Apply for a school place

How to apply

You can apply for a school place in September online:

  • primary school admissions open on 16 November 2020 and close 15 January 2021
    • re-opens 17 April 2021 and closes 17 May 2021
  • secondary school admissions open on 9 September 2020 and closes on 31 October 2020
    • re-opens 2 March 2021 and closes 30 March 2021

When you apply:

Service personnel and crown servants

You can apply for a school place in advance of a forces move. 

You can apply within the usual deadline for Reception, Year 3 or Year 7. At any other time, you must apply six weeks in advance.

We will use your unit postal or forces housing address to apply a school's oversubscription criteria. You must send us proof of your posting.

We will ask the schools you apply for if they wish to offer you a place, even if they are full.

If none of them can offer a place, we will find you one at the closest school.

Foreign nationals

All European Economic Area (EEA) and Swiss national children have the right to enter the country to access a school.

If you hold a General, Business, or Family Visitor visa to the UK, your child cannot study at an academy, local authority-funded school or further education college.

If you would like your child to study in the UK, your child must hold a Tier 4 visa to allow them to study at an independent school.

Your child must hold the correct entry visa before you make an application for a school place.

Make or amend a school application