Admission to Primary Schools

How do I apply for a Primary School place for September 2016?

2 November 2015

Application process open for all Staffordshire residents. You can apply online|| or complete the paper application form||.

15 January 2016

Closing date. All primary and middle school applications to be submitted to the School Admissions and Transport Service.

Spring Term 2016

Applications are processed and information is shared between neighbouring authorities.

18 April 2016

Offer day. Online applicants will receive an email, and others will have their offer posted 2nd class on this date.



Further information on the application process will appear on this page by 01 September 2015.

 

For overall and district based 1st preference statistics, please see the PDF DocumentStatistics for 2015| (131KB). 

How were the Primary School places allocated for September 2015?

School places were allocated using the published admission arrangements for each school. Details of the admission arrangements for all Staffordshire schools can be found in the PDF Document Primary Information for Parents - 2015 booklet| (1.84MB) and the PDF DocumentFirst to Middle School Information for Parents - 2015 booklet| (1.76MB).

If you have not been successful in securing a place at your preferred school then it is because there were more applications than available places and after the criteria has been applied there were other applicants who better satisfied the oversubscription criteria.

If you would like to know how School places in Staffordshire were allocated at oversubscribed schools the information is available in the PDF DocumentSummary of September 2015 Admissions to Primary Schools| (4.91KB). Please note that this information is accurate as at 07 April 2015 and is subject to change.

There are still primary school places available at a number of Staffordshire schools. Please refer to the PDF DocumentSummary of available Primary places| (263KB).  This information is correct as at 07 April 2015 and is subject to change. 

If you wish to make a late application for any of the available places, if you are a Staffordshire resident, please complete the paper application form.| If you are a non Staffordshire resident, any late applications must be submitted through the local authority where you currently reside. Staffordshire will respond to the application within 10 school days of receipt.

When will I receive my offer of a Primary School Place?

If you made your application online then you will receive your offer by email on 16 April 2015.  Due to the volume of emails sent, we cannot confirm a time if when you should have received your email by (experience has shown that in previous years by about 1pm most emails have been received).  The email is official written confirmation of the outcome of your application. 

If you applied using a paper form you will receive a letter in the post. These were sent on Wednesday 15 April 2015.  As we operate a second class postal system it may take a few days for your letter to reach you.

I am satisfied with the school that I have been offered. What do I need to do?

If you have been offered a Staffordshire school then your place will be automatically accepted and the school will contact you to confirm starting arrangements at a later date.

If you have been offered a place in a school which is not located in Staffordshire then you will need to accept the place. You can accept your place at an out of County school by emailing schoolacceptance@staffordshire.gov.uk| by 30 April 2015.

Which schools still have available places?

Please refer to the PDF DocumentSummary of available Primary places| (263 KB). This information is correct as at 07 April 2015 and is subject to change.

If you wish to make a late application for any of the available places, if you are a Staffordshire resident, please complete the paper application form.|  If you are a non Staffordshire resident, any late applications must be submitted through the local authority where you currently reside.  Staffordshire will respond to the application within 10 school days or receipt.

I am not satisfied with the school that my child has been offered. Do I have a right of appeal?

If you have not been offered a place at one or more of your preferred schools then you have a statutory right of appeal. For Staffordshire schools please refer to our appeal page| for guidance on how to appeal, including the relevant appeal forms.

Please note that current legislation means that, other than in limited exceptions, infant classes may not contain more than 30 children with a single qualified teacher. To view the oversubscribed schools affecting by the infant class size legislation, please see the relevant column on the PDF DocumentSummary of September 2015 Admissions to Primary Schools| (4.91KB).

If you have not been successful in obtaining a place at a school that is located outside of Staffordshire and would like to appeal then please contact or visit the relevant local authority's website.

If you feel unable to access the appeals process without additional support then you may be eligible for help from the Staffordshire School Choice Advice Service|, which is a free service that is available to help clairfy and simpllify the primary school admissions and appeals process.

I have not been offered a place at my preferred school, will my child be placed on a waiting list?

All children who have been refused a place at a preferred school will be automatically added to the waiting list. The waiting lists will be maintained until at least 31 December 2015. Where a refusal has been made due to Infant Class Size prejudice, the waiting list may be retained until the end of Year 2.

Waiting lists for all Staffordshire schools are ranked using the oversubscription criteria for the school. Details of the admission arrangements for all Staffordshire schools can be found in the PDF Document Primary Information for Parents - 2015 booklet| (1.84MB) and the PDF DocumentFirst to Middle School Information for Parents - 2015 booklet| (1.76MB). Your child's position on a waiting list at a Staffordshire school can be obtained by contacting us on 01785 278593 but please note that your child's position is not fixed and may go up or down.

Guidance on waiting lists for schools that are not located within Staffordshire should be sought by contacting the relevant local authority.

330 – Birmingham - 0121 675 0555

895 – Cheshire East - 0300 123 5012

830 – Derbyshire – 01629 537479

332 – Dudley - 01384 814223

855 – Leicestershire - 0116 3056684

893 – Shropshire - 0345 6789 008

333 – Sandwell - 0121 569 6765

861 – Stoke - 01782 236867 or 01782 236885

894 – Telford & Wrekin - 01952 380903/4

335 – Walsall - 01922 686470

937 – Warwickshire – 01926 742037

336 – Wolverhampton - 01902 554176

885 – Worcestershire - 01905 822700

I have been offered a school but I would now like to change my preference. What do I need to do?

Please refer to the PDF DocumentSummary of available Primary places| (263 KB).  This information is correct as at 07 April 2015 and is subject to change.

You will need to submit a late application by completing the paper application form|, outlining your new preferred school, and emailing this to admissions@staffordshire.gov.uk| or by post to:

The School Admissions and Transport Service

Tipping Street

Stafford

ST16 2DH

If the school you wish to make a preference for is oversubscribed then you will be added to the waiting list and will have a statutory right of appeal.

Is my child entitled to free home to school transport?

Children attending their catchment school or closest school where the home address is over 2 miles from the school will normally be entitled to free home to school transport. All children who are entitled will be sent an application form with instructions on how to take up the offer.  This should be completed by 15 May 2015 to ensure it is set up for the start of the Autumn Term 2015.  The Local Authority will determine which type of transport assistance will be offered and reserves the right to change the type and timing of transport provided.

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