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Primary Reception Intake

When will my child start school?

In Dudley children start primary school the September after their 4th birthday.  The law states all children must start school by the beginning of the term after their 5th birthday.


Date of Birth


When to Apply

Due to Start School


1 September 2013 – 31 August 2014



1 September 2017 – 15 January 2018


September 2018


1 September 2014 – 31 August 2015



1 September 2018 – 15 January 2019

See Important Dates below


September 2019


1 September 2015 – 31 August 2016



1 October 2019 – 15 January 2020


September 2020


1 September 2016 – 31 August 2017



1 October 2020 – 15 January 2021


September 2021


Important Dates - Starting Primary September 2019

Online application available

1 October 2018

Return date of paper application forms

15 January 2019 by 5pm*

Return date of online applications

15 January 2019 by midnight*

Decision emails to parents

16 April 2019 after 2pm

Decision letters to parents

16 April 2019 by 2nd class post

Appeals to be heard

June/July 2019


 * Failure to return your form by this date may affect the outcome of your application.



Attendance at a nursery attached to a primary school will not guarantee admission to that particular primary school or give any advantage to the pupil in the admissions process.


Starting School 2018

If you wish to 'delay' your child's entry to school by an entire year, you will need to read the Delayed Policy and contact School Admissions for further details.

Should you wish to 'defer' your child's entry until later in the school year, you will need to contact the Headteacher following receipt of your official offer to discuss this option.

For important dates please see above


Before you apply

  • Parents must apply for a school place through their home Local Authority (ie the authority that bill you for your council tax).

  • The application must be made from the child's legal address.  However, if you are moving or intending to move during the process please see MOVING HOUSE

  • You are strongly advised to make more than one preference.  Failure to do so could have repercussions for the distance your child will have to travel to school.  Also you will not gain an advantage by only listing one.

  • You are able to submit up to 5 preferences on your application.

  • You can apply for any school, including those outside the Dudley Authority.  However, be realistic about the schools you apply for.

  • There are no 'catchment' areas within Dudley.  However, places are offered according to the admissions criteria detailed within the booklet 'A parents' guide to primary admissions'

  • If you are applying for an Academy, Free, Trust or Voluntary Aided school you may need to provide extra information or submit a supplementary information form (SIF).

  • It is your responsibility to provide any supportive information eg baptism certificate or medical evidence.  The Local Authority will not seek to obtain this information on your behalf.

  • We consider all applications at the same time.  Priority is not given to those who put the school as a first preference, or on a 'first come first served basis'.

  • Late applications will be considered after all those received on time. 

  • Attendance at a nursery attached to a primary school will not guarantee admission to that particular primary school or give any advantage to the pupil in the admissions process.


Applying - How to apply

Dudley Local Authority recommends that you apply online.  Applying online means you will receive your decision via email after 2pm on the offer date.

If you are experiencing difficulties or prefer to make a paper application please contact the school admissions service.  However if you make a paper application, please be aware that your decision will be posted 2nd class on the offer date.


Address Information

This section covers information relating to moving house during the application process, and children living at more than one address.

Children Living at more than one address

Where a child lives with each of their parents at separate  addresses, the address used for allocating a school place will be the one where the child spends (ie sleeps) the majority of the school week.  If the child spends exactly equal amounts of time at the 2 addresses the child's parents/carers will be asked to nominate which address they wish to be the child's main address for school admission purposes and may need to provide evidence of this.  Should they fail to do so by the published closing date the Local Authority has the right to nominate the address that is considered appropriate.  Please refer to the 'Parents Guide to Primary Admission' for further information.

In the case of disputes between parents, there is an expectation that parents will resolve these amongst themselves and make a single application which both parents are in agreement with.

Moving house when applying to start Primary School

If you are moving into Dudley or moving within the borough, you must provide proof of your new address by 31 March 2019.  If the admissions service does not receive sufficient proof by this date, your original address must be used for admission purposes. 

If the move is related to a purchase, proof should be in the form of a letter from your solicitor confirming the exchange of contracts and completion date.  For a rental, proof should be a copy of a rental agreement for at least 6 months, signed by both the tenant and the landlord.

If your move involves you returning to a property that you already own, you will need to provide appropriate written evidence of the date that you will resume living in the property and that you intend to remain living there for the foreseeable future.  If you have rented this property out please provide evidence that you have given your tenants notice to leave. 

Please note that unless the written evidence provided proves, to the satisfaction of the Authority, that you have moved or will move to the address that you have indicated, we will not be able to consider your application from your new address.

Please discuss this with the admissions service, if you require further clarification.

Supplementary Information Forms (2018)

Parents Guide to Primary School Information 2018/19

Primary Admissions Booklet

Delayed Entry

Delayed Entry Policy Document [PDF 422KB]