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The best way to apply for a school place is online at 

Important dates to remember if your child is starting school for the first time (reception) – September 2017 (children who are 5 years old between 01 September 2017 and 31 August 2018)


From Monday 7 November 2016 • Apply for a school place
• Information available to parents
Sunday 15 January 2017 • Closing date for receipt of applications and any supplementary or supporting information including any special circumstances
Friday 17 February 2017 • Last date for exceptional late applications and changes to preference to be received in order to be considered by the admission authority as on time, refer to page 20
Tuesday 18 April 2017
• Emails sent to online applicants with the outcome of their application
• Letters sent to parents by second class post showing the outcome of their application
 • Unsuccessful on-time applications added to waiting lists for schools with an intake at reception and year 3
• Appeals can be lodged
From Thursday 4 May 2017 • Online responses processed
• Processing of late applications and changes to preferences starts
• Any available places begin to be offered from the waiting lists in line with the relevant admission oversubscription criteria
June/July 2017 • Independent appeals heard
Friday 1 September 2017 • Applications received from this date will be processed in line with in-year arrangements, page 21


Standard reception year admission over subscription criteria for community and voluntary controlled schools - September 2017

In the event of over subscription, the following criteria will be applied, in priority order, to decide which applications will be granted once places have first been allocated to pupils who have either an education, health and care plan or a statement of special educational needs which names the school:
1. Children who are looked after by a local authority and previously looked after children.
2. Children who live in the catchment area at the closing date for applications and who, at the time of admission, will have a brother or sister attending the school.
3. Other children who live in the catchment area at the closing date for applications.
4. Children who live outside the catchment area.