Start Infant or Primary School
Last updated: 28/02/2014
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If your child was born between 01 September
2009 and 31 August 2010, you will need to
apply for a school place for September 2014.
How do I apply?
The deadline for applications was 23.59 on 15
From 16 January 2014 the online application
form for Infant or Primary School will no longer be
available. You can still apply for an Infant or Primary
School place by completing and returning a Starting
Infant/Primary School Application paper form.
Any applications to start an Infant or Primary School received
after the deadline of 23:59 15 January 2014
will be treated as a late application. For
more information on how late applications will be
processed please refer to page 9 of the Starting
School - September 2014 Booklet.
All the information you need on what to consider, how to apply
and what happens afterwards can be found in the Starting
School - September 2014 Booklet. We strongly
recommend that you read this carefully before making your
It is also important that you are aware of how applications will
be ranked and places allocated at your preferred school(s) - this
is known as the Oversubscription Criteria. Please visit the
Arrangements page for more details.
When will I be told about the outcome of my application?
If you submitted an online application by 23:59 on 15 January
2014 you will receive an email on 16 April 2014 in addition to a
letter which will be sent by first class post on the same day. If
you submit a paper application by 15 January 2014 we will send you
a letter on 16 April 2014.
What if I've changed my mind?
If you change your mind and wish to express a preference for a
different school, please put your request in writing to the School
Admissions Team. Please note that your changed
preference(s) would be processed as a late application
unless it is sent before 14 February 2014 (after which the
allocation process will begin) and considered to be
What if I'm not sure that my child will be ready to
start school in the September following their fourth
The majority of children start school full-time in the September
following their fourth birthday. However, in some cases
parents believe that starting part-time or starting later in the
school year would be more appropriate for their child. Visit
the following page for more information: Deferring or delaying admission to school and
educating pupils out of their chronological year group
Can I still view my online application even though the system
Yes, but you will not be able to make any changes: Online application
What happens if my child is not offered a place at my preferred
The letter will tell you whether you have been allocated a place
at your second or third preference schools. If you did not name any
other preferences or your other preference schools are also full,
your child will be offered a place at the nearest school with room
(measured as an actual distance by the nearest available
If you are not allocated a place at your preferred school you
will have the right to appeal to an independent panel - the letter
will tell you how to do this. You will have 20 school days after
you receive your notification to appeal the decision. Appeals must
then be heard within 40 school days of this deadline.
If your child has a Statement of Special Educational Needs, you
will have the right of appeal to the Special Educational Needs and
Disability Tribunal. However, in the first instance, you will be
advised to contact the Assessment and Education Provision Team
(Tel: 0300 1234 101).
Moving to/from Cornwall?
If you are currently living outside Cornwall and want to apply
for a school place within the county, either during the school
year or at one of the standard points of entry, your
application must be made via your home Local
Authority. However, if you have a confirmed address in
Cornwall, evidenced by either a signed rental agreement
or completed proof of purchase, you can apply direct to Cornwall
Similarly, if you live in Cornwall and wish to apply for a
school in another county, your application must be made via
Cornwall Council unless you have evidence of an address as stated
Support with your Application
For help completing the application, understanding the process
or other aspects of school admissions, or if your first language is
not English, please contact the Family Information Service on 0800
587 8191 or at email@example.com. For
assistance with obtaining and completing an application form you
can visit your local One Stop Shop, a list of One Stop Shops
can be found by clicking on My Area at the top right of this
page. Alternatively, please contact the School Admissions
Team (details to the right).