The closing date to make your child’s junior school application is 15 January 2022.

Late applications will not be processed until after National Offer Day (19 April 2022). By this time, many of the more popular schools may be full and you are much less likely to be offered a place at your preferred school.

If your child has an EHCP, we recommend that you submit a junior school application for them through the online parent portal. Normally, children with an EHCP who are in a mainstream infant school will transition to a mainstream junior school.

Apply online

If you have an email address, the easiest way to apply for school places is online.

  1. Log in to the Parent Portal or create an account if using it for the first time.
  2. Enter your details (new accounts only)
  3. A verification email will be sent to in your inbox - click the link and log in (new accounts only)
  4. Add your child’s details if you haven't added them before.
  5. As proof of address, upload a copy of one of:
    • Council Tax bill for the current financial year
    • utilities bill within the last three months
    • car insurance policy
    • home insurance policy
    • signed and dated tenancy agreement
    • latest mortgage statement
  6. Select your preferred schools and upload any supplementary information forms or certificates required
  7. Click the submit button.

You will receive your child’s school offer via email on 19 April 2022.

What is classed as my child's home address?

  1. If at all uncertain, you should read the our 2022 entry admission arrangements to confirm what we mean by a child’s home address.
  2. Using a fraudulent address can lead to an application being withdrawn, an offer being withdrawn, or even removing the child’s place once they have started at a school.
  3. If your child lives at more than one address, then you must agree on an address to use on their secondary school application.
  4. Once you have submitted the application you will not be able to make any changes.
  5. If you move house at any point during the admissions process then you must tell us.

Your school preferences

  • You can apply for up to six schools.
  • Name the schools in your order of preference but be aware that you could be offered a place at any of the schools you apply for.
  • Think about how your child would get to those schools and get home, as well as the costs involved in travelling.
  • We strongly advise you to name more than one school on your application. Naming only one school does not guarantee your child a place at that school or give your child priority for a place over another child.
  • We recommend that one of the six schools you name in your preferences is your priority area school. This school is usually the most likely to be able to offer your child a place.

Of those who applied for Junior places in 2021, some could not be offered any of the schools named in their application. Many only listed one school or did not apply for their priority area school. In such cases, the Admissions Service allocates a place at the nearest school to the applicant’s home address which has availability, which may be a significant distance away.