Starting school

Attention - school admissions and school appeals

Due to the current COVID-19 situation and with the closure of schools we envisage a serious delay to any in-year applications for school places.

This means we are not accepting any in year applications at this time due to the schools being closed.

We recognise that our service is important to you and appreciate your patience and understanding during this time.

Applications for children starting primary school or moving to a secondary or junior school in September are currently unaffected.

We will contact you as soon as we have any further information.

If you are moving into the Borough and you fall into the category of vulnerable learner or key worker and may require assistance regarding a school place in terms of child care please email

Please note that, having regard to the Government's decision to close schools (except for looking after the children of keyworkers and vulnerable children), all admission appeals have been postponed until such time that further guidance is received from government or that schools fully re-open. 

Please contact legal and democratic email if you wish to receive further advice

All children are entitled to start in a Reception class in the September after their fourth birthday. Children do not, however, have to start school in September if it is felt that they are not ready. The statutory school age, by which a child must start school, will remain as the beginning of the term after their fifth birthday.

Parents should be aware that if they choose to delay a child's entry to school until the following September, the child could go straight into Year 1 rather than Reception.

Please refer to our Policy for Delayed or Deferred Entry to Reception in a Telford & Wrekin School

Requests to delay entry should be made by the parent in writing to the School Admissions Team, using the formNo later than the 31 December in the preceding year of the child's scheduled entry to reception class.

The application process will begin around twelve months before your child is eligible to start school.

Date of birth Apply between Can start school
1 September 2015 - 31 August 2016 October 2019 - 15 January 2020 September 2020
1 September 2016 - 31 August 2017 October 2020 - 15 January 2021 September 2021
1 September 2017 - 31 August 2018 October 2021 - 15 January 2022 September 2022

If your child was born between 1 September 2015 - 31 August 2016 you must apply for a Reception place in a primary school or infant school for the academic year 2020/21.

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Voluntary Aided, Trust, Foundation Schools and Academies

If you wish to apply for a Foundation, Voluntary Aided and Trust school or Academy you must also complete a supplementary information form (available from the school). The completed form should be returned directly to the school.

Last updated: 2.27pm on Wednesday 25 March 2020

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