Shropshire Council

Starting infant or primary school

Children can start school in reception at the beginning of the academic year following their fourth birthday.  

When to apply

Children who were born between 1 September 2016 and 31 August 2017 can start primary school from September 2021.

See the table below to check when your child can start school.

  • An academic year starts in September with what's known as the autumn term.
Child born between Start school from Apply for a place from Closing date for applications
01/09/2016 - 31/08/2017 September 2021 October 2020 15 January 2021
01/09/2017 - 31/08/2018 September 2022 October 2021 15 January 2022
01/09/2018 - 31/08/2019 September 2023 October 2022 15 January 2023

Please note, applications received after the closing dates stated, without exceptional reasons, are not considered until all the applications received on time have been allocated.

How to apply

Guidance on how to apply can be found here.

The closing date for primary school applications has now passed, and it's not possible to make an online application. To make an application now please complete the late application and send to Please indicate if there is a reason the application is being made after the closing date, e.g. a house move. Applications received after the closing date are classed as late unless there are exceptional circumstances, and may result in it not being possible to offer a school place at you preferred school.

Make a late application »

Why apply online?

  • It's quick and easy
  • You receive an email to confirm your application has been received
  • You can change your application up to the closing date
  • It's available 24 hours a day, seven days a week