Primary school applications open

Parents can apply for primary places until Wednesday 15 January 2020 and secondary place admissions are open until Thursday 31 October 2019


Released: 7 October 2019

Applications have now opened for places for children due to start primary school in September 2020.

Children born between 1 September 2015 and 31 August 2016 will be eligible to start primary or infant school next September.

Parents of children currently in Year 2 at infant school should also apply for a place at junior school next year.

Applications open on Monday, 7 October 2019 and close on Wednesday 15 January 2020.
The quickest and easiest way to apply is online.
Parents will receive an automatic e-mail acknowledgement that the application has been received. Free use of computers with internet access is available in all West Sussex libraries.

Those unable to apply online can request a form by phoning 033 301 42903. The form must be returned by the application deadline.

How the application process works:
• Parents can apply for up to three different schools and must place them in order of preference.
• Parents are strongly encouraged to include your catchment school as one of your three preferences, although living in a catchment area does not guarantee a place at the catchment school.
• Those who miss the deadline for applications must still submit an application form as a child will not automatically be allocated a school.

Richard Burrett, Cabinet Member for Education and Skills said: “It is really important that parents and carers submit their applications on time to stand the best chance of their child going to one of their preference schools. It’s always a good idea to visit schools and look at their websites first, so people’s preferences are informed.”

The closing date for all primary, infant and junior school applications is 11.59pm on Wednesday, 15 January 2020.

Secondary school admissions are currently open for September 2020 and close on Thursday 31 October 2019.

West Sussex County Council staff are available to help parents through the admissions process. Parents can telephone 033 301 42903 or email the admissions team north or the admissions team south.

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