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Starting Primary School in September 2020

If your child was born between 1 September 2015 and 31 August 2016 they will be eligible to start primary school in September 2020.

The application process for starting primary school for the first time in September 2020 is now underway and parents/carers have until the national closing date of 15 January 2020 to complete and submit an application for their child.  Please note that it does not matter how soon you submit your application as long as you submit it by the closing date.  All applications received by the closing date will be treated equally.  However, if you submit your application after the closing date it will be processed as a late application and this could result in you not receiving an offer at your preferred school.

We have collected information from our early years settings in the county in order to target children who are eligible to start primary school and a letter has been sent to parents/carers of Rutland resident children, advising them of the need to apply for a primary school place for their child.  If you live in Rutland but have not received a letter from us, please contact us as soon as possible so that we can check that we have your child's details and that they are correct.  The Admissions Service can be contacted by telephone on 01572 722577 or by email to admissions@rutland.gov.uk

Each local authority is responsible for coordinating the primary school admissions process for children resident within their local authority area.  This means that parents must submit an application to the Council where they live, even if they want to apply for a place at a school in another local authority area.  For example, if you live in Rutland but would like to apply for a primary school place in another county, you must submit your application to Rutland County Council.  If you live in another county but would like to apply for a place at a Rutland primary school you must submit your application to the Council where you live.

To assist parents we have produced a Primary School Admissions brochure which explains the process of applying for a primary school place and offers information about the primary schools in Rutland.  It is important that you read the information contained in the brochure before submitting your application to ensure that you are aware of your preferred school's admission arrangements (policy), to check eligibility for school transport and to make sure that all necessary information is included within your application.

In addition, we have produced guidance on deferred entry for those parents who are considering deferred entry for their child.

The national closing date for applications is        15 January 2020

Rutland residents can apply for a primary school place online by clicking the 'Apply Online' link below.  If you would prefer to submit your application on paper you can download and print out a copy of the Primary School Application Form.  Alternatively, if you would prefer to receive a copy of the application form or admissions brochure in the post, please contact the Admissions Service on 01572 722577 or email admissions@rutland.gov.uk

Online applications must be submitted by 23:59 on 15 January 2020 and paper applications must be received by 4.00pm on 15 January at the Admissions Office, located with the Council offices at Catmose, in order to be treated as received on time.

The national offer day will be 16 April 2020.  The national offer day ensures that offers of places are sent out on the same day to all parents throughout the country.  It is important to note that if you submit your application online your offer will be sent by email on offer day and will be available to view on the admissions website on the morning of offer day.  If you submit a paper application your offer will be sent by first class post on offer day.  As a result, parents who submit their application online are likely to receive their offer before those that submit a paper application.

Parents who are planning to send their child to a private or independent school should not use the local authority application form but should instead contact the preferred school direct.  If you do intend to apply for a place at a private or independent school please let us know so that we can update your child's details accordingly.

Before submitting your application it is important to note that the application form will allow you to submit up to 3 preferences of primary school.  We strongly encourage you to use all 3 preferences so that your child has the best opportunity of receiving an offer at a preferred school.  Submitting a second and third preference will in no way affect your chances of receiving an offer at your first preference school.  The video below explains how your preferences will be processed.

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