When can my child start school?
Most children start school in the September following their fourth birthday. However, by law a child does not have to start school until the term following their fifth birthday.
- Birthday: 1st September 2017 to 31 August 2018 - Start School: September 2022
- Birthday: 1 September 2018 to 31 August 2019 - Start School: September 2023
- Birthday: 1 September 2019 to 31 August 2020 - Start School: September 2024
All reception age children are offered full time places when they start at our school. If parents want their child to attend part time from September or to delay entry until later on in the academic year, please contact us directly to arrange this.
More information about finding a primary school place can be found in the comprehensive guide provided by Wiltshire Council here.
We welcome any potential parents to visit our school on any Tuesday to have a look around and ask any questions. If you would like to arrange a visit, please Contact Us to book in.
How to apply for a place at this school:
For children due to start school in September 2023, you must apply through Wiltshire Council for a school place for your child by midnight on 15th January 2023.
Non-Wiltshire residents should apply to their own local authority for a place in this school. This also applies to families planning to move to the area (except service personnel, see below).
In the event of oversubscription, we will apply our Admissions Policy's criteria for determining priority of admission (please see our Admissions Policy)
Bulford St Leonard’s Church of England Primary School reserves the right to request parents to verify their child’s birth date by producing a birth certificate or other official document.
Wiltshire Council Admissions Contact Details
By Post: School Admissions, Wiltshire Council, County Hall, Trowbridge. BA14 8JN
By email: email@example.com
By phone: 01225 713010
Where changes are proposed to the admissions arrangements (including any supplementary information form) that will apply for admissions applications the following academic year, the admission authority must first publicly consult on those arrangements.
In Year Transfers and transferring from another school for 2022- 2023 Academic Year
To transfer your child to Bulford St Leonard’s Church of England Primary School during the 2022 - 2023 Academic Year, you should apply online through Wiltshire Council
To transfer your child to a school outside Wiltshire, you should contact the admissions authority for the new school to clarify the admissions process.
Applications from service personnel moving into Wiltshire
When applying for a school place, children of UK Service personnel (HM forces) or other crown servants are treated as meeting the residency criteria for a particular area, even if they don’t yet own a house in the county. Until a fixed address is available, the unit address of the military base will be used and a school place allocated accordingly.
Parents are advised to attach proof of their posting to the transfer application form and a letter of support from the commanding officer if the posting note does not indicate the housing arrangements.
If your child will be starting school in September with the normal round of admissions, parents must send proof of their posting to the county.
Arrangements for the admission of children with an Education Health and Care Plan
Upon notification of a forthcoming admission of a pupil with disabilities, the school liaises with parents, the child’s current school or nursery and, where appropriate, external agencies in order to provide a good transition into our school.
Transfer to secondary school: At the end of year 6, children transfer to secondary school with the majority of our children going to Avon Valley College or Stonehenge Secondary. Applications for a place at secondary school must be made through Wiltshire Council in the Autumn term of year 6.
Transfer arrangements for our Year 6 pupils are sent to parents during the Spring Term prior to their children starting in September. These arrangements include visits to Bulford St Leonard's by Avon Valley or Stonehenge staff, visits made to Avon Valley or Stonehenge by our Year 6 pupils and Parents Evenings when you can visit the schools and meet the teachers who will be directly involved with your child/children.