Junior school places

Apply for your child to start Year 3 at junior school in September 2020.

1 Overview

This information only applies if you want to apply for September 2020 for your child to start Year 3 at a junior school as they are in:

  • Year 2 at a infant school
  • Year 2 at a primary school.

If your child needs a school place in a different year group or at another point in the year, you need to apply to move schools.

Applying for a primary school place for September 2020

If your child currently attends year 2 in an infant school and you would like them to attend year 3 in a primary school in September 2020, you need to apply to move schools from June 2020. If there is a space available they will be offered the place for September.

2 Find your catchment area school

Before applying for your child's junior school place:

3 Before you apply

You must read the relevant guidance pages below before applying:

It is the responsibility of parents or carers to apply for a school place. You do not need to have a letter from the County Council.

Follow our checklist to ensure you have completed all the necessary steps before applying.

Moving from a infant to the linked junior school

West Sussex County Council does not operate feeder schools and there is no guarantee of a place at a school you apply for. However, priority is given to children who attend one of the named infant schools below to the linked junior school. You must tick the appropriate box on the online application.

  • Bognor Regis: Rose Green Infant and Rose Green Junior
  • Burgess Hill: The Gattons Infant School and Southway Junior School
  • Copthorne: Fairway Infant School and Copthorne CE Junior School
  • Crawley: Brook Infant School and Maidenbower Junior School
  • Crawley: Maidenbower Infant School Crawley and Maidenbower Junior School
  • Crawley: Pound Hill Infant Academy Crawley and Pound Hill Junior School
  • East Preston Infant and East Preston Junior
  • Graffham Infant and Duncton Junior
  • Hassocks: Hassocks Infant School and The Windmills Junior School
  • Horsham: Littlehaven Infant School and Northolmes Junior School
  • Horsham: Trafalgar Infant School and  Greenway Junior Academy
  • Southbourne Infant and Southbourne Junior
  • Worthing: Durrington Infant and Durrington Junior
  • Worthing: Field Place Infant and Orchards Junior
  • Worthing: Lyndhurst Infanta and Chesswood Junior
  • Worthing: Springfield Infant and Chesswood Junior
  • Worthing: Thomas A Becket Infant and Thomas A Becket Junior

4 Preferences

  • You can apply for up to three different schools. Rank the schools in order of preference - the first school listed should be the one you would most like your child to go to.
  • We advise that you use all three preferences and enter your catchment school as one of your preferences.
  • Please be realistic with your preferences. If you chose an oversubscribed school, the further away you live the less likely you are to be offered a place.
  • Do not include a school that you do not want as a preference as you may be offered this school.
  • If you apply after the closing date you are far less likely to get a place at one of your preferred schools.
  • After the application deadline you cannot change your preferences unless there is a genuine unforeseeable reason for doing so, for example, if a sibling changes school.

5 Apply for a place

You can apply for a junior school place from 9.00am on Monday 7 October 2019 until Wednesday 15 January 2020.

A link will be available from this page when applications open.

6 Offer dates

You will be notified of the outcome of your application by email or letter, depending on how you applied. No information will be provided over the phone.

Applications received before 11.59pm on 15 January 2020

If you applied online we will email you the outcome of your application on Thursday 16 April 2020. Emails will be sent throughout the day so we can't give you an exact time.

If you applied by paper form you will be sent a letter with the outcome by second class post on Thursday 16 April 2020.

Applications received after 11.59pm on 15 January 2020

If your application was received between 16 January and 14 February 2020 it is out of time, and your preferences will only be considered after all the applications received on time. You will be sent a letter with the outcome by second class post on Thursday 16 April 2020.

Applications received after Friday 14 February 2020 are late and outside the normal admissions round. They will not be processed until after 22 May 2020. You will be sent a letter after this date.

Last updated:
12 August 2019
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