Starting school or moving up to junior school in September 2023

The Royal Borough of Windsor & Maidenhead delivers its school admissions service through Achieving for Children, a community interest company set up in partnership with the Royal Borough of Kingston and the London Borough of Richmond.

The Admissions Team operates a call back service only. Priority will be given to calls where the information is not available on the website or in the Admission into Primary School September 2023 guide

September 2023 Entry

Primary School Admissions covers those pupils starting at either:

  • Primary or First school at the beginning of Reception - Born between 01/09/2018 to 31/08/2019.
  • Junior school at the beginning of Year 3 - Born between 01/09/2015 to 31/08/2016.

Children in England can take up a full-time school place in a Reception class in the September following their fourth birthday, but there is no requirement for them to be in full-time education until the start of the school term following their fifth birthday. An application must  still be made at the correct time even if you wish to delay OR defer your child's entry. Full details will be published in the online Admission into Primary School September 2023 guide

Applications are open between Friday 11 November 2022 and Sunday 15 January 2023.

Key Dates 

  • Opening date - Friday 11 November 2022.
  • Closing date - Sunday 15 January 2023.
  • Extended deadline for exceptional circumstances - Tuesday 31 January 2023.
  • National Offer Date - Monday 17 April 2023.
  • Processing of late applications begins - Tuesday 18 April 2023.
  • Deadline to respond to a school place offer - Wednesday 3 May 2023.
  • Deadline to submit a late application to be considered in the second round of allocations - Wednesday 3 May 2023.
  • Offers to late applicants and allocations from waiting lists for all applicants - From Tuesday 23 May 2023.

Respond to Your School Place Offer

The deadline to respond to a school place offer was Wednesday 3 May 2023.

The online portal is no longer available to respond to an offer. 

If you have not responded to your school place offer, please email, with your child's full name, date of birth and the name of the school you are accepting or declining.

Offers are made on the basis on the information supplied on the application form. Fraudulent or misleading applications may lead to the subsequent withdrawal of an offer.

Waiting List Guidelines and Change of Preferences

Further offers will be made to applicants from waiting lists as places become available from Tuesday 23 May 2023. Waiting List positions will also be available from this date. Please do not contact the Admissions team or schools for waiting list information before this date as it will not be available. We are unable to take waiting list position requests by phone. If you would like to find out your child's waiting list position please email your request to

Your child will automatically be placed on waiting lists for any higher preferred schools they were not offered. If we are able to offer your child a place from the waiting list, the existing offer will automatically be taken away. Let us know in writing, as soon as possible if you are happy with the offer you have received and no longer wish for your child to be considered for any other schools. 

Requests for your child to be added to lower preferred schools i.e. schools ranked below the school which has been offered, are invalid and will not be considered. Instead, you must submit a request for a late change of preference form to 

Your request will be processed during the second round of allocations in May. We will not accept a request to change your preference order over the telephone. 

Waiting lists are ranked by the school's over-subscription criteria, not by the date your child's name was added to the waiting list. Positions may go up or down as names are added and removed from the list. 

If you have applied for a school place outside the borough, please contact the appropriate admitting authority for their waiting list rules. 

Schools we maintain waiting lists for

The admissions team will manage waiting lists for all community and voluntary controlled schools as the admitting authority for these schools and up until Thursday 31 August 2023, we will also manage the waiting lists for the following own admission authority schools: 

  • Braywick Court School
  • Dedworth Green First School
  • Eton Porny CofE First School

The following schools maintain their own waiting lists and must be contacted directly: 

  • Bisham CE Primary School - 01628 482910
  • Cheapside CE Primary School - 01344 621112
  • Clewer Green CE School - 01753 864544
  • Cookham Dean CE Primary School - 01628 482734
  • Datchet St. Marys CE Primary School - 01753 542982
  • Holy Trinity CE Primary School (Sunningdale) - 01344 620716
  • Holyport CE Primary School - 01628 627743
  • Knowl Hill CE Primary School - 01628 822584
  • Lowbrook Academy - 01628 671355
  • St. Edmund Campion Catholic Primary School - 01628 620183
  • St. Edwards First School - 01753 860607
  • St. Francis Catholic Primary School - 01344 622840
  • St. Mary's Catholic Primary School - 01628 622570
  • St. Michaels CE Primary School - 01344 622962
  • The Royal School - 01784 434274
  • Trinity St. Stephen CE First School - 01753 862540
  • White Waltham CE Primary School - 01628 822533

The Admissions team do not have any information relating to waiting lists for the above schools. 

Note: Schools may not be available to answer calls during half term breaks and public holidays. The admissions team do not have any information relating to waiting lists for the above schools.


You will have the right of appeal if your child has not been offered one or more preferred schools named on your application. The closing date for the submission of appeals to be heard in the first round is Monday 22 May 2023.

If your appeal is submitted after this date, it will still be heard, however, not within the first round of appeals in the summer term. Please visit the Democratic Services School Admission Appeals Webpage for more information.

Late Applications

Applications for a school place must be made through your home authority - this is the council where you live and to which you pay council tax. Residents can apply for non-Royal Borough schools using this live application process. 

Late applications i.e. those submitted after the closing date (Sunday 15 January 2023) will be considered during the second round of allocations, and decision letters will be sent from Tuesday 23 May 2023. 

After the deadline for the second round (Wednesday 3 May 2023) late applications will be processed after 23 May 2023 in order of receipt.

Please read our online Admission into Primary School guide before applying. 

Please complete the relevant form below to make a late application: 

Home to school transport support

The Home to School Transport policy and information on how to apply.

School admissions : Contact details

For further information, please contact us by:

School Admissions - Royal Borough of Windsor and Maidenhead
Town Hall, St Ives Road
Maidenhead SL6 1RF
Telephone: 01628 683870