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Timeline for applying for a Junior School place in Buckinghamshire

Timeline for applying for a Junior School place in Bucks – act now!

little girls writing with pencil With so many Outstanding (as rated by OFSTED) primary schools in Bucks it is no wonder that we hear from clients wishing to move to the area to secure a school place. Many of the Outstanding rated Bucks primary schools have the added draw of being located near the 13 selective grammar schools across Buckinghamshire – and competition is fierce to secure a place at one of these schools.

If you have a toddler or primary school aged child, you may think secondary education feels a long way off – but it comes round faster than you may realise. Rather than making two moves, do your research now and make one successful move.

First step: So how do you put yourself in the best possible position? Start your research early!Boy climbing steps with teddy
Make sure you know the essential date deadlines. The dates for 2020 entry have not yet been released but these dates are indicative based on this year’s deadlines.

September – December 2019: Visit primary schools that you are interested in and get a feel for the school and ask questions
4th November 2019: Primary Portal opens for applications
14th January 2020:   pm Deadline for applications
28th January 2020:  Deadline for providing address evidence
14th April:                  National Offer Day

Bucks County Council Application for Primary School website here:

Second step: is to narrow down school choices
After researching preferred schools make a shortlist of the ones you really like and then find out catchment areas and fluctuations within the catchment maps over recent years.

map of marlowThird step: is to start home search within the desired areas.
If you are moving for a school place then do not risk going for a house on the boundary of a catchment area and hope that you will be successful. With fluctuations in birth rates and increasing demand on places you need to put yourself in the best possible position.

Now is a good time to research housing options close to excellent primaries before the deadlines creep up. The summer months can often be a bit quieter in the housing market so it is a good time to negotiate and get a feel for what is out there. If you leave it too late to try and coincide with school application deadlines you will be one of many on the estate agent’s books doing the same.

Fourth step: Be ahead of the curve!
If you would like more information regarding school choices, catchment areas, housing prices and availability then do get in touch. Call Chiltern Relocation on 01494 672086 or email enquiries@chilternrelocation.com or visit our website here:

Looking for Grammar school places see our blog here:
Looking for areas to live in Buckinghamshire see our area guides here:
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