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Education Admission Timetable


You should apply for your child to start primary or infant school if they:

  • were born between 1 September 2019 and 31 August 2020
  • are in year 2 at an infant school and need a place in year 3 at a junior or primary school


Children can start school at any time until they reach the compulsory school age, which is the term after the child turns 5.

You can request to delay your child’s start date until later in the academic year but not after they reach the compulsory school age.

You can also request that your child takes up their school place part-time until they reach the compulsory school age.

You can learn more about delaying starting school in our going to school in Lincolnshire guide, which also includes further general information on applying for a primary or junior school place.


Application dates


Key datesDetails
15 November 2023Admissions open
15 January 2024Admissions close (national closing date)
9 February 2024                                                                                                                                 Lincolnshire final closing date for late applications and changes (your application may not be accepted if you apply to schools outside of Lincolnshire).
17 April 2024Admissions reopen for late applications or changes
17 May 2024Admissions close
20 May 2024Admissions reopen for one day (for paper or telephone applications only)


When you apply:

  • you can select up to three schools, which you should put in order of your preference
  • it is recommended to check if your child is eligible for free school transport before you apply, as this might determine which schools you choose to apply for
  • you can amend your application at any time before the final closing date. If you miss the first closing date, you must wait until admission reopens. Please note this might not apply if you apply to a school outside of Lincolnshire. If this is the case, please check with the relevant authority for the school
  • if your child needs a school place in a different year group or wants to move schools at another point during the year, you will need to apply to move schools
  • If we receive your application during the initial admission opening dates, we will release offers on the following date:

  • Primary schools: 16 April 2024



How to appeal

If you wish to appeal a school place decision please see the link below for further details 

Appeal a school place decision – Before you appeal - Lincolnshire County Council


How to find your nearest school 

Find your nearest school – Lincolnshire County Council


Appeal a school place decision – How to appeal - Lincolnshire County Council





If you are unhappy with the way the appeal hearing was conducted, you can complain to the Local Government Ombudsman.

The Ombudsman is unable to overturn a panel’s decision but may suggest a fresh appeal with a new panel and clerk.


Complaints about academy appeals need to be sent to the Education Funding Agency by:


  • emailing
  • or writing to Admission Appeal Complaints, Academies Central Unit, Education Funding and Skills Agency, Earlsdon Park, Butts Road, Coventry, CV1 3BH


Or contact Mrs Gemma Atkinson, Hillcrest Early Years Academy Admission Officer on 01427 613483. 


Gainsborough Hillcrest Early Years Academy – Lincolnshire County Council