It’s nearly time to apply for your child’s school place online

Published: 29 August 2019

Parents and carers will be able to apply for their child’s school place from Sunday (1 September) and the good news is that it’s easily done online.

For children starting school, transferring from infant to junior or from primary to secondary, applications should be made via eAdmissions at

The deadline for secondary school admissions is 31 October 2019.

If your child will be five years old between 1 September 2020 and 31 August 2021, they will be due to start school in September next year.

Parents of children currently in Year 2 in an infant school will need to apply for a Year 3 place in a junior or primary school for September 2020. Children do not automatically transfer from infant to junior/primary school.

Applications for starting school, and infant to junior transfer, close on 15 January 2020.

It's important that you select six preferred schools when making your application.

This gives you more opportunity to be offered a local school place, if you meet the criteria for being offered a school place and are within the catchment are for secondary schools, or the furthest distance offered in previous years for primary schools.

Cllr Elaine Norman, Cabinet Member for Children and Young People, said: “It’s really important parents start thinking about their school choices and apply by the deadline.  If they don’t get their application completed in time and let us know what their preferred schools are, there’s a chance their child won’t get a place at a school they want them to attend. Our teams are making it as easy as possible for parents to apply and are happy to help if you have any questions about the process.”

Parents and carers sending supporting documents for proof of residence can scan them and attach them to their online application. Alternatively, you can email them to

You can find more information on how school places are offered and applying online as well as videos to help you with your application and answer some simple questions on our website.

The national offer days are as follows:

Starting school:  16 April 2020

Infant to junior transfer:  16 April 2020

Secondary transfer:  2 March 2020

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