Applying for a school place

If your child lives in Nottinghamshire, and you require a school place for September 2023, you must apply for a school place through Nottinghamshire County Council, even if the schools you want are outside Nottinghamshire.  

If you’re not sure whether you live in the area covered by Nottinghamshire County Council, you can find your local council on GOV.UK.

For applications during the school year, rather than at the usual transfer time please see changing school in-year.

Before applying, please read the information linked in the relevant sections below, this contains important information about how school places are allocated.  

You should also refer to Admissions to schools: guide for parents [PDF] and school information - they contain lots of information about the admissions process and a summary of the oversubscription criteria for Nottinghamshire schools.

 More information about applying for a school place:


Parents may seek admission of their child outside the normal age group, for example if the child is gifted and talented, has experienced ill health or is a summer born child whose parent is considering delaying admission until compulsory school age. 

You can find out more information by reading Admission of children outside the normal age group (including summer born children) [PDF].

Advice for parents of summer born children can be found by reading Summer Born Children Starting School: Advice for parents [PDF] at GOV.UK.


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