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Admission to primary and middle schools

If your child's fifth birthday is between 1 September 2020 and 31 August 2021 then you will need to apply for a place at first, infant or primary school.

If your child will be in year 2 at an infant school in September 2019 then you will need to apply for an junior/primary school place.

If you child will be in year 4 at a first school in September 2019 then you will need to apply for a place at middle school.

If you are moving to Staffordshire from abroad, please see the information on moving from overseas.

If you want to apply to change schools during the academic year, or your child does not currently have a school place, please see the information on in-year admissions.

Our online search and compare tool will help you to find information about your nearest schools, including performance information, teacher/pupil ratios and much more.

You can also find information on:

For information on an open days/evenings at first, infant, junior or primary schools please contact the schools directly.

Please see the timeline below which includes important points to consider prior to making your application.


Applications will open on 1 November 2019.


Applications will close on 15 January 2020.

  • Last year there were over 400 late applications. This may have affected the outcome of these applications.
  • The late application policy will apply to those applications made after the closing date.

Applications sent to and received from other local authorities.


Application details and supporting documentation sent to acadmies, aided and foundation schools.


Academies, aided and foundations schools forward lists of all preferences ranked in accordance with their admission arrangements to the county council.

Provisional offers shared between local authorities.

Final offers exchanged between local authorities.


Parents receive outcomes on National Offer Day, 16 April 2020.

April - August

Processing of late applications and any available places allocated from waiting lists.

June - July

Appeals heard by independant appeal panels.

Making an application

The quickest and easiest way to apply for a place is online. Once the application system is open, a link will be provided on this page.

What if I can't apply online?

Alternatively, you can complete the relevant paper application form. You can then either:

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

Please note: Paper application forms sent by post will not receive an acknowledgement of receipt.

acknowledgement of receipt.

What if I have a problem when I apply?

You can call us on 0300 111 8007 and select the option for 'School Admissions and Transport' or email admissions@staffordshire.gov.uk so we can help you.

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