School admissions

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Apply for a primary or secondary school place or a school place during term time in Leicestershire.

For first-time admissions to infant and primary school for September 2023:

  • 7,169 on-time applications
  • 94.9% secured their first choice
  • 98.9% secured one of their top 3 choices

For Year 7 secondary school entry 2023 we received:

  • 7,748 on-time applications
  • 90.6% secured their first choice
  • 97.6% secured one of their top 3 choices

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School applications

The closing date for 2024/25 primary school place applications is Monday 15 January 2024.

Two new schools, Wellington Place primary school in Market Harborough and a new forest school for Coalville, are due to open next autumn (2024). These are now available to put down as preferences when making first-time primary school applications for the 2024/25 academic year.

If you need to move school during term time, visit our apply to move school page.

Have your say on proposed changes to our school admissions policy.

Apply for a secondary school place in Leicestershire.

Apply for a primary school place in Leicestershire.

Information you need to know to apply for a school place including a printable list of the schools in your area.

Policies and useful information that you should read before you apply for a school place.

Apply to move school during term time.

How to appeal if you're child has been refused a school place or you’re unhappy with the school they’ve been offered. Check school waiting lists online.


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Apply now for both primary and secondary places for autumn 2024

Nearly 99% of children due to start school this autumn have been given a top three preference

Just over 90.5 per cent – that’s just over 7,000 students – have been offered their preferred place