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Admissions for primary and middle schools



September 2020 entry

Applications will open for September 2020 entry on 1 November 2019. Further details will be available late August/early September. 

In the meantime you can view the known open evening dates for middle schools

Please contact your preferred primary school for information on any open events in the Autumn Term 2019.

September 2019 entry to reception

Over 94% of parents in Staffordshire have been allocated a place at their 1st preference school with nearly 99% being offered a place at one of their top 3 preferences.

You can also view overall and district based first preference statistics for 2019.

When will I receive my offer of a reception, junior or middle school place?

If you made your application online then you will receive your offer by email on 16 April 2019. Due to the volume of emails sent, we cannot confirm a time (experience has shown that most emails are received by 1pm). 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 will be posted on 16 April 2019. 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 23 April 2019, you should telephone 0300 111 8007.

How were places allocated for September 2019?

Places have been allocated in accordance with the published admission arrangements for each school. Please remember that We are only responsible for community and voluntary controlled schools admission arrangements.

If you have been unsuccessful in securing a place at your preferred school then it is because there were more applications made than places available. Pupils who had a higher priority for a place, in accordance with the published admission arrangements, have been allocated the available places. 

You can view a summary of how September 2019 places have been allocated at oversubscribed schools.

Please note

If a school has filled all of its available places, but has not made any refusals, it will not appear on this summary.

Which schools still have available places?

You can view a summary of available primary and middle school places. Schools that have filled all their available places but have not made any refusals, will not appear on this list.

If you are a Staffordshire resident and wish to make a late application for any of the available places, please complete the paper application form or email the details to Admissions. Any late applications must be submitted through the local authority where you currently live and not where the school is situated. Staffordshire will begin the process of allocating places for late applications 10 school days after offer day.

Non-Staffordshire residents should contact their home local authority regarding their late application procedure.

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

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

You do not need to do anything to accept the school place offered. The school will contact you to confirm starting arrangements at a later date.

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 Staffordshire school will be automatically added to the waiting list. The waiting lists will be maintained until at least 31 December 2019. Where a school is affected by infant class size legislation, the waiting list may be retained until the end of Year 2.

Waiting lists for all Staffordshire schools are ranked using the admissions arrangements for the school. Your child's position on a waiting list at most Staffordshire schools can be obtained by emailing Admissions 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.

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

Can I appeal?

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

Current legislation means that, other than in limited exceptions, infant classes may not contain more than 30 children with a single qualified teacher. The oversubscribed schools affected by the infant class size legislation are indicated in the relevant column on the  summary of September 2019 admissions.

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 for the relevant local authority

Is my child entitled to free home to school travel assistance?

If your child has been assessed as being entitled to free home to school transport assistance then you will receive your child's travel pass through the post by 12 August 2019.

Please refer to transport and travel assistance pages for further information on eligibility and transport policy.

Is my child entitled to free school meals?

For more information please refer to the free school meals pages.

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