Starting primary school

If you have a child born between 1 September 2019 and 31 August 2020, you must apply for your child to start primary school in September 2024 by Monday 15 January 2024.

In this section

Key dates

  • The deadline for on-time applications is Monday 15 January 2024. 
  • National offer day is Tuesday 16 April 2024.

Admission of children outside their chronological age group 

Please view our designated  Guidance on the admission of children outside their chronological age group (PDF) [311KB] for information and advice.

Before you apply

Proof of address

You will be required to provide proof of address as part of your application.

For details about what proof is accepted, read our Proof of address (PDF) [151KB]

How to apply

To give your child the best possible chance of being offered their preferred school place, ensure your application is received on time.

The deadline to apply for a primary school place for your child is Monday 15 January.

Hillingdon Council cannot be held responsible for any delays in the post or problems with internet providers; we would, therefore, recommend that you submit your application by Friday 12 January 2024 to ensure it is received on time. 

Apply for a primary school place

Information on how to create and complete your application can be found on the Home | eAdmissions (opens new window) 

Supplementary information

If you are thinking about applying to a school that considers faith as a criterion, you must complete a supplementary information form (SIF) and return it to the school or address stated on the school's criteria.

The deadline for on-time supplementary information forms is Monday 15 January.
Any forms submitted after the deadline will not be processed until after national offer day (Tuesday 16 April).

The following schools consider faith as a criterion; please visit the school's website or contact them directly for further details.

Applications for families arriving from abroad, including from the EU

In most cases, children arriving from overseas have the right to attend schools in England. It is the responsibility of parents to check whether their child has a right, under their visa entry conditions, to study at a school before submitting an application. 

Read more about applications for families arriving from abroad


The following provide information on furthest distances offered for community, academies, foundation and free schools. 

Parental responsibility and disputes

Our School Placement and Admissions team has seen a significant increase in the numbers of disputes between parents, relating to where their children should go to school. We understand that, when trying to come to a mutual agreement on child arrangements, parental disputes can be extremely upsetting for all involved (including the children). 

Protocol and guidance regarding parental responsibility (PDF) [141KB] has been published to help parents understand the council's protocol for dealing with situations where parents disagree. This is general guidance intended to help parents understand their rights and responsibilities in line with the law. 

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Page last updated: 18 Sep 2023