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School admissions

Child reading in a library at schoolSeptember 2016 applications

You can now apply online for a September 2016 reception class place.

Please note: The closing date for September 2016 secondary school transfer applications has now passed. If you have not yet submitted your application you can still apply online however your application will be late. Please see page 11 of the 'Transferring to Secondary School' booklet for further information.

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School transport

Before applying for a school place we urge you to consider how you will transport your child to school, taking into account any potential transport costs. Please be advised that school admissions and school transport policies are prescribed through different pieces of legislation. School admission applications are calculated using a straight line distance. School transport applications are assessed using an in-house GIS mapping system that measures the nearest available walking route. From September 2015 travel assistance will only be offered to pupils attending their nearest school subject to the distance criteria.

In year admissions

Applications for in year school transfers once submitted will go directly to the school or academy for them to process. 

Please note: consultation is currently being undertaken seeking views on a number of proposed changes to the current home to school transport policies. For further information regarding the review please visit the consultation page.


It is not always possible to offer your child a place in your preferred school, however, you can appeal the decision.

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