Primary admissions

How to apply

Only Doncaster residents should complete our application forms. If you live outside of Doncaster you must apply to your home admission authority regardless of which school you wish to apply for.

Starting school

Schools in Doncaster admit children to reception classes in September at the start of the school year if they have had their fourth birthday on or before 31 August.

Apply for a place for SEPTEMBER 2018 - Reception or a Junior School (Year 3)

Children due to attend full time School in September 2018.

It is important to apply as a number of schools will be full next September.

You are encouraged to include your catchment area school as one of your preferences even if this is not your first choice. 


The National Offer Day is 16 April 2018.

If you applied by 15 January 2018 you can login via: Primary 2018 Application: VIEW ONLY to view your decision with the username and password you used to apply.

Emails will be sent at 8.30a.m to the email address used to complete the online form (if you have changed your email we are unable to redirect your decision and you will have to wait for your letter).

Decisions letters will be posted to everyone on Monday 16 April 2018.

IMPORTANT: No decisions will be given over the phone.  



You can apply online via: 2018/19 Primary Application Form or print off and return the form from the Downloads and Resources section on this page.

Please also see the '2018-19 Online Guide' at the right hand side of this page for help when applying.

The late closing dates and announcement dates are:-

  • Forms received by 16/04/2018 - decision letters will be posted out on 30/04/2018
  • Forms received by 30/04/2018 - decision letters will be posted out on 31/05/2018
  • Forms received after 30/04/2018 will be processed on an ongoing basis.


 Apply online to transfer NOW (for this school year 2017/18) 

Does your child currently attend a school in Doncaster?


the online application is not available as sections of the form must be completed by your present school and your preferred school. Print off the form from the Download and Resource section at the right hand side of this page.


Please note:  

You are advised to read the Guidance Notes at the right hand side of the page before making your application.  If you are applying for a church school you must also complete the relevant additional information form from the Download and Resource section at the right hand side of this page.

Deferred Entry – Summer Born Children

Parents of summer born children (born between 1 April and 31 August) are currently able to request that their child defer entry to a reception class for a full academic year. When such a request is made, the admission authority, responsible for admission to the school will make a decision on the basis of the circumstances of the case and in the best interests of the child concerned, taking into account the views of the head teacher and any supporting evidence provided by the parent.

If the request is allowed, normal admission rules will apply and there is no guarantee that a place will be offered at the requested school(s).

Parents should initially make contact with the Local Authority, for community schools or directly to the requested school in all other cases setting out their request during the autumn term after their third birthday.  This will ensure that they do not miss out on a place at the normal point of entry which should be made by the national closing date - 15 January.

Parents should set out their reasons for their request using the Deferred Entry Request Form and send it to the relevant admission authority. Further guidance and the form can be found at the right hand side of this page.

Proposed Changes to the Current Arrangements – Summer Born Children

Whilst the Government have stated that they intend to consult on arrangements to make this an automatic approval, no further details on this proposal or timescales have yet been published.

Delayed Entry

Children reach compulsory school age on the prescribed day following their 5th birthday (or on their fifth birthday if it falls on a prescribed day). The prescribed days are 31 August, 31 December and 31 March.

Where parents apply for admission to a reception class for a child who is not of statutory school age, and parents wish to defer entry, a child should be admitted to the class no later than the beginning of the summer term in the reception year.

Parents can request that their child attends part-time until the child reaches compulsory school age and the request will be considered where it appears to be in the best interest of the child. The request should be made directly to the school concerned once their child has been offered a place.

More information

For further information, please contact us:

Last updated: 16 April 2018 00:01:00