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Primary Reception Intake

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.

Please note it is not first come, first served.  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.  Paper applications will not be available until 1 October 2018.  Please be aware that if you make a paper application, your decision will be posted 2nd class on the offer date.

Note: 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.

When to apply

Child's date of birth - 1 September 2014 – 31 August 2015

  • When to apply - 1 October 2018 – 15 January 2019
  • For September 2019

Child's date of birth - 1 September 2015 – 31 August 2016

  • When to apply - 1 October 2019 – 15 January 2020
  • For September 2020

Child's date of birth - 1 September 2016 – 31 August 2017

  • When to apply - 1 October 2020 – 15 January 2021
  • For September 2021

 

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 Address Information.
  • 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.

Important dates for September 2019 Reception Intake

  • Online application available - 1 October 2018
  • Return date for paper application forms - 15 January 2019 by 5pm*
  • Return date for 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/apply 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.

Admission arrangements

School admission arrangements set out how schools will admit pupils.

The arrangements include the published admission number (the maximum number of pupils intended to be admitted to the relevant year group), the oversubscription criteria and information on the waiting list for the school.

Dudley MBC is the admission authority for all community and voluntary controlled schools in the borough. This means that the authority set the over-subscription criteria and make the decisions about which pupils are admitted to these schools.

Governing Bodies are the admission authorities for voluntary aided schools and Academy Trusts are the admission authorities for academies. Details of their individual admission arrangements can be found in our 'Parent's Guide to Admissions' and below by clicking on the relevant school.

Admission arrangements

Delaying/Deferring (Starting September 2019)

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.

You can request to 'defer' the date your child is admitted until later in the school year, but not beyond the point at which they reach compulsory school age and not beyond the beginning of the final term of the school year for which the application was made.  Your child may attend part-time until later in the school year, but not beyond the point at which they reach compulsory school age.

Any reception place offered following an application made for September 2019 will be withdrawn if the child does not take up that place by the first day of the summer term 2020.  The parent of a child whose fifth birthday falls during the summer term who wishes to defer their child's admission until the beginning of the following academic year (when the child will have begun to be compulsory school age) will therefore need to make a separate in-year application for a place in Year 1 at the school. 

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 for 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.

Supplementary Information Forms

There are a number of school that require Supplementary Information Forms (SIF's)

Supplementary Information Forms

Further Information