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You will need to complete the in-year application form

All sections of the application form must be completed.

The form should be returned directly to the preferred school/academy. The school/academy will then notify you of the outcome.


If you live in Staffordshire and your child attends a maintained school then you will automatically receive information about how to apply early in the autumn term. This will be at the beginning of year 6 for primary school pupils and at the beginning of year 8 for middle school pupils.


The closing date for all applications is a national date and for admission in September 2019 will be 31 October 2018.

It is essential that you submit an application by the closing date since late applications may only be considered after those applications that were received on time have been dealt with. This may result in your child not being admitted to your preferred school if you apply late.


You can find information about schools in Staffordshire using the Schools Guide.

You can enter a postcode or part of a road name. Then select the type of school you are interested in. This will give you a list of up to 40 schools closest to that address.


You can check the catchment area using the schools guide for addresses within Staffordshire.

Please also 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.  In addition, there are now 12 schools in Staffordshire who do not give priority for admission to catchment area children.

Catchment areas are also subject to regular review and may change.

The distances shown in the catchment search facility are straight line measurements that have been rounded up and measured to the main school building, and will therefore differ from the measurement that is used to allocate places at schools. Your nearest school may not be your catchment school.


If you live in Staffordshire and you applied online, you should receive an automatic email on 1 March 2019.

If you applied using a paper application form, your offer letter will be posted second class on 1 March 2019. You will not be advised of the outcome over the telephone


No, every parent must complete an application to ensure that their child is considered for a place at their preferred school.

Where a parent does not make an application for any school, a place at the nearest Staffordshire school with spaces available will be offered on 1 March 2019. This may not be your catchment area school and transport assistance will not necessarily be provided.

If you require assistance making your application, please contact us on 0300 111 8007 or email us at admissions@staffordshire.gov.uk. Your child's present school will also be pleased to help you.


When making an application, you must name all the schools where you wish your child to be considered for a place in order of your preferences. This includes any maintained schools, academies, foundation and voluntary aided schools either within or outside of Staffordshire.

Please view types of schools for more information.


Staffordshire County Council does not operate a ‘first preference first’ or ‘first come first served basis’.  This means that every school listed on your application will be considered individually and only against the school’s admission arrangements.  

If you can be offered a place at more than one of the schools detailed on your application, a place will be allocated at the school ranked highest. If a place cannot be offered at any of your preferred schools, a place will be allocated at the nearest school where places are still available.


If you are resident within Staffordshire you will be able to apply online. Alternatively you can complete a paper application form and return this to us before 31 October 2018.

For further advice please call us on 0300 111 8007 or email admissions@staffordshire.gov.uk.

If you live outside of Staffordshire you should make your application through your home local authority.


You can apply for places at schools both within and outside Staffordshire on the same application.

Staffordshire participate in a co-ordinated admissions scheme with other neighbouring authorities. The purpose of the scheme is to ensure that each pupil living within Staffordshire receives only one offer of a school place on the same date, whether that be at a school within the county or one maintained by a neighbouring authority.


You can apply for places at schools both within and outside Staffordshire on the application provided by your home authority. You cannot apply directly to Staffordshire.


You should be aware that there is no guarantee of a place at any school. You can refer to the individual school's prospectus and the admissions arrangements.


You can get information about the school from the schools guide.

You can also get a copy of the school's prospectus, get OFSTED reports and look at examination results in order to gather information about the schools you are interested in.

We would always encourage parents to arrange to visit the school that they are interested in applying for before making an application for admission.


Waiting List

If your child has not been offered a place at your preferred community or voluntary controlled school then your child's name will automatically be placed on a waiting list. A child's position on the waiting list is not fixed and can be subject to change during the year i.e. they can go up or down the list as other children are added.

If the number of places offered falls below the schools published admission number then places will be offered to pupils on the waiting list. Pupils names are held on the waiting list in accordance with the admission arrangements. The lists are kept until the 31 December in the year of admission.


You also have a right of appeal to an independent panel.


Please note that some schools will require you to complete a supplementary application form in order to apply their admissions arrangements.

If you are required to provide a copy of your child's baptism certificate under the admissions arrangements please email this to admissions@staffordshire.gov.uk. Alternatively please use the contact details for School Admissions and Transport to forward a copy by either post or fax.

Some maintained grammar schools in other areas will require your child to sit an entrance exam. You will need to complete a form to register your child for the entrance exam and you should contact the school directly for further information about this. However, you must still list grammar schools on your Staffordshire application otherwise it will not be classed as a valid application.


You will need to submit your request in writing either by e-mail to admissions@staffordshire.gov.uk or by post to:

School Admissions and Transport Service
2 Staffordshire Place
ST16 2DH.

If the school you wish to apply for is over-subscribed your child will be added to the waiting list.


Children attending their catchment or closest school where the home address is over 3 miles from the school are entitled to free travel assistance.

If your child is entitled to free travel assistance you will receive your pass along with details of the type of transport being provided, times and pick up points by the end of the Summer Term.

If your child is in receipt of free school meals or you are on the maximum level of working tax credits you can apply for free travel assistance on low income grounds. To qualify your child must be attending one of 3 closest schools between 2 and 6 miles.

If you wish to apply on low income grounds your child will need to be registered for free school meals for the start of the Autumn Term 2018 or you will need to provide us with a copy of your working tax credits statement.

More information and details on how to apply is available on the free transport for under 16s web page.


Please contact the School Admissions and Transport Team if you wish to need to discuss any aspects of the admission and appeals processes.


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