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 2019.
From November 2018
Letters sent out explaining how to apply for a school place. If you are a Gloucestershire resident and you still have not received a letter by December 2018 please contact coordinated admissions
From 5 November 2018 to 15 January 2019
Online application facility open
Tuesday 15 January 2019
Closing date for all applications
Tuesday 16 April 2019
Monday 29 April 2019
Closing date to return reply form accepting the School/Academy place or requesting to be put on waiting list/s
After Wednesday 15 May 2019
Letters sent out advising outcome of waiting list requests
Wednesday 29 May 2019
Closing date for return of reply forms
June 2019 to July 2019
The guidance booklet and Information Booklet 2019/2020 will be available on this page form September 2018
For Information and guidance regarding Lower to Middle School transfer please visit the relevant Authorities website.
Admission to reception at Primary school/ Year 3 Junior School & lower to middle school places for September 2018.
You are still able to apply for a school place or request an alternative school place for September 2018. In order to do this:-
Please complete the Waiting List Common Application Form
Alternatively please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org
In your email you must include the following information:-
- Your child’s name
- Your child’s Date of Birth
- Your child’s address
- If you have already been offered a school place can you please confirm whether or not you are accepting or declining the school place offered. Please name the school.
- The list of schools that you want to be placed on the waiting list for, in order of preference.
- Your contact details and relationship to the child
Where places are available or become available in a school we will continue to allocate places for admission to primary/junior school on a regular basis. Please see below:-
- Friday 8th June to Friday 29th June 2018. Notification letters will be posted, second class, on these dates.
- Thereafter we will allocate available places daily upon receipt of applications up until the end of the summer term (20th July 2018). After this date you will need to apply using the in-year process directly to the school
If you have been unsuccessful in gaining a place at your preferred school/s you can contact us to find out your child’s position on any waiting list.
If you wish to make an appeal for a place at your preferred school/s you please see below.
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.
When do children start primary school in Gloucestershire?
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 2019 the child's date of birth falls between 1 September 2014 and 31 August 2015. 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.
Transport to school - do you qualify for help?
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.
Making an application
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 2019.
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 2019.
Parents will find out which school they have been allocated on 16th April and will need to return the reply form by 29th 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
Other common primary admission myths
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
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 2019.
If you have not managed to find an answer to your question in the information above please read the School Admissions Guidance Booklet 2019/2020 available in the download box or contact the Co-ordinated Admissions Team.