Late applications and changes of preference - primary, infant or junior schools

Changes of preference

Before the closing date

Once you have submitted your application you can make a change to your preferences (including the order of your preferences) at any time up to the closing date of 15 January 2024, online using the eAdmissions website. If you applied on paper you can do this using our contact form: Questions about schools.

After the closing date

If the closing date has passed, we may be able to make a change to your preferences if there is good reason for doing this, such as a change of address - supported by written details and evidence – but only if the details are received by 8 February 2024. You can let us know of any changes using our contact form: Questions about schools.

Any changes without good reason or that are requested after 8 February will not be taken into account until after 16 April 2024 when waiting lists are formed.

Late applications

Late applications can be created and submitted online via the eAdmissions website or via hard copy if requested through Contact Centre.

If you submit your application without a good reason after the deadline, your application will be treated as late. This may affect the possibility of your child being offered a place at one of your preferred schools.

You can make a late application online using the eAdmissions website until 19 August 2024. Alternatively you can request a paper application by contacting us on 0300 200 1004 up to 31 August 2024.

From 1 September 2024 any new applications will become in year applications and you should follow the in year process to apply for a school place.

Please use the link below to read information on making an application and then go to step 2 to make your application online.

Apply for a place at a primary, infant or junior school

Between 16 January and 8 February 2024

We expect all applicants to apply by the closing date, even if they plan to move address. If there is a genuine reason for a late application that means you could not reasonably have applied before the closing date, supported by written details and evidence, we will treat your application as on-time if the details reach us on or by 8 February 2024.

After 8 February 2024

All applications received after 8 February 2024 will be treated as late applications and only considered after all on-time applications have been processed. It is likely that there will be no vacancies at the school(s) you applied for, as these will have been allocated to those applying on time. However, if there are vacancies we will co-ordinate offers of places to these schools for late applicants, based on each school's admission criteria. If there are no vacancies your child may be placed on the waiting list for the school(s) you have applied for.

After 16 April 2024

Any application received after 16 April 2024 will be treated for waiting list purposes alongside on time applications, with any places allocated according to each school's admission criteria and not according to whether the application was received on-time or late or the date the child was added to the waiting list.

Applications received towards the end of the summer term or during the summer holidays may not receive an outcome until the start of the autumn term, due to school closures during the summer break.

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