Applying for a school place

Attention - school admissions and school appeals

Due to the current COVID-19 situation and with the closure of schools we envisage a serious delay to any in-year applications for school places.

This means we are not accepting any in year applications at this time due to the schools being closed.

We recognise that our service is important to you and appreciate your patience and understanding during this time.

Applications for children starting primary school or moving to a secondary or junior school in September are currently unaffected.

We will contact you as soon as we have any further information.

If you are moving into the Borough and you fall into the category of vulnerable learner or key worker and may require assistance regarding a school place in terms of child care please email

Please note that, having regard to the Government's decision to close schools (except for looking after the children of keyworkers and vulnerable children), all admission appeals have been postponed until such time that further guidance is received from government or that schools fully re-open. 

Please contact legal and democratic email if you wish to receive further advice

Apply for school placements in 2020/21 for the following year groups.

Year group Closing date for applications
Reception (born between 1 September 2015 - 31 August 2016) 15 January 2020
Infant/Junior (Year 2 into Year 3) 15 January 2020
Secondary (born between 1 September 2008 - 31 August 2009) 31 October 2019

If a child has an Education, Health & Care Plan (EHCP) the closing date is 31 October 2019.

To make a late application please use the following online form:

Apply for a school place

View a step-by-step guide on how to apply for school placements in 2020/21. Please also view our School Admissions Mythbuster which clarifies common assumptions about the application process. 

You can apply for a school place on line using a tablet, laptop, computer or smart phone.

If you do not have access to a computer you can go to your local library and ask a member of staff to help you submit an application.

Before you complete your application please refer to our School Admissions Information Booklet 2020/21.

Applying for school places for academic year 2020/21

The current Home to School Travel Policy will apply to any parent/carer applying for their child's primary or secondary education placement during the normal admissions round for school places for September 2020.

The new Home to School Travel Assistance Policy, if agreed by Cabinet following consideration of the consultation outcome, will come into force for any applications made for a new school place after September 2020.

Ofsted are changing the way they inspect and report on schools. The new Education Inspection Framework is coming into force in September 2019. Please visit GOV.UK for further information.

Last updated: 2.20pm on Wednesday 25 March 2020

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