Last chance for primary school applications

Leeds City Council is urging parents to meet the deadline for their preferred school places.
Leeds City Council is urging parents to meet the deadline for their preferred school places.

Families with children who will start primary school in September are being reminded they have until Wednesday, January 15 to apply for their preferred schools or they could risk missing out.

Previous years have shown that parents applying late may could lose out on a preferred school place for their child.

Leeds City Council is now urging families to submit their preferences by Wednesday.

Coun Judith Blake, executive board member responsible for children’s services, said: “In the last school year, over 500 applications for primary school places were made after the offer date and before the start of term. It’s far more difficult to allocate places in these circumstances and families who do this risk not being able to send their child to their preferred school.

“It’s essential that preferences are made by the deadline on January 15 and that up to five schools are listed - including your nearest school - to ensure every child and young person has the best chance of attending their preferred school.”

Figures for admissions in September 2013 show the percentage of families offered their first preference was 85 per cent while the percentage offered one of their three preferences was 94 per cent.

Parents can apply online at and will receive a confirmation email that their preferences have been received and will receive their offer by email on April 16.

People can also apply using a paper form called the ‘common preference form’ which is also available at Parents using the paper form will have their offer letter sent out by second class post on the offer day so can expect to receive it a few days later.

For more information about admissions visit or call the admissions team on 0113 2224414. Advice is also available from the local authority choice adviser, who can answer questions on applying for primary school places, by calling 0113 3950596.