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Essential Guide to Starting School - Applying for Reception 2023

Your child will start primary school in September 2023, if they were born between 1 September 2018 and 31 August 2019.  To apply for a school place you will need to complete an application form.

Applications from families arriving from abroad, including the EU

In most cases, children arriving from overseas have the right to attend schools in England. It is the responsibility of parents to check whether their child has a right, under their visa entry conditions, to study at a school before submitting an application. 

View more information about applications for families arriving from abroad on the Government website

School places for children who are changing schools or have recently moved to Harrow

If you have recently moved to Harrow and need an immediate school place for your child or you would like to transfer your child to a new school, please complete the in-year admission form.


Please follow the information below to submit an application:

Further information on how to apply for a primary school place and details of school admission arrangements for each school in our guide to primary schools 2022-23

Apply for a primary school place

Applying for a faith school place

If you are applying to a faith school/academy, and would like to apply as a faith applicant you will need to fill in a Supplementary Information Form (SIF) and return it directly to the school before the closing date. For some schools you will also need to complete a Priest Reference form for more information see the school admission arrangements page.

Important dates

Below are some important dates for primary school applications.

Date Event
1 September 2022 Application for primary school opens
15 January 2023 Closing date for applications
19 April 2023 Receive outcome of application