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Apply for a primary school place

If your child is due to start primary school and lives in Islington, you must apply online.

Apply for primary school place

91% of Islington primary schools have been judged as Good or Outstanding by Ofsted – well above the national average of 85% - and 91% of Islington residents choose an Islington school as their first preference.

You can apply for up to six schools: we recommend that you do this. Don’t just apply for one school. 

Don’t include private schools in your application. 

You'll find lots of useful information in our Primary School Admission Booklet (PDF).

When your child should start school 

We’ll offer your child a full-time school place for the start of the school year when they turn five. All children must start reception by the term following their fifth birthday. If you think your child won’t be ready for school in September, they can start one or two terms later, depending on their birthday. 

If your child was born between 1 April and 31 August, you can ask to delay their start in reception class until the following year. If we agree to this, you'll need to apply again next year. 

For more information, contact the School Admissions team at as soon as possible. 

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