Reception late applications

If your child is due to start Reception in September 2023 the official closing date for applications is 15th January 2023. If you have missed the closing date you can submit a late application from 16th January 2023.

Process for late applications

Forms received after 15th January 2023 but before 20th March 2023

Preference forms received after the closing date will be considered as late applications unless there is a valid reason for the application being late e.g. change of address, change in a medical condition or exceptional circumstances.

We will continue to process late applications and send the information to schools and other local authorities. However, schools and local authorities may have late application policies which means that applications received on time will be given priority over late applications.

Forms received after 20th March 2023

  • Late applications with a valid reason will be placed on a waiting list if the school is oversubscribed.
  • Late applications without a valid reason will be considered after those applications considered on time.
  • If the school has places available the child will be offered a place at that school.

Note: If your preference form is received after the closing date we cannot guarantee to send the offer email/letter out on 17th April 2023.

Submit a late application

You can submit a late application for a Reception place online below when the late application window opens from 16th January 2023.

You will be asked to choose 3 schools. If you live in Liverpool but want to name a school in another local authority area, select 'Non-Liverpool school' from the dropdown menu and enter the name of the school.

If you want your application to be considered under exceptional social or medical grounds or other criteria you will be prompted to upload copies of any proof documents to support your application. This can be a photograph or copy of a document.

The total combined size of any files you upload should not exceed 15MB.

Late applications for Reception 2023 entry will open from 16th January 2023.

Remember, you will also need to send any supplementary information forms directly to schools that require them. These are normally required by faith schools.  

Application forms are available to download directly from school websites.