Children can start reception year at primary school from the september after their fourth birthday, by law children don't have to start school until the beginning of the term after their fifth birthday.

Guidelines for applying to primary and middle school

1. When your child can start full time school
If your child was born between: Date your child can start school
1 September and 31 December They can wait to start full time school or request to attend part time until the start of the Spring term (January)
1 January and 31 March They can wait to start full time school or request to attend part time until the start of the Summer term (April)
1 April and 31 August (knows as 'Summer born') Can wait to start full time school or request to attend part time until the start of the Summer term (April).

OR

Wait to start full time school until the start of the Autumn term (September) the following year - but the allocated place for Reception is not kept open and parents have to re-apply for a place in Year 1 or reception for the following September. Please contact Kirklees Admissions for further guidance.
2. When you need to apply

Children can start reception year at primary school from the September after their fourth birthday. By law children don't have to start school until the beginning of the term after their fifth brithday

You can apply online for a primary school or middle school place between 1 September 2019 and 15 January 2020.

Applying later than this is considered a late application unless in Kirklees judgement there are significant and exceptional reasons for it not being received on time.

When to apply based on your childs date of birth
Child is born between Starts primary school Apply between
1 September 2015 - 31 August 2016 September 2020 September - January 2020
1 September 2016 - 31 August 2017 September 2021 September - January 2021
1 September 2017 - 31 August 2018 September 2022 September - January 2022
1 September 2018 - 31 August 2019 September 2023 September - January 2023

Late applications

If you apply after the deadline of 15 January 2020, your application will be considered as late. Late applications are not considered until all on-time applicants have been allocated school places.

Late applications received after 15 February 2020 will be processed as part of the re-allocation period. This is a 'two-week window' after national offer day where Kirklees parents/carers can write to Kirklees Pupil Admissions and change the school preference(s).

Late applications severely reduce your applications success.

3. Choosing your preferred schools

Before applying, research the schools in your area It's also advisable to

It is strongly advised that you apply for a School in your priority admission area(PAA). It is called this because children living there normally have priority admission over children who live elsewhere. It is also referred to as the catchwork area.

You can still apply for schools outside of your PAA but you are at a disadvantage.

Parents/carers are strongly advised to apply for three schools, these are your first, second and third school preferences. This is in case a place is not available at the first preference.

If you child qualifies at more than one school, you will be offered a place at the higher preference school.

4. The three stages of your application on Kirklees Parent Portal

The three stages of your application on Kirklees Parent Portal

If you do not complete all three stages, your application is not complete and cannot be processed.

Stage 1 Create an account (if you have not already created one in a previous year). If you are the legal parent/carer, enter your details and follow the link that will be sent to the email address you have used. The process will verify your account and provide you with a link that will take you to the login page of the Kirklees Parent Portal.

Stage 2 Add your child's details (if you have not already added them in a previous year)

Stage 3 Add your three preference schools. Check the application and then submit the application.

5. How places are allocated

If there are fewer applicants than there are places available, everyone who applies will be offered a place. When there are more applicants than there are places available there has to be a way of deciding which children are offered places. This is done by having admission criteria, also known as oversubscription criteria, which are considered in order.

In Kirklees the admission criteria for community and voluntary controlled schools are:

  • Priority 1 - children in public care (looked after children) or a child who was previously looked after in England.
  • Priority 2 - children who were previously in state care outside of England and ceased to be as a result of being adopted.
  • Priority 3 - children who live in the school's Priority Admission Area (PAA) who have a brother or sister attending from the same address at the date of admission (the sibling rule).
  • Priority 4 - children who live in the school's PAA.
  • Priority 5 - children who live outside the school's PAA who have a brother or sister attending from the same address at the date of admission (the sibling rule).
  • Priority 6 - children who live outside the school's PAA.

Community and voluntary controlled schools will admit a child with Special Educational Needs where the school is named on the Education Health and Care Plan.

6. Linked Infant and Junior schools

There are several combinations of infant and junior schools in Kirklees. These are shown in the list below. The majority of children transfer from the infant school to the linked school. It is included to strengthen the admissions criteria for linked infant and junior schools to increase the continuity for children to a level comparable to that in an all-through primary school.

