Primary school admissions - key dates and deadlines

​Stage in processDateAction
Prepare and apply11 September 2017 onwards
  • Read the information on this website carefully
  • Visit schools on open days / evenings and read school prospectuses
  • Attend the school admissions application events or contact the Admissions Team if you have any questions
  • Read schools' oversubscription admission criteria
​Deadline for applying15 January 2018 at 5pm - closing date for applications
  • Submit your preference form by the closing date
  • Send your supplementary information forms (SIF) if applicable to the preferred school(s) in support of your application.
  • If we receive your application after 5pm on 15 January 2018 your application will be considered as a late application and will be processed in our additional rounds of allocation (see below)
Offers of school placeMonday 16 April 2018
  • Offer emails sent or view your offer online (online applicants only)
  • Offer letters posted only to those that applied using a paper application form (by the closing date).
​Next steps16 April 2018 onwards
  • We will assume you have accepted the allocated place unless you let us know otherwise (check the rules on acceptance directly with the school if you are offered a school place in another county)
  • Apply to join a waiting list by sending us an email or a letter or submit an appeal form for your preferred school if you wish
  • We will not withdraw a school place solely because you are dissatisfied and decline the offer. We must have notice that your child has a school place elsewhere. This is because we have a duty to ensure that all children are receiving their education entitlement.
​Additional rounds of applications (late applications)

Cut off dates for applications to be included in each round: 

Round 1
11 May 2018 (process starts 21 May 2018 and takes 3-4 weeks)

Round 2
13 June 2018 (process starts 18 June 2018 and takes 2-3 weeks)

Round 3
27 June 2018 (process starts 2 July 2018 and takes 2-3 weeks)

Applications received after 27 June 2018 will be processed according to our in year policy from the end of July 2018.

  • Late applications are dealt with in rounds. Each round has a cut off for applications to be included in it. The allocation process can take a number of weeks, depending on how many applications are received.
  • Emails will be sent to all late applicants who apply online. We will only inform parents of children on a waiting list if we are able to offer a place. Otherwise, their child's name will remain on the waiting list for the next round.

    There is no need to contact us after completing a late application form - we will contact you once an offer has been made.