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When to apply for a school place
The age your child will start school depends on when their birthday is. Children can start school from the September after their fourth birthday.
These are the dates that children would usually start school and when to apply for a school place:
|Child born between||Starts primary school||Apply between|
|1 Sep 2017 - 31 Aug 2018||Sep 2022||Sep 2021 - Jan 2022|
|1 Sep 2018 - 31 Aug 2019||Sep 2023||Sep 2022 - Jan 2023|
|1 Sep 2019 - 31 Aug 2020||Sep 2024||Sep 2023 - Jan 2024|
|1 Sep 2020 - 31 Aug 2021||Sep 2025||Sep 2024 - Jan 2025|
|1 Sep 2021 - 31 Aug 2022||Sep 2026||Sep 2025 - Jan 2026|
Secondary (high) school
|Child born between||Starts secondary school||Apply between|
|1 Sep 2010 - 31 Aug 2011||Sep 2022||Sep 2021 - Oct 2021|
|1 Sep 2011 - 31 Aug 2012||Sep 2023||Sep 2022 - Oct 2022|
|1 Sep 2012 - 31 Aug 2013||Sep 2024||Sep 2023 - Oct 2023|
|1 Sep 2013 - 31 Aug 2014||Sep 2025||Sep 2024 - Oct 2024|
|1 Sep 2014 - 31 Aug 2015||Sep 2026||Sep 2025 - Oct 2025|
When to apply
Children can start school from the September after their fourth birthday.
You need to apply for a place at a primary school, even if it’s linked to your child’s nursery, or your child's brother or sister is already at the school.
Applications opened on 1 September 2021. The deadline for applications to primary schools is 15th January 2022.
If you miss this deadline, you can fill in the late application form. You will need to do this as soon as possible. Applications are prioritised based on the time received and a late application may reduce your chance of getting your preference of school.
The admissions system for children starting school in September 2022 opens on 1st September 2021, and closes on 31st October 2021.
If you've miss this deadline, you will need to fill in the late application form as soon as possible. Applications are prioritised based on the time received and a late application may reduce your chance of getting your preference of school.
Changing Schools mid-year
If you are new to the area or want to request a transfer to another school (also known as in-year school admissions) the council can provide information to help with your application. You can contact your local area education office for advice.
When you apply for admission to Lancashire schools you have the right to express up to three school preferences.
To find out whether a school has a place available, you can either contact your local area education office or the schol directly.
You will need to speak to the current school and the school you intend to move to.
If you have moved house it may be essential to move your child, however, if a school move is not absolutely essential you should carefully consider the implications for your child.
If your child is unhappy in their current school for whatever reason, for example, alleged bullying or not getting on with a teacher, you should first contact the headteacher and discuss the problems before changing schools. School transfer is very disruptive for any child and it is not encouraged if the problem can be resolved by the school.
If it is not essential that your child moves school, please read our guidance: what to think about if you are considering a change of school.
Start Date - If your child is moving schools during the year the start date will normally be at the beginning of the next school term (September, January, April). Children will continue to attend their existing school until that date.
If you are new to the area and your child does not already have a school place, this does not apply.
The Staff and Governors are committed to all children, regardless of Special Needs or challenges. We work with a variety of agencies to support children with short and long term additional needs. The school welcomes applications from everyone regardless of any disability or special need. Please contact the Headteacher if you have any concerns.