Last updated: 31 August 2023
Next review: 5 April 2024
When should I apply for a primary place?
You can apply for a place from autumn the year before they are due to start reception. This year's application window runs from 1 September 2023 until 11.59pm on 15 January 2024. It’s important to apply as soon as you can.
If your child attends a school nursery or has an older brother or sister at your chosen school, you must still apply. Children who go to a school nursery will not automatically receive a reception place at the school.
If you live in Waltham Forest, you must apply through us, even if you are applying for schools in other local authorities. If you live outside Waltham Forest, you must apply through your home local authority, even if you are applying for schools elsewhere.