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Starting primary school in September 2021

The closing date for submitting an application for a place at primary school for September 2021 has now passed.

If your child was born between 1 September 2016 and 31 August 2017 they will be eligible to start primary school in September 2021.  If you live in Rutland and have not submitted a primary school application for your child, please contact us as soon as possible.  The Admissions Service can be contacted by telephone on 01572 722577 or by email at admissions@rutland.gov.uk

An application may still be submitted but as it will be received after the closing date it will be treated as 'late' and processed after those applications submitted on time.  If you wish to submit a late application you must submit it using the paper application form as the online Admissions Portal is now closed.  You can download and print out a copy of the Primary School Application Form September 2021 or contact us to ask for a copy to be posted out to you.

Each local authority is responsible for coordinating the primary school admissions process for children resident within their local authority area. This means that you must submit an application to the Council where you live, even if you want to apply for a place at a school in another Council area. For example, if you live in Rutland but would like to apply for a primary school in another county, you must submit your application to us. 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 you, we have published a Primary School Admissions Brochure which explains the process of applying for a primary school place and provides information about school transport, the primary schools in Rutland and other helpful information. 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, for parents who are considering deferred entry for their child until September 2022, we have produced Guidance on Deferred Entry.

The national offer day will be 16 April 2021. 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 submitted your application online, your offer will be available to view on the Admissions Portal from 00:01 on the morning of offer day. In addition, an automated email will be sent to you on the morning of offer day providing details of the school that has been offered to your child. If you submitted a paper application, your offer will be sent by first class post on offer day. As a result, parents who submitted their application online are likely to receive their offer before those who submit a paper application.

If you are planning to send your child to a private or independent school, you 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 an 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 three preferences of primary school. We strongly encourage you to use all three 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. This video explains how your preferences will be processed: