Last updated:
19 April 2017

Primary, infant and junior school places

Apply to start in the reception year at a primary or infant school, or in Year 3 at a junior school.

1 Before you apply

Before applying for your child's school place, you must read the Information for parents booklet for your area which gives you all the information you need about the application and allocation process.

If you are unsure if you live in the northern or southern area of the county you can use the admissions map to check.

You can find out about a school by:

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.

2 Find your catchment area school

Use our map to find your catchment school.

Find your catchment area school

If you want your child to be considered for a place at their catchment school you must include this as one of the 3 preferences on your application.

3 Apply for a place

Applications closed on Sunday 15 January 2017. If you have not yet applied for a starting school or junior school place, find out what to do when applying after the closing date.

Important things to remember when applying

  • You can apply for up to 3 different schools. You must rank the schools in order of preference. The first school should be the one you would most like your child to go to.
  • We advise that you use all 3 preferences and enter your catchment school as one of your preferences.
  • Children who attend a nursery or pre-school associated with or in a West Sussex school are not automatically guaranteed a place at that school. You must apply for your preferred schools using the application process and not directly to the schools.
  • If you apply after the closing date you are far less likely to get a place at one of your preferred schools. 
  • If you are moving house during the application process please read the Information for Parents booklet for advice. 
  • Once you have submitted your online application you will receive an automatic email acknowledgement. 

Unable to apply online?

If you do not have access to the internet, you can still apply online using a computer in your local library for free.

If you are unable to apply online you can request a form:

  • Phone 033 301 42903

If you choose to apply by post it is your responsibility to make sure it is submitted before the application deadline.

Forms need to be sent by recorded delivery. We are not responsible for forms lost in the post and no missing forms can be investigated without evidence. We will not acknowledge that we have received your form.

4 Applying after the closing date

Applications closed on Sunday 15 January 2017 and the allocation date was Tuesday 18 April 2017.

To apply after this date you will need to complete an application form below, or contact us for a late application form on 033 301 42903.

Late application for starting school form

These applications will not be looked at until after Monday 22 May 2017. Parents will be contacted as soon as possible after that date.

We suggest forms sent by post are sent by recorded delivery. We are not responsible for forms lost in the post and no missing forms can be investigated without evidence.

We will not acknowledge that we have received your form.

5 Offer dates

Parents who applied online were emailed an offer on Tuesday 18 April 2017.

Parents who applied by post were sent an offer by second class post on Tuesday 18 April 2017.

We are unable to give out information over the phone.

If you have not heard from us, contact Pupil Admissions.

What happens next

If you are happy with the school place offer, you do not need to do anything else.

If you are not happy with the offer, find out how to appeal and join a waiting list for a school place.

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