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Primary and Middle School National Offer Day - 16 April 2020

Please note:  Due to the current climate, we are receiving a high volume of calls from vulnerable members of the public who are struggling in self-isolation and in urgent need.  To ensure we are available to answer their calls we need your help to protect this vital telephone service by not telephoning us and waiting on the phone line for verification of your child's school place offer.  If you need to verify a school place and you applied online you can do this online by logging into the portal. Please also check your junk or spam inbox folder – decisions will be released on 16 April 2020 and not before.

For answers to the most commonly asked questions please scroll down the following page. If you are unable to find the answer you require please email admissions@staffordshire.gov.uk.

We are pleased to report that for reception, over 94% of parents in Staffordshire have been allocated a place at their 1st preferred school with at least 98% being offered a place at one of their top 3 preferences.  You can also view statistics by district.

For middle school applications, over 97% have been allocated their first preference.

For junior school applications, 100% of parents have been allocated their first preference school.

When will I know the outcome of my application?

The outcome of your application will be communicated to you by your home local authority i.e. where you reside.

If you live in Staffordshire you will be able to log into the online application system to view the outcome of your preference or alternatively you will receive an email advising you of the outcome.

If you did not apply online then the outcome of your application should arrive in the post by Wednesday 22 April 2020.

How were places allocated at oversubscribed schools?

We do not operate a first preference first or first come first served policy - this is in accordance with the law. This means that every school listed in your application has been considered separately and fairly against the individual school’s published admission arrangements

If the school you applied for is located outside of Staffordshire then you can find the admission arrangements from the school website or the local authority where it is located.

Why was my child not allocated a place at my preferred school?

If your child has not been allocated a place at a preferred school, this is because other applicants with a higher priority under the admission arrangements have been allocated places (see information on the published admission number)

You can view a summary of how September 2020 places have been allocated at oversubscribed schools.

If your child resides in Staffordshire and a place could not be offered at any of your preferred schools, a place has been allocated at a school where places are still available.

Where can I find details of how places have been allocated in previous years?

You can view a summary of how places for September 2019 and September 2018 were allocated. 

Will my child placed on a waiting list?

All children who have been refused a place at a Staffordshire school have been automatically added to a waiting list which will be maintained until 31 December 2020 or the end of Year 2 if infant class size applies.

Children have been placed on waiting lists for all Staffordshire schools in line with the relevant admission arrangements. Your child's position on a waiting list at a Staffordshire school can be obtained by emailing admissions@staffordshire.gov.uk or calling 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. As other children join the list they are ranked in line with the admissions arrangements and not the date that they were added to the list or applied for a place. There is no guarantee that places will become available .

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

How can I appeal?

As well as being included on the waiting list, if your child has not been offered a place at one or more of your preferred schools then you have a statutory right of appeal to an independent panel. You are advised to carefully read the information available regarding the appeals process before lodging an appeal.

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 website of the relevant local authority.

Do I have to accept the place offered?

No, Staffordshire will automatically accept the place offered on your behalf which will only be removed if you are later offered a place at a more preferred school.

I no longer require the place that has been offered.

Please email admissions@staffordshire.gov.uk as soon as possible if you no longer require the place that has been offered. 

Please note that the offer of a place will only be removed by the local authority if you are offered a place at a more preferred school.

Where can I find out which schools have vacancies?

Please view the summary of  primary and middle school places available in Staffordshire. 

How do I make an application for another school or change the order of my preferred schools?

You can make a late application by completing the paper admissions application form. You can then either:

School Admissions and Transport Service,
Staffordshire County Council,
1 Staffordshire Place,
Stafford,
ST16 2DH

If you wish to change the order of your preferred schools, please let us know. 

What is the relevance of a published admission number?

Each school has a published admission number (PAN), which is the maximum number of pupils that the school can admit taking into account the accommodation and resources available. Each school’s published admissions number can be found within the admission arrangements or in the Information to Parents Booklet

How can I find out the catchment school for a certain address?

We have a search facility to enable you to check the catchment schools for various addresses and view an individual school catchment area. Your nearest school may not be your catchment area school. Please note there is no guaranteed admission to your catchment area school, allocations will be dependent on the availability of spaces in the relevant year group. Catchment areas are also subject to review and may alter from year to year. There are some schools in Staffordshire who do not operate a catchment area for admissions purposes.

What is infant class size legislation?

There is government legislation that requires local authorities to ensure that no infant class will contain more than 30 pupils if there is only one fully qualified teacher available for that class. Infant classes are reception, year 1 and year 2. 

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