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Starting School September 2018.


You must apply for a school place even if:

  • your preferred school is not in Luton
  • your preferred school is a faith school, a foundation school, an academy or a free school
  • your child is attending a pre-school or early years class attached to your preferred school

It is  important that you read Luton Borough Council's 'How to apply for a school place for September 2018 guide' which can be downloaded from the bottom of the page.


You will be able to apply online until 15 January 2018 by clicking on the Education Portal button below.

The Access to Education Team is providing the following support for families:

Access to Education Support Drop-in Sessions- offered at The Leagrave Centre on the following dates. Parents and carers can attend these sessions to complete their applications and ask any questions/receive advice regarding the process. No appointment necessary. 

Wednesday 27th September 2017 8.30-12noon

Wednesday 11th October 2017 12.30pm-4pm

Wednesday 18th October 2017 8.30-12noon


All documents must be provided by 15 January 2018.


My child is under four years old - when do I need to apply for a school place?

Dates of birth Due to start school (Reception Year) Apply from Closing date
​1/9/13-31/8/14 Sep 2018 Oct 2017 15 Jan 2018
1/9/14-31/8/15 ​Sep 2019 ​Oct 2018 ​15 Jan 2019
​1/8/15-31/8/16 ​Sep 2020 ​Oct 2019 ​15 Jan 2020