Primary school admissions are now open

Choosing the right school for your child

Primary, infant and junior school admissions for 2023 are now open as of 31 October. If you're a parent or carer with a child who was born between 1 September 2018 and 31 August 2019 (or if your child is leaving Year 2 of an infant school in July 2023) they will be due to start school in September 2023 and you have until 15 January 2023 to apply for their school place.

If you miss the deadline, you'll reduce the chances of getting one of your preferred schools for your child.

Here is everything you need to know about the school's application process.

How to apply

The online admissions system web page is quick, easy to use and available all day, every day and you'll receive the outcome of your application by email.

Take a look below to discover the full admissions process step-by-step.

  1. Research and choose schools
  2. Complete the application form
  3. Complete any supplementary forms
  4. Applications are assessed
  5. You child is offered a place
  6. You accept or decline the place

You can find more information on each step, and what to do if you don't get a place at your preferred school, on the online admissions system web page.

The first step is a crucial part of the process, so we've provided our top tips for researching schools below.

Top tips for researching primary schools

Choosing a primary, infant or junior school to apply for is a big decision, and it's important to find the right one for your child.

Researching schools is an important first step in the admissions process, so we've created a list of key things you should think about when exploring your options.

What is the school's admissions criteria?

Admissions criteria will vary from school to school. You can check the admission criteria for primary schools in our school admission booklets, which can be found on our school admissions booklet web page or on the school's own website. Consider how these may affect your chances of being offered a place.

Many schools base their admission criteria on the distance between your home and the school, and priority is usually given to siblings, so do a bit of research first to find out what your options really are. You'll find an admission policy on most school websites.

Where is the school and how will your child get there?

It's important to think about how your child will be getting to school. You can find schools in your area on our directory of Surrey schools web page, and you can check a school's approximate distance to your home on our school map web page.

It's also worth checking if you'll be eligible for travel assistance. To check eligibility, visit our schools transport web page.

What are their policies and achievements?

You can find basic information on each school including contact details, links to the school's website, Ofsted results, and admissions and appeals information, on our directory of Surrey schools web page.

You can also find details of their policies, achievements, and assessment results on the school's website, as well as their prospectus.

Have you been to an open day or evening?

If you are able to, we highly recommend visiting all the schools that you are considering applying for. Most open days are held in the Autumn term and you can find details of open days on their website.

On your visit, take a look around the facilities, go to the headteacher's presentation, and talk to the teachers. If the school allows it, take your child along with you so you can gauge their reaction to the school. After all, it's all about finding the right fit for your child.

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