Primary school admissions - key dates and deadlines

​Stage in processDateAction
Prepare and apply10 September 2020 onwards
  • Read the information on this website carefully.
  • Visit schools on open days / evenings and read school prospectuses.
  • Contact the Admissions Team if you have any questions.
  • Read schools' oversubscription admission criteria.
​Deadline for applying15 January 2021 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 2021 your application will be considered as a late application and will be processed in our additional rounds of allocation (see below).
Offers of school place16 April 2021
  • 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 2021 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
7 May 2021 (process starts 17 May 2021 and can take up to 4 weeks)

Round 2
9 June 2021 (process starts 16 June 2021 and can take up to 3 weeks)

Round 3
25 June 2021 (process starts 2 July 2021 and can take up to 3 weeks)

Applications received after 25 June 2021 will be processed according to our in year policy from the end of July 2021.

  • 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.