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.
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.
Application forms and supporting documents must be completed and returned by 15 January 2018.
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).
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.
Step 5: We offer you a place
We will tell you the outcome of your application on 16 April 2018.
Step 6: You accept or decline the place
You must accept or decline the place by 30 April 2018.
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.
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
1/1/2014 - 31/3/2014
1/4/2014 – 31/8/2014
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.