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Primary school admissions

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You can apply for a primary school reception place online. (The website is open for applications between 16th November and 15th January – see timetable below)

Children start primary school full-time in the academic year in which they turn five years of age. The first class they will attend is called the reception class. The following classes are called year 1 through to year 6.

Children who are due to start primary school reception class in September 2019 were born between 1 September 2014 and 31 August 2015.

Parents will be invited to submit their preferences for the primary school they'd like their child to attend.

Your child won't automatically be allocated a school place; you have to apply.

The application process

Parents are invited to submit a preference for a primary school place in the November of the academic year in which the child turns four.

If your child currently attends a school nursery in Middlesbrough, the school will forward your child's details to us so we can send out your application pack. Please note that a place in a school's nursery doesn't guarantee your child a place in that primary school; you'll still need to apply.

If your child isn't attending a school nursery, you'll need to contact the Admissions Team to supply us with your child's details in November 2018 so an application pack can be issued.

More information

A booklet is available containing information and help on the transition to primary school. View the Primary and Secondary Education in Middlesbrough document.

Timetable for primary school admissions, September 2019 intake

16 November 2018 Letters sent to parents with common application form and online details
15 January 2019 Closing date for return of forms or online applications
March-April 2019 Preferences considered
16 April 2019 Emails and/or letters to parents confirming outcome of application
June/July 2019 Appeals as required

Appeals procedure

If a school is unable to offer your child a place please view our appeals webpage