Primary and Junior School Admissions September 2020

Please apply to Reading School Admissions, managed by Brighter Futures for Children, if you live in the Borough of Reading and one of the following applies:

  • You have a child born between 1 September 2015 and 31 August 2016 and would like a place in the Reception class of a state primary school in the 2020 school year.
  • Your child is currently in an infant-only school and will transfer to Year 3 of a junior school in September 2020.
  • You would like your child to start at junior school in Year 3 in September 2020.

If you live in another council area, you should apply to that council even if you want a place in a Reading school.  Contact information for neighbouring councils is listed at the bottom of this page.

Timetable for applications

Guide for Parents and Carers made available on Brighter Futures for Children website By 12 September 2019
Reading Parents/Carers to receive application information (if they attend a Reading nursery/pre-school/ childminder) By 12 November 2019
Online admissions site open 12 November 2019 – 15 January 2020
Closing date for applications 15 January 2020
National Offer Day for on time Applications – offer letters posted to Reading residents. Online applicants can view outcome of application. NB. letters are sent by 2nd Class post 16 April 2020
Deadline for parents to accept 30 April 2020
Late applications processed From 1 May 2020
Closing date for receipt of appeals 15 May 2020
Appeals to be heard if submitted by 15 May 2020 June – July 2020
Admissions round ends 31st August 2020

Who should apply?

Children can start full-time at school from the September following their fourth birthday.  However, they are not legally required to start full-time until the beginning of the term following their fifth birthday (i.e. statutory school age).

If you do not want your child to start school in September 2020 the following options are available:

  • Defer their place up to (but not beyond) the point at which they reach compulsory school age.
  • Offset your child to start in Reception in 2021 instead of September 2020 (i.e. outside the year group suggested by their date of birth).

In each of the above cases you must still submit an application as if they were to start school in September 2020.

You may also request that your child starts school on a part-time basis. However, this cannot continue beyond the point at which your child reaches statutory school age.

Further details on deferring and offsetting can be found in the Defer Offset Leaflet. If you are a Reading resident and wish to request an offset for your summer-born child to September 2021, please read the Educated Outside of Age Group Guidance. You must complete an application form as normal and additionally complete an Offset Request Form and return it to the school admissions team, who will coordinate the request with all the schools to which you are applying.

You must apply for a school place even if your child already attends the nursery of your preferred school.

How to apply

You can apply online between 9.00am on 12 November 2019 and 11:59pm on 15 January 2020. The online service can be accessed via computer, tablet and mobile phone with an internet connection.

A link to the application form will be made available on this page. You may find our guide on how to use the online application form helpful.

If you are unable to apply online please contact the Brighter Futures for Children school admissions team to request a paper form, on 0118 937 3777. You can post your completed form to the school admissions team or return the form to your child’s current nursery if your child attends the nursery class of a state primary school within Reading Borough.

Benefits of applying online:

  • You will find out your offer of a school place from 9am on 16 April 2020. Other applicants must wait for their offer letter which will be posted by second class mail on 16 April 2020.
  • You may amend your preferences (or preference order) up until the 15 January 2020.
  • Applicants are sent an email confirming their application has been received.

We aim to confirm receipt of paper applications within 15 school days, however, this may not be possible during busy periods. If we have not confirmed receipt of your application by 1 February 2020, please contact the school admissions team.

You should read our Primary School Admissions Guide before starting your application. The guide provides information on how your application will be considered for each school and contains details of the admission policies of Reading schools. If you would like a paper copy of the guide, please contact the school admissions team on 0118 937 3777.

Please note that some schools also have a supplementary information form (SIF) that you may wish to complete in addition to your application to us. Please see the Supplementary Information Form (SIF) section below for more information.

Open Days

Information about school open days can be found on the relevant school’s website.

How places are allocated

All schools have an admission policy and, where there are more applications than places, allocations will be made according to the published oversubscription criteria of the school. These are listed in the Primary School Admissions Guide.

On your application form, you may list up to four preferred schools. All the preferences you list will be considered equally. No priority is given to how you rank the schools – listing a school as your first preference will not affect your chances of gaining a place at that school. Equally, listing only one preference will not increase the likelihood of your child being allocated a place at that school. We recommend that you list four schools in order to increase the probability of our being able to offer a school for which you have a preference.

