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Admission to Primary and Middle Schools

September 2019 Entry - Information on how to apply for a reception/junior/middle school place for Sepember 2019 will be published here mid-August 2018.


Over 93% 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.

For overall and district based 1st preference statistics, please see the  PDF Document Statistics for 2018 (131KB). 

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 2018.  Due to the volume of emails sent, we cannot confirm a time when you should have received your email by (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 2018.  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 2018, you should telephone 0300 111 8007.

How were places allocated for September 2018?

School places were allocated using the published admission arrangements for each school.  Please remember that the local authority is only responsible for community and voluntary controlled schools admission arrangements.

If you have not been successful in securing a place at your preferred school then it is because there were more applications made than places available.  Places have been allocated in accordance with the admissions arrangements 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 Document Summary of September 2018 Admissions for Reception, Year 3 and Year 5 (502KB) Please note that this information is accurate as at 10 April 2018 and is subject to change.

Which schools still have available places?

Please refer to the PDF Document Summary of Available Places in Reception, Year 3 and Year 5 (378 KB). This information is correct as at 10 April 2018 and is subject to change. 

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 your school preferences along with your child's name, date of birth, and home address to admissions@staffordshire.gov.uk

If you are a non Staffordshire resident, any late applications must be submitted through the local authority where you currently reside. 

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

There are some schools who are not listed on either of the above reports since they have filled all of their available places but have not refused any applications, however, you are still able to make a late application.

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 2018. 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 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.

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 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 Document Summary of September 2018 Admissions for Reception, Year 3 and Year 5 (502 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 website for the relevant local authority

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.  If your child has been assessed as being entitled to free home to school  travel assistance you will receive a letter through the post shortly.  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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