School admissions: Closing dates and late applications

The following information is for children due to start Reception or Year 7 in September 2020. 

If your child should have started Reception or Year 7 in September 2019 but didn't, please submit a late application for 2019 intake.

The application closing dates for 2020 intake are:

  • Secondary school - 31st October 2019
  • Primary school - 15th January 2020

Please ensure that you have completed the online preference form AND returned any supplementary paper forms (where applicable) directly to your preferred schools by the closing date. You can apply online from 12th September 2019.

Late applications

If you miss the above closing dates, PDF application forms will be available to print/download from the following dates:

  • Year 7 application form - available from 1st November 2019
  • Primary application form - available from 16th January 2020

Primary schools

Forms received after 15th January 2020 but before 20th March 2020

Preference forms received after the closing date will be considered as late applications unless there is a valid reason for the application being late e.g. change of address, change in a medical condition or exceptional circumstances.

We will continue to process late applications and send the information to schools and other local authorities. However, schools and local authorities may have late application policies which means that applications received on time will be given priority over late applications.

Forms received after 20th March 2020

  • Late applications with a valid reason will be placed on a waiting list if the school is oversubscribed.
  • Late applications without a valid reason will be considered after those applications considered on time.
  • If the school has places available the child will be offered a place at that school.

Note: If your preference form is received after the closing date we cannot guarantee to send the offer email/letter out on 16th April 2020.

Secondary schools

Forms received after 31st October 2019 but before 17th January 2020

Forms received after the closing date will be considered as late applications unless there is a valid reason for being late e.g. change of address, change in a medical condition or exceptional social reasons.

  • Late applications with a valid reason will be considered with applications received on time.
  • Late applications without a valid reason will be considered after those applications received on time.
  • Late applications with a valid reason will be placed on a waiting list if the school is oversubscribed.
  • Late applications without a valid reason will be considered after those applications received on time.
  • If the school has places available the child will be offered a place at that school.

Forms received after 17th January 2020

  • Late applications with a valid reason will be placed on a waiting list if the school is oversubscribed.
  • Late applications without a valid reason will be considered after those applications received on time.
  • If the school has places available the child will be offered a place at that school.

Note: If your preference form is received after the closing date we cannot guarantee to send the offer letter out on 1st March 2020.