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Apply for primary school places

Parents of children starting primary school in the academic year starting in September 2023 are now able to apply online for their child’s reception school place.

Children are entitled to start primary school in the September after their fourth birthday, so parents and carers of children born between 1 Sept 2018 and 31 August 2019 need to apply.

Parent and carers can apply for their child’s school place online at from today (7 November 2022) until the closing date of 15 January 2023.

Applications received after the 15 January deadline will only be considered once all on time applications are determined. This means applying late could reduce your child’s chance of getting a place at their preferred school.

Cllr Tony Ball, Essex County Council Cabinet Member for Education Excellence, Lifelong Learning and Employability, said: “Starting school for the first time marks an important and exciting milestone in a child’s life and it is important to get the application process right.

“It is vital parents apply on time and use their four preferences in order to ensure their child gets the best possible chance of a place at a preferred school for when they start their primary education from September 2023.”

Further information about the admissions process and individual schools can be found at

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