Starting primary or junior/middle school in September 2024

The Citizens Portal for making an application for starting school for the first time or moving up to junior school in September 2024 closed on 15 January 2024. If you made an application by this date you will receive a school place offer on 16 April 2024 (national offer day) and will be able to log on to the portal to view your offer.

The online portal is now closed.

Applications can now only be made on the late application form for starting school or the late application for moving up to junior school.  Completed applications must be returned by email to

It is recommended that posted paper forms are sent by recorded delivery.  The Access to Education team is not responsible for forms lost in the post and is unable to acknowledge receipt.

Before applying

It is VERY important that you read a guide for parents and carers which gives you all the information you need about the application and allocation process.

Research the schools that you are interested in applying to:

  • Find your catchment area school.  There is no guarantee that your child will be offered a place at your local school.  This will depend on how many applications are received for the places available.
  • Understand the admission criteria for your preferred schools (read section E of the guide for parents and carers or visit the schools website for details).  This information should give you an indication of how likely your child is to be offered a place, especially for those schools that are oversubscribed.

Choosing school preferences

Once you have done your research you are ready to decide your preferred schools.  There is no right to a particular school place.  You can state four preferences for schools on your application. 

The school preferences you make are treated equally.  This means that no matter where you place a school in your list of preferences, it will be treated the same way as all other applicants who also chose that school, regardless of where they have placed the school in their list. 

The reason it is so important to list the schools in the order of preference is that if a place can be offered at more than one of your preferences, you will be offered the highest preference from the list you provided. 

Naming other schools will not affect your chance of being offered a place at a higher preference school.  If there are no places available at any of your preferences, a school place will be offered at the nearest school to your home address with a place still available.

Completing the application form

  • You are advised to use all four preferences.  Listing a school more than once or only listing one school will not increase your chances of receiving an offer
  • Ensure all information has been completed correctly and no information missed.  Any mistakes could affect your application
  • You are advised to choose your catchment school as one of your preferences, should higher preferences not be available
  • Ensure your school preferences include a school(s) that your child is most likely to meet the admission criteria
  • If you apply after the closing date you are far less likely to get a place at one of your preferred schools
  • If you are moving house during the application process, refer to Applying for a school places whilst moving home
  • If your preference is to attend a school outside of Milton Keynes, you are still required to apply via Milton Keynes City Council

Processing of applications

  • Between January 2024 and April 2024 the council will be processing applications.  Your child’s information is passed to all schools that you have applied to.  Foundation schools, Catholic schools and academies will then rank all applicants in order of the oversubscription criteria to enable us to allocate places in readiness for national offer day on 16 April 2024.
  • If you have applied for a school place outside of Milton Keynes, we will pass your child’s details onto the relevant local authority that will then apply their procedures and advise us if a place can be offered.

School place offer dates

For applications received by 15 January 2024, national offer day is 16 April 2024.  If you applied online, you can log onto the Citizen Portal to find out the school place that has been offered.  An email will be sent to you confirming the details (please note, emails will be sent throughout the day).  If you made a paper application you will be sent a letter by second class post. 

If you applied late the offer days are:

Late application received between Notification date
16 January 2024 and 23 April 2024 31 May 2024
24 April 2024 and 2 June 2024   28 June 2024
3 June 2024 and 30 June 2024 17 July 2024

Applications received thereafter will receive an outcome by 31 August 2024.         

Deferred entry to school and admission outside of chronological year group

The majority of children usually start school in the September following their fourth birthday, although sometimes parents choose to defer entry until later in the school year.  The law states that all children have to be in full time education by the start of the term following their fifth birthday. This is the point when children reach statutory school age. 

The majority of children are usually educated in their chronological year group, although sometimes parents wish to consider admission outside of their child’s chronological year group.

If you are considering either of these options, please read the information here before completing a request form for Year R summer born or a request form for all other year groups.

Brooklands Farm Primary School

Brooklands Farm Primary School is one school with two campuses: Fen Street and Countess Way. The school serves the settlements of Brooklands and Broughton Gate.

The campus allocation policy outlines how children are allocated to each campus and explains the process for parents to request a transfer to the alternative campus.

If for any reason, you are unhappy with the campus allocated and would like to request a different campus, a transfer request can be made.  The next opportunity to request a campus transfer is from 16 April 2024 for campus transfers in September 2024.  A campus transfer request form will be available here from 16 April 2024.

If you applied for a school in Buckinghamshire, Bedfordshire or Northamptonshire and have not been offered your choice

You need to contact the relevant local authority to enquire about waiting lists and appeals.

Buckinghamshire Council

North Northamptonshire Council

West Northamptonshire Council

Bedford Borough Council

Central Bedfordshire Council


Information relating to attending schools

Home to school transport

Parents and carers are responsible for ensuring their children attend school regularly and for arranging their safe arrival at school and journey home at the end of the day.  See if your child is eligible for assistance in getting to and from school and how to apply.

Free school meals

Parents and carers who receive certain benefits may be eligible for either pupil premium funding or free school meals.  Enquiries about free school meals should be made direct to individual schools.

Children with Special Educational Needs (SEN)

If you have any queries about your child’s special needs or wish to request a leaflet explaining the transfer process, please contact the SEND team.








Education Access Team (Primary Schools)

Education Access Team contact information

Civic, 1 Saxon Gate East, Central Milton Keynes MK9 3EJ