  • Berry Brow I & N School and Newsome Junior School
  • Birkby I & N School and Birkby Junior School
  • Diamond Wood Community Academy and Ravensthorpe CE (VC) Junior School
  • Earlsheaton Infant School and Bywell CE (VC) Junior School
  • Kirkroyds Infant School and Wooldale Junior School
  • Lindley Church of England Infant School and Lindley Junior School
  • Manorfield I & N School and Staincliffe CE (VC) Junior School
  • Netherton I & N School and South Crossland CE (VA) Junior School
  • Pentland I & N School and Headfield CE (VC) Junior School
  • Purlwell I & N School and Hyrstmount Junior School
  • Rawthorpe St James CE (VC) I & N School and Rawthorpe Junior School
  • Reinwood I & N School and Reinwood Community Junior School
  • Savile Town CE (VC) I & N School and Headfield CE (VC) Junior School
  • Shaw Cross I & N School and Bywell CE (VC) Junior School
  • St John's CE (C) Infant School and Westmoor Primary School
  • Thornhill Lees CE (VC) I & N School and Headfield CE (VC) Junior School

If there are fewer applicants than there are places available, everyone who applies will be offered a place. When there are more applicants than there are places available there has to be a way of deciding which children are offered places. This is done by having admission criteria, also known as oversubscription criteria, which are considered in order.

In Kirklees the admission criteria for community and voluntary controlled schools are:

  • Priority 1 - children in public care (looked after children) or a child who was previously looked after in England.
  • Priority 2 - children who were previously in state care outside of England and ceased to be as a result of being adopted.
  • Priority 3 - children who live in the school's Priority Admission Area (PAA) who have a brother or sister attending either school from the same address at the date of admission (the sibling rule).
  • Priority 4 - children who attend a listed infant school (with priority for the linked junior school).
  • Priority 5 - children who live in the school's PAA.
  • Priority 6 - children who live outside the school's PAA who have a brother or sister attending either school from the same address at the date of admission (the sibling rule).
  • Priority 7 - children who live outside the school's PAA.

Community and voluntary controlled schools will admit a child with Special Educational Needs where the school is named on the Education Health and Care Plan.

7. Supplementary information forms (SIFs)

If you name any of the following academies, free schools, voluntary aided Catholic or voluntary aided Church of England schools amongst your preferences, you should ensure that you complete the school's Supplementary Information Form (SIF).

You must return your completed SIF to the school and also complete an online Kirklees application

Primary school SIFs

All Hallow's CE (VA) I & N

Batley Grammar School

Batley Parish CE(VA) J I & N School

Christ Church CE Academy

Cumberworth CE(VA) First School

Denby CE(VA) First School

Helme CE(VA) J & I School

Holy Spirit Catholic Primary School

Kirkburton CE(VA) First School

Lindley CE Infant School

Linthwaite Ardron CE(VA) J & I School

Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Primary School

St Aidan's CE(VA) First School

St John's CE(VA) J & I School

St Joseph's Catholic Primary School (Dewsbury)

St Joseph's Catholic Primary School (Huddersfield)

St Mary's Catholic Primary School

St Patrick's Catholic Primary School (Batley)

St Patrick's Catholic Primary School (Huddersfield)

St Paulinus Catholic Primary School

St Peter's CE (VA) J I & EY School

Scissett CE(VA) First School

South Crosland CE(VA) Junior School

Previously looked after child (PLAC) SIF

If you are requesting admission to school under the previously looked after child (PLAC) criteria you need to complete and return this SIF to Kirklees pupil admissions: Previously looked after child (PLAC)

8. Changing your application

Up to the closing date of 15 January 2020, you may change your preferences in the parent portal if you have not received an email to say Kirklees local authority has downloaded your application.

If you have received an email to say the local authority has downloaded your application you can only change your school preferences by sending your changes in an email to pupiladmissions@kirklees.gov.uk.

After the closing date you cannot change your preferences without a genuine reason for doing so, such as a significant change of address, in which we will require proof of.

9. Timetable for admission to primary school in September 2020
Date Information
Sunday 1 September 2019 Applications can be made from this date. All applications must be made online.
Wednesday 15 January 2020 This is the closing date for your applications. Remember that a late application can severely reduce your chances of obtaining a place at your preferred school.
Thursday 16 April 2020 Parents/carers can log on to the Kirklees parent portal from 08:30am to see their offer of a school place and an email offer will be sent during the day to the email address the parent/carer used when submitting their application.
Monday 18 May 2020 The last day for requesting an appeal for starting community and voluntary controlled schools in September 2020. Academies, free school, trust schools and voluntary schools may have different closing dates for appeals. You must contact them directly.
June 2020 onwards Appeal hearings take place.
Thursday 31 December 2020 Waiting lists close for community and coluntary controlled schools. Academies, free school, trust schools and voluntary aided schools may have different closing dates for waiting lists. Please contact them directly.

How to apply

You can apply online for a school place in September 2020, between 1 September 2019 and 15 January 2020. If you apply after this date it can severely reduce your chances of obtaining a place at your preferred school.

Clock Completing this form takes around 20 minutes

To complete this form you will need;

  • A valid email address
  • Your child(s) name and date of birth
  • Your address
  • The names of your first, second and third school preferences.

Please read the Guide for parents - primary school admissions before applying for your primary school place.

Apply online

Contact Pupil Admissions