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

How to apply

Guidance on how to apply can be found here.

The closing date for applications is 15 January 2021. If you have a problem with the online application, please contact The Admissions Team as soon as possible. Late applications received after the closing date will be classed as late unless there are exceptional circumstances and may result in school place not being allocated at you preferred school.

To make an application to start school in September 2021 apply here from 5 October 2020 »

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