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 (beginning of September term).   Your child must be in full-time education the term following their fifth birthday.  

Entry into Reception

Reception admissions for September are dealt with by the Admissions Team at Leeds City Council.  All applications are made directly to admissions using Leeds City Council's on-line application process at
Parents will receive communication from the admissions team approximately October time to inform them the application process is open, and where and how to apply.  Please state five preferred choices of schools on your application.  Sharp Lane Primary School does not have any involvement in this process or decisions made when allocating places. 

In Year Admissions 

All admissions outside the normal round (annual cycle) are again processed by application, directly to Leeds Admissions.  See link above.  Sharp Lane Primary School will be informed of your interest for a school place.  The School Office Team will contact you about your application with a decision based on available space within the cohort.  

Nursery Admissions

Are you looking for a Nursery place for your child?

Sharp Lane Primary School Nursery offers 
30 hours (limited places) and 15 hours per week.


Available over five session options:

30 hours - Monday to Friday all day (subject to eligibility and availability)

15 hours - Monday to Friday mornings

15 hours - 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 2024 Start


Applying for School Places to start September 2024

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 2024 place

If you are applying for a Reception place for September 2024, 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 

Applications for a Reception place starting September 2024 opens in October with a deadline of 15th January. 

More information can be found below in our Admission Policy below.


Leeds City Council has determined the admission arrangements for community and voluntary controlled schools for the 2025/2026 school year. The 2025 Leeds co-ordination schemes have also been approved. These documents can be found here:



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