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Wednesday 13th December 2023

Advice to parents about the admission process for applying for primary school places in the UK for September 2024 from the Education Advisory Team (EAT).

Who are EAT?

The Education Advisory Team (UK) (EAT (UK)) is part of the MOD’s Defence Children Services (DCS). It is a tri-service organisation that provides information, advice and guidance on all educational matters in the UK.

Information on Primary School Places (reception) in England for September 2024

If you require a primary school place in reception in England for September 2024, the deadline for applications is 15th January 2024.

It is advisable to follow your local authority’s application process: information will be available on their website. You can also contact your local authority’s admission team if you have any questions or require support. Contact details should be available on the local authority website.

Each local authority will send out offers for primary school places on 16h April 2024.

Further information:

gov.uk/schools-admissions/how-to-apply 

gov.uk/government/publications/school-admissions-code–2

Primary School Places in Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland for September 2024

Education is a devolved matter and each of the four countries have different education systems. Dependent on location, it is likely that there will be a different process and deadline for applying for primary school places in each area. It is advised you follow your local authority’s application process and ensure that you are aware of the deadline to submit your application by. This information will usually be available on the local authority website and we would advise that you contact the local authority directly if you have any questions or require any further support.

Further information can be found on the links below:

Scotland

mygov.scot/browse/education-training/primary-school

forceschildrenseducation.org.uk/

Wales

gov.wales/school-admissions

www.sscecymru.co.uk/

Northern Ireland

eani.org.uk/parents/admissions

EAT (UK) Advice and Support

Contact the EAT (UK) team immediately for advice and support in the following situations:

  • If you are due to move and require a primary school place for September 2024 in a different area to where you are currently living
  • If you are unable to apply for a primary school place by the deadline within your local authority

For bespoke advice in relation to your individual situation then please contact the Education Advisory Team (UK) (EAT (UK)) on [email protected]

Further information can also be found on the Defence Children Services website (gov.uk)

See also: Education and Childcare

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