.uk
Royal Borough of Windsor and Maidenhead Council - 01628 683 870 or school.admissions@rbwm.gov.uk
Slough Borough Council - 01753 875 728 or admissionshelpline@slough.gov.uk
West Berkshire Council - 01635 519 780 or admissions@westberks.gov.uk
Wokingham Borough Council - 0118 974 6000 or admissions@wokingham.gov.uk

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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