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How to Apply for a Reception Place

Parents of children who were born between 1 September 2017 and 31 August 2018, had until Saturday 15th January 2022 to apply for their Reception place in a primary school. 

Once parents have made up their mind, they should complete the online application process with Swindon Borough Council. Failure to submit an application in time will mean that Swindon Borough Council will allocate your child a place at a school that has availability. We encourage parents to sign up for their child’s Reception place before the deadline of 15th January 2022. 

To reach Swindon Borough Council's portal click this link: Apply for a place at Primary School

Guidelines for applying online

  1. You need to set up an online account and register your email address for this process.
  2. Regardless of whether you are applying for a place at Alton Close or Beech Avenue, Swindon Borough Council uses the Beech Avenue address because this is the HQ for Swindon Academy. Please select Swindon Academy as your first choice in order to have a better chance of getting a place offer.
  3. You will be able to specify Reasons for your school choice, including distance from the school. Your address will indicate whether you are allocated Alton Close or Beech Avenue, once you have been offered a place at Swindon Academy. We cannot guarantee that spaces will be available at your choice of site.
  4. We have created a step-by-step guide to the application, to help make it easier to follow: please open here.

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