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Thank you for your interest in Rufford Church of England Primary School

Applying for School Places for September 2018

When to apply

Applications open on 1 September 2017. The deadline for applications to primary schools is 15 January 2018.

Children can start school from the September after their fourth birthday.

Apply for a school place

 If you live in Lancashire you must follow Lancashire County Council's application process; even if you live near a neighbouring local authority and have chosen one or more schools outside Lancashire.

You need to apply for a place at a primary school, even if  your child's brother or sister is already attending your preferred school.

Applications must be made via Lancashire's on-line system at:-  (then click on "Apply for a school place”)


The on line application form is quick and easy to use and offers an e-mail receipt once you have submitted your application.

Remember to ensure that you hit the "submit" button when you are ready to send in your completed on-line application. 


Supplementary information forms (SIF)

Rufford Church of England Primary School Supplementary Information Form

As a voluntary aided (church) school, we require you to complete a supplementary information form (SIF) as well as the Lancashire on-line application form. Upon completion the SIF must be handed into the school. Please note if you express a preference for more than one church school you will need to complete a SIF  for each school.

You can download the relevant SIF here:


Closing Dates

The closing dates for applications for September 2018 are at 11:59 pm on:-

Primary school applications – 15th January 2018

Secondary school applications – 31st October 2017

When to apply for a school place

The age your child will start school depends when their birthday is. Children can start school from the September after their fourth birthday. 
These are the dates that children would usually start school and when to apply for a school place:

Primary school

Child born between Starts primary school Apply between
1 Sep 2013 - 31 Aug 2014 Sep 2018 Sep 2017 - Jan 2018
1 Sep 2014 - 31 Aug 2015 Sep 2019 Sep 2018 - Jan 2019
1 Sep 2015 - 31 Aug 2016 Sep 2020 Sep 2019 - Jan 2020
1 Sep 2016 - 31 Aug 2017 Sep 2021 Sep 2020 - Jan 2021

Please click on the pdf files below for the School's Admission Policy and Supplementary Information Form (SIF).

Please note parents should refer to the admissions policy for the school year their child started in Reception Class.




If you require further information regarding the admissions procedure please do not hesitate to contact the Headteacher.