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Apply for a primary or infant school place

Admission to reception at Primary school/ Year 3 Junior School & lower to middle school places for September 2018

 Letters confirming the results of the waiting list round of allocations were sent out 2nd class on Monday 14th May 2018.

If you applied to go on the waiting list but have not received your letter please email school.admissions@gloucestershire.gov.uk Reply forms received with these letters should be returned by 29th May 2018.

If you have been unsuccessful in gaining a place at your preferred school/s you can contact us from 17th May 2018 to find out your child’s position on any waiting list.

Where places are available or become available in a school we will continue to allocate places on a regular basis. Please see below for dates

  • Friday 8th June 2018 and then every Friday up to the end of the summer term. Notification letters will be posted, second class, on these dates.


You are able to submit a “late” response/application using the alternative methods below but any late waiting list requests will be considered after all the on-time applications have been administered.

  • Please complete the online primary reply form which is available on this webpage
  • If you live outside of Gloucestershire or if you are a Gloucestershire resident applying for the first time please complete the “waiting list common application form” available as a download in the “forms” column
  • If you encounter problems with our online reply form or waiting list common application form then please email your response using the below template, to school.admissions@gloucestershire.gov.uk
Childs Name: -
Childs Date of Birth:-
Childs Address:-
Allocated School:-
Please indicate if you are accepting or declining this place, if declining please provide a reason.
Names of schools, in preference order, whose waiting list you wish your child’s name to be added to:-

Please Note:

  • If you have moved address since 15th January 2018, please advise and provide proof of the new address.
  • If we are able to offer your child a place from any of the waiting lists, then your original offer will be withdrawn and the new school allocated in its place.

School admission appeals timetable: Reception/Junior September 2018 entry

If you feel you would like lodge an appeal and have your case heard by an Appeal Panel that is independent of the school's admission authority please click on your preferred school/s in the drop down box below for further guidance on lodging an appeal.

The school selector will appear shortly. If it doesn't go to the backup page to check your options for appeal

Key dates

3 November 2017

Letters sent out explaining how to apply for a school place for children starting reception. For children transferring to Junior school the letter will be sent to the infant school for them to hand out to the children. If you are a Gloucestershire resident and you still have not received a letter by December 2017 please contact coordinated admissions

6 November 2017
15 January 2018

Online application facility open

15 January 2018

Closing date for all applications

16 April 2018

Allocation Day

30 April 2018

Closing date to return reply form accepting the School/Academy place or requesting to be put on waiting list/s

15 May 2018

Letters sent out advising outcome of waiting list requests

29 May 2018

Closing date for return of reply forms

June 2018 to July 2018


In Gloucestershire children can start primary/infant school/academy, if their parents wish, in the September of the school year in which they become five. For children due to start in September 2018 the child's date of birth falls between 1 September 2013 and 31 August 2014. The school year starts on 1 September.

We have three types of primary school:

  • Infant for pupils aged 4 to 7 in 3 year groups - Reception, Year 1 and Year 2
  • Junior for pupils aged 7 to 11 in 4 year groups - Years 3,4,5 and 6
  • Primary for pupils aged 4 to 11 in 7 year groups from Reception through to Year 6.

In certain circumstances your child may get help with the cost of transport to school. We need to know how many children need transport several months before they start school in September so you need to apply as soon as you know which school your child will be going to.

You can find out how to apply on our school transport pages.

Did you know that you must apply to the county council for a primary school place, even if you have put your name down at a school or your child has an older sibling at that school?

Every year, there are parents who do not put in an application form for their child as they believe they do not need to do so, having put their child's name down at their preferred school.

Others don't apply as they think that their child will be automatically admitted to the school their older brother and sister attends or to the school that the child's nursery or pre-school is linked to.

An application must be made to the county council for every child starting school in September 2018.

Parents can apply online 24 hours a day, seven days a week from November until midnight on 15th January or by completing a paper form which can be downloaded from the same site or requested from the county council's Co-ordinated Admissions on 01452 425407.

Full information on the admissions process and information about individual schools is available in School Admission Guidance and Infant, Primary and Junior booklet available online. It is important for parents to read this information before applying for a school place.

Parents are encouraged to list five preferred schools on their form as school places cannot be guaranteed - failing to include second, third, fourth and fifth preferences could lead to children being allocated school places parents would not have listed. Parents must apply online or return their form by 15th January 2018.

Parents will find out which school they have been allocated on 16th April and will need to return the reply form by 30th April. After 15th May, if parents have requested to go on a waiting list, requested an alternative placement, or have made a late application, they will receive the result of the reconsideration of the school place application.

If you have any questions about primary school admissions, contact Gloucestershire County Council's Co-ordinated Admissions on 01452 425407

If you only put one preference, you will be allocated that school

No. You could disadvantage yourself by not using all your preferences. If you only name one, you will only be considered for that school and if you don't get in, you could be allocated a school far away.

If you name the same school in all five preferences, you are considered five times for that school

No, this is the same as only naming one school.

Schools will only look at those children who have named them as first preference

No, schools do not know in which order they have been named. An equal ranking system is used to allocate places.

A child who has been baptised is guaranteed a place at a faith school

No, if the school receives more applications than places available the places will be offered in line with over subscription criteria of the school. These can viewed in the Infant, Primary and Junior Booklet .

If I think my preferred school will be oversubscribed, there is no point applying

You should list your preferences in your preferred order (the order you which you want them considered) as demand for places changes every year.

I am guaranteed a place at my local school even if I don't name it as a preference

No, you must name your local school if you want to be considered for a place there. If we cannot offer any of your preferences and you have not applied for your local school, it is unlikely you will be offered a place there.

Attendance at pre-school

Attendance at any pre-school group does not give a child a higher priority for admission to a particular school. Places are offered in line with the over subscription criteria of the school

Catchment areas

Generally, there are no catchment areas for primary schools. However, for Voluntary Aided, Academy or Foundation schools, you should check their individual admissions criteria in the Infant, Primary and Junior Schools Information booklet

The earlier I apply, the greater chance I have of getting my first preference

No, all applications are treated equally, regardless of when they are received as long as they are received by 15th January 2018.

Contact us

If you have not managed to find an answer to your question in the information above please read the School Admissions Guidance Booklet 2018/2019 available in the download box or contact the Co-ordinated Admissions Team.

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