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 2014 and 31 August 2015 can start primary school from September 2019.

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
01/09/2014 - 31/08/2015 September 2019 October 2018 15 January 2019
01/09/2015 - 31/08/2016 September 2020 October 2019 15 January 2020 
01/09/2016 - 31/08/2017 September 2021 October 2020 15 January 2021

How to apply

The closing date for primary/junior school applications has now passed. If you wish to apply for a primary/junior school place, you should download our application form and return it to the School Admissions Team. 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.

Download the form »

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
  • You can find out which school your child has been allocated before your letter arrives

If you have difficulties making your application online, or have no email address, you can make a telephone application by contacting the School Admissions Team.