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Apply for a place at a primary, infant or junior school


Starting primary, infant or junior school in September 2018

If your child:

  • was born between 1 September 2013 and 31 August 2014 or
  • is leaving Year 2 of an infant school in July 2018

then you should follow the steps on this page. See also when can my child start school?

If your child is already in primary education and needs to change schools outside the normal admissions period (for example, if you're moving), you should apply for an in-year admission instead.


Summary of the application process

There are seven steps in the application process:

Step 1: Research and choose schools to apply for

You research and choose the schools that you want to apply for. You can apply for up to four schools. You may also want to check if your child will be eligible for free home to school transport at your chosen schools.

You should try to do this as early as possible.

More about researching and choosing schools


Step 2: Complete the application form

  • You complete the application form and return it to the local authority where you live.
  • You submit supporting documents with your application form if you are applying under exceptional social or medial criteria.

You can apply from 30 October 2017.

Application forms and supporting documents must be completed and returned by 15 January 2018.

Read our guidance on completing the application form and supporting documents.


Step 3: Complete any supplementary forms

Some schools also ask for a supplementary form in addition to the application form. Check our directory of Surrey schools to find out if a school asks for a supplementary form and download the form.

Where a supplementary form is needed, you must complete and return this to the school by their closing date (this will be marked on the form).

More about supplementary forms


Step 4: Applications are assessed

Applications are ranked according to each school’s criteria. We then determine the best offer that can be made based on the order of preferences on your application form.

More about how applications are assessed


Step 5: We offer you a place

We will tell you the outcome of your application on 16 April 2018.

More about how and when we offer you a place


Step 6: You accept or decline the place

You must accept or decline the place by 30 April 2018.

More about how to accept or decline a place


Step 7: If you don’t get a place at your preferred school

If you are unhappy with the school place that has been offered, you can appeal. For Surrey schools you must do this by the dates shown in the appeals timetable or the dates set out against each school in our directory of Surrey schools.

You can also add your child’s name to the waiting list for your preferred school.

More about waiting lists and appeals


When can my child start school?

In Surrey your child can start school at the beginning of the school year following their fourth birthday. By law they must be in full time education by the start of the school term following their fifth birthday.

Child’s birth date

Can start school from

Can defer entry until

Must legally be in full time  education by

1/9/2013 - 31/12/2013

September 2018

January 2019

January 2019

1/1/2014 - 31/3/2014

September 2018

April 2019

April 2019

1/4/2014 – 31/8/2014

September 2018

April 2019

September 2019

You may choose for your child to start school full or part time or to defer entry until your child reaches the legal age but you cannot defer entry beyond the beginning of the final term of the academic year for which you have been offered a place. This means that if your child was born between 1 April 2014 and 31 August 2014, they must take up their school place by April 2019. If they do not, then the place will be withdrawn and you will have to apply for an in-year place for the following year (but see also our information on admission of children outside their normal age group).

If you wish to defer taking up your child's school place until later in the year or if you wish them to start part time, you must still apply by the deadline, and then discuss this with the school's headteacher once you have been offered a place.

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