Primary schools – what you need to know to choose, apply and appeal

Finding your child's first school can feel confusing so here's everything you need to know, what to ask and what to look out for. We also decode the rules on applying and appealing to get the best primary school for your child

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Choosing and applying for a school for your child can be a stressful process, especially against the backdrop of schools experiencing record numbers of pupils as the UK birth rate increases. We’ve created a handy guide to choosing primary schools and how to go about applying for the best chance of getting a place. And if it comes to appealing, we’re here for you too.

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The general deadline for applications this year is January 15, 2016.

But do check with your local council as deadlines can vary slightly around the country.

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How to choose a primary school

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Applying and starting school

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