Starting School
By law, children must start school from the beginning of the school term after their fifth birthday. In Leeds children normally start school at the beginning of the academic year in which they have their fifth birthday.

Your child must be in full-time education the term following their fifth birthday.

This video takes you through the key steps of applying for your child to start primary, junior or secondary school for the first time.  

Nursery Admissions

Nursery application form link

Are you looking for a Nursery place for your child?

Sharp Lane Primary School Nursery offers 15 hours per week, available over four session options. The options are:


Monday to Friday mornings

Monday to Friday afternoons

Monday, Tuesday all day and Wednesday morning

Wednesday afternoon, all day Thursday and Friday


Children start Nursery the term following their 3rd birthday subject to available spaces.

To add your child's details to the Nursery waiting list, please complete and submit the google Nursery application form using the link below.

Admissions Information - September 2023 Start


Applying for School Places to start September 2023

We are a community school and the admission authority is Leeds City Council, which sets our admission policy every year.   

You can read our school’s admission policy using this link Leeds City Council Primary Admissions Policy


How to apply for a September 2023 place

If you are applying for a Reception place for September 2023, all applications are made in advance. Offers are made by the Local Authority on national offer day. You must apply to the local authority who empties your bins. If this is Leeds, go to The website is a composite prospectus for all Leeds schools and this includes:  

  • all of the steps you need to go through to make an application
  • the key dates
  • a search tool to see if your home address gives any higher priority for admission to any school(s)
  • an explanation about how places are offered if there are more applications than spaces (oversubscribed)
  • the online application portal - apply online and you’ll be sent your offer by email
  • a summary of each school’s individual admission policy criteria
  • data about who got a place in the last 3 years - will help you work out if there is a reasonable chance of your child qualifying for a place.
  • Information about applying under specific admission criteria (such as your child being previously looked after). It is really important to ensure you submit all supporting evidence by the deadline to show you meet any such criteria.

You can also watch the Leeds City Council school admissions video ) for more information. 

The council’s social media pages will also tell you about any Q&A sessions where you can ask questions.

You can also see information about our school, including previous admission data, on our school page on the Leeds City Council’s website 


Application timetable 

 The below timetable applies to applications made to Leeds City Council. If you apply to another local authority, they may have different dates


For more information about Admissions, please visit the policy page and click on the links for September 2023 or September 2024 starts.

Please find more guidance on our Uniform page.  Uniform is available at many good local retailers and through our uniform supplier Mapac (samples of the products they supply are available in the School Office if you need to check the size)