In some cases, we may be able to offer a place at more than one of your preferred schools. Where this situation arises, we refer to your application form and offer a place at the school you listed highest in preference. This process is explained more fully in the guide. If we cannot offer any of your preferred schools, we will allocate your catchment area school (if it has places available). Where this is not possible, we will allocate a place at the school in Reading closest to your home address and with spaces available.

Please note: whilst you have a right to list preferred schools, where there are more applicants than spaces available, places will be allocated in accordance with a school’s oversubscription criteria. The local authority only has a duty to allocate preferred schools where possible. If we cannot offer a place at your preferred school(s), you will be offered a reasonable alternative school place.

You should think carefully about the likelihood of your child being offered a place at the school(s) you list, bearing in mind oversubscription criteria and allocations in previous years (details of which are available in the Primary School Admissions Guide).

Places are not reserved for students at their catchment area school. If you did not list your catchment area school and it becomes full, you will not receive a place there and may be allocated a school further from your home. The same is true for other schools: if you do not list a school and it is oversubscribed, you will not be considered.

Supplementary Information Forms (SIFs)

Some schools have their own form which you may wish to complete in addition to the local authority school application form:

The following schools take into account religious affiliation in their oversubscription criteria. Please complete the SIF (if you think it applies to your child) and return it directly to the school in question.

Reading community schools give priority (within oversubscription categories 1 to 6 and 8) to children in receipt of Early Years Pupil Premium or Pupil Premium.

To be considered for the pupil premium priority, you must complete a supplimentary information form which should be signed or stamped by the child’s current early years provider or infant school. Please return this form to the school admissions team by 2 February 2020. Forms received after this date will only be given priority after 2 May 2020, when most schools will be full.

Schools in other authorities may also have a supplementary form. Please see the website of the local authority in which your preferred school is situated for more information.

The school admissions team cannot award EYPP priority without completion of the Supplementary Form. Please call the team if you would like further information, or speak to your child’s early years provider.

Catchment Area Schools

Your catchment area school (also known as designated area school) is the one for which your address has priority. You should always consider including your catchment school on your application, although it does not guarantee that you will get a place there. Some addresses in Reading may have more than one catchment area school. The Primary School Admissions Guide gives more details.

The MyReading website includes a school search which shows your catchment area school based on your address, but it does not include schools in neighbouring council areas for which you may be in catchment. Please note that not all addresses have a catchment area school.

School Offers

16 April 2020 is National Offer Day for primary and junior schools. If you apply online, you will receive an email and be able to access the online service to see the outcome of your application after 9am that day. We will also send all applicants a formal offer letter, posted second class, to the home address provided in their application. This letter will include information about accepting or declining the place offered.

If you applied using a paper form we will not be able to give out information on the details of your offer by telephone – you must wait until you receive your letter. If you would like to be able to find out the place offered to your child on offer day you should apply online.

Children with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND)

If your child has special needs, but does not have an Education, Health and Care Plan (EHCP) 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 EHCP to support their special needs, you should apply through the SEND team and discuss their primary school transfer with your case officer as your application will be considered differently. You may wish to speak to your SEND case officer for more information.

Applications to Other Year Groups

Information on applications to other year groups that are not part of routine admissions can be found on our in-year admissions page.

School Transport

Information regarding home-to-school transport can be found on our school transport page.

Neighbouring Local Authorities

Bracknell Forest Borough Council 01344 354 023 or 01344 354 144 school.admissions@bracknell-forest.gov.uk
Buckinghamshire County Council 01296 395 000 admissions@buckscc.gov.uk
Hampshire County Council 0300 555 1377 admissions.team@hants.gov.uk
Oxfordshire County Council 01865 815 175 admissions.schools@oxfordshire.gov.uk
Royal Borough of Windsor & Maidenhead Council 01628 683870 rbwm.admissions@achievingforchildren.org.uk
Slough Borough Council 01753 875728 admissionshelpline@slough.gov.uk
West Berkshire Council 01635 519780 admissions@westberks.gov.uk
Wokingham Borough Council  0118 974 6000 admissions@wokingham.gov.uk