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Last updated: 5 April 2023

Next review: 5 April 2024

Researching primary schools

Before you apply, you should research the local primary schools. This will help you decide which schools to put down as your preferences. You can choose up to six.

To find out more about a school, you could:

  • Go to a school open day
  • Visit school websites
  • Ask other parents what they think of the school
  • Look at the latest Ofsted reports and school performance tables

Remember that schools have cut-off distances which change every year based on demand. Be realistic when making your three choices and always read the school’s admission arrangements.

The following document shows how places were offered on National Offer Day for the 2022 intake:

How school places were offered in 2022 (PDF)