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Key dates for school place applications

Primary coordinated scheme

Important dates to remember if your child is:

  • starting school for the first time (reception) – September 2015 (children who are 5 years old between 01 September 2015 and 31 August 2016) or 
  • transferring from infant school (year 2) to junior/primary education (year3) – September 2015
 Date  Task

From Monday 3 November 2014

  • Apply for a school place
  • Information available to parents/carers
Thursday 15 January 2015
  • Closing date for receipt of applications and any supplementary or supporting information including any special circumstances
Thursday 26 February 2015
  • Last date for exceptional late applications and changes to preference to be received in order to be considered as on time, refer to page 22
National Offer Day: Thursday 16 April 2015
  • Emails sent to online applicants with the outcome of their application
  • Letters sent to parents by second class post showing the outcome of their application
  • Unsuccessful on-time applications added to waiting lists
  • Appeals can be lodged
Thursday 30 April 2015
  • Deadline for responses.
From Friday 1 May 2015
  • Online responses processed
  • Processing of late applications and changes to preferences starts
  • Any available places begin to be offered from the waiting lists in line with the relevant admission over subscription criteria
June/July 2015
  • Independent appeals heard
Tuesday 1 September 2015
  • Applications received from this date will be processed in line with in-year arrangements, page 23


Secondary coordinated scheme

Important dates to remember if your child is:

  • transfering from primary school (year 6) to secondary school (year 7) – September 2015
  • applying to transfer to a 14-19 academy, college or school in year 10 – September 2015. 
 Date  Task

From Monday 11 August 2014

  • Apply for a school place
  • Information available to parents/carers
Friday 31 October 2014
  • Closing date for receipt of applications and any supplementary or supporting information including any special circumstances
Wednesday 17 December 2014
  • Last date for exceptional late applications and changes to preference to be received in order to be considered as on time, refer to page 22
National Offer Day: Monday 2 March 2015
  • Emails sent to online applicants with the outcome of their application
  • Letters sent to parents by second class post showing the outcome of their application
  • Unsuccessful on-time applications added to waiting lists
  • Appeals can be lodged
Monday 16 March 2015
  • Deadline for responses.
Tuesday 17 March 2015
  • Online responses processed
  • Processing of late applications and changes to preferences starts
  • Any available places begin to be offered from the waiting lists in line with the relevant admission over subscription criteria
May/June 2015
  • Independent appeals heard
Tuesday 1 September 2015
  • Applications received from this date will be processed in line with in-year arrangements, page 23
Thursday 31 December 2015
  • Waiting lists close for community and voluntary controlled schools. Some own admission authority schools may continue to hold waiting lists after this date.
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