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Due to the current COVID‑19 situation, there will be a reduced team working available to answer phone calls. Please try and email us with any queries and we will reply as soon as possible. Staff will be available to support you during this process but please bear with us during these difficult times.

Please email the team who will be able to respond to your query as soon as possible

Check Primary/Junior School Offer 2020

Admission to reception at Primary school/ Year 3 Junior School & lower to middle school places for September 2020

Due to the current COVID-19 situation, all, the School Admissions Team have to adapt to working within the strict guidelines set by the government so there will be a reduced team available to answer phone calls. Please try to email us at school.admissions@gloucestershire.gov.uk with any queries, and we will reply as soon as possible. Staff will be available to support you during the current lockdown but please be patient with us during these difficult times..

The online facility to apply for places and respond to your offers has now closed

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 requests have been administered.

  • Please complete the online primary reply form below to respond to the offer made on 16th April


  • 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".
    Where possible please email the form to us.

Please Note:

  • If you have moved address since 15th January 2020, please confirm 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  • If we are able to offer your child a place from any of the waiting lists, then your original offer will be withdrawn and the new school allocated in its place.

Letters confirming the results of the waiting list round of allocations were sent out 2nd class on Wednesday 13th May 2020.

If you applied before 24th April 2020 to go on the waiting list but have not received your letter please email school.admissions@gloucestershire.gov.uk

If you have been unsuccessful in gaining a place at your preferred school/s you can contact us from Monday 18th May 2020 to find out your child’s position on any waiting list.

For those parents who are happy with the school they have been allocated, the schools will be in touch with you either by email or letter – but again please bear with them.

Late applications or where places become available in a school we will continue to allocate places on a regular basis. Please see below for dates-

  • Applications received after 24th April to 22nd May will be processed the week 1st June - 5th June. Notification letters will be posted, second class, on the Friday.
  • Then every week up to the end of the summer term (17th July 2020). Notification letters will be posted, second class, on the Friday of each week.

How to appeal for a school place
(Reception/ Year 3 Junior 2020 Entry Only)

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 go to the appeals page.

The Department of Education has issued new legislation regarding appeals - information regarding this can be found on WWW.GOV.UK.

Message From Gloucestershire Schools

As you may already know all schools in the UK are closed currently to all but key worker and vulnerable pupils. Your child is due to transition to primary school in September and we are aware that schools would normally be issuing induction information to you once you have accepted the school place. This may include open evenings and inviting new pupils into school to meet their new teacher. At the moment under the current government guidelines these meetings will not be possible.

Please be reassured that once you have accepted your child’s school place the school will continue to process your child’s admission for September 2020. They will ensure you are kept informed with relevant information about admission and induction. Please try not to contact the school unless it is urgent as currently many school settings are understaffed.

We realise this is not an ideal situation for your child starting school but are sure schools will do everything possible to ensure your child’s start in Reception September 2020 is a happy one.

Key dates

From November 2019

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 2019 please contact co-ordinated admissions

From 4 November 2019 to
15 January 2020

Online application facility open

Wednesday 15 January 2020

Closing date for all applications

Tuesday 31 March 2020

Closing date for Summer-born deferment

Thursday 16 April 2020

Allocation Day

Friday 24th April 2020

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

After Friday 15 May 2020

Letters sent out advising outcome of waiting list requests

Friday 22 May 2020

Closing date for return of reply forms

June 2020 to July 2020


The guidance booklet and Information Booklet 2020/21 will be available on this page from September 2019

For Information and guidance regarding Lower to Middle School transfer please visit the relevant Authorities website.

Applying for a school place during the school year, including all September 2019 entries (Reception and Junior)

To apply for a school place if you move to the area during the school year or your child needs to move school for other reasons go to our in-year admissions page.

Out of county

If you live in Gloucestershire and are applying for an out of county school you will still need to apply to Gloucestershire School Admissions.

If you live in another county you will need to apply to your own authority requesting a Gloucestershire school. Please note that we will not consider your request or offer a school place unless we receive an application from your own authority.

Please read the guidance and information booklets (on the right) for further information.

For Information and guidance regarding Lower to Middle School transfer please visit the relevant authority's website.

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 2020 the child's date of birth falls between 1 September 2015 and 31 August 2016. 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 2020.

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 2020.

Parents will find out which school they have been allocated on 16th April and will need to return the reply form by 24th 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 2020.

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 2020/2021 available in the download box or contact the Co-ordinated Admissions Team.

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