Primary 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.
If you live in another local authority area you should apply to that council even if the school is in the Reading area.
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
17 April 2017 - national offer day for on-time applications
2 May 2017 - deadline to accept offered place
2 May 2017 - late applications processed
16 May 2017 - deadline for appeals to be lodged
June/July 2017 - appeals heard
31 August 2017 - admissions round ends
How to apply
You can apply online using our online service from 9am on 11 November 2016 to 11.59pm on 15 January 2017.
Benefits of applying online:
- You will find out school place offered earlier - from 9am on 17 April 2017, postal applicants will have to wait for the offer letter which will be sent by second class post on 17 April.
- You will be able to change your preference or preference order up until 15 January 2017.
- You will receive an email confirming your application has been received.
If you are unable to apply online you can complete our paper form. You will need to post the form to the admissions team or give it to your child's current nursery if the nursery is in Reading. We aim to confirm receipt of paper applications within 15 school days of our receiving it but this may not be possible in busy periods. If you have not received any confirmation by 1 February 2017 please contact the admissions team (0118 9373777 or email@example.com) to check we have received your form.
You should read our Primary School Admissions Guide [3Mb] or Junior School Admissions Guide [262kb] before starting your application. The guides explain the allocation process and the admission policies of each school. You can get a paper copy of the guides through your child's current school or the admissions team (0118 9373777).
Some schools ask you to complete a supplementary form as well as your application to us.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
- 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 Supplementary Information form [164kb] which must be signed by the child's current school or nursery. Please return this to the admissions team by 2 February 2017, forms received after this date will only be given priority after 2 May when most schools will be full.
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. 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.
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 SEN guide [430kb] about applying.
In this area
- Term dates
- Attending school
- In-year admissions
- About our schools
- Primary School Admissions
- Secondary school admissions
- Admission Appeals
- School admission arrangements 2017
- Primary schools in Reading
- Secondary schools in Reading
- Help with school transport and costs
- Disabilities & Special Educational Needs (SEN)