Admission to Primary and Middle Schools

Over 92% of parents in Staffordshire have been allocated a place at their 1st preference school with at least 98% being offered a place at one of their top 3 preferences.

For overall and district based 1st preference statistics, please see the PDF DocumentStatistics for 2016 (131KB). 

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

If you made your application online then you will receive your offer by email on 18 April 2016.  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 Friday 15 April 2016.  As we operate a second class postal system it may take a few days for your letter to reach you.

If you have not received official notification by 19 April 2016, you should telephone 0300 111 8007.

How were the Primary and Middle School places allocated for September 2016?

School places were allocated using the published admission arrangements for each school.  View the admissions criteria for all Staffordshire schools - please remember that the local authority is only responsible for community and voluntary controlled schools oversubscription criteria.

If you have not been successful in securing a place at your preferred school then it is because there were more applications made than available places.  Places have been allocated in accordance with the admissions criteria for the school concerned and pupils who had a higher priority for a place have been allocated the available places.

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 2016 Admissions to Primary Schools (4.91KB). Please note that this information is accurate as at 07 April 2016 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 2016 and is subject to change. 

If you wish to make a late application for any of the available places and 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 allocate places to late applicants after 10 school days.

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

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 2016 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 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 2016. 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.  Please view the admission criteria for Staffordshire schools.  Your child's position on a waiting list at a Staffordshire school can be obtained by emailing admissions@staffordshire.gov.uk or telephoning 0300 111 8007.

It is important to note that a child's position on any waiting list is not fixed and is subject to change.

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 2016 Admissions to Primary Schools (4.91 KB)

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. 

I have not been offered my first choice, so why have I not been offered my catchment area school?

A place at a catchment area school will only have been offered if you made a preference for it or where places remained available.  If you did not name the catchment school as a preference, and it was oversubscribed, then places will only have been offered to those parents who applied in the first instance.

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 receive a letter within 14 days after National Offer Day with instructions on how to take up the offer.  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.

Other Authorities

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

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