Starting School September 2016
If your child was born between 1 September 2011 and 31 August 2012, you will need to apply for a school place for September 2016.
How do I apply?
The deadline for applications is 23.59 on 15 January 2016.
Alternatively, you can download and complete a Starting School paper application form. The application form is also available at your local One Stop Shop or on request from the School Admissions Team.
All the information you need to consider when applying and what happens next can be found in the Starting School - September 2016 Booklet. Some of this information is also included below. We strongly recommend that you read this booklet carefully before making your application.
Why list more than one school preference?
The application form allows you to list up to three schools in order of preference. All of your preferences will be considered equally against each school’s oversubscription criteria and if we are able to offer a place at more than one of your preferred schools we will offer a place at the one you have ranked highest. Naming a second or third preference does not give you any less chance of getting a place at your first preference school. If you do not name a second or third preference and we are not able to allocate a place at your preferred school then we will allocate a place at the nearest school with a place available. It is strongly recommended that at least one of your preferences should be your nearest or designated school.
What if I change my mind before the application deadline?
When applying online you can change your preference(s) right up to the deadline of 23:59 on 15 January 2016. However, please remember that if you edit your application, it is essential that you resubmit it – failure to do so will result in a non-application. If you have sent in a paper application form you will need to write to the School Admissions Team to tell them you want to change your preference(s). This must be received by 15 January 2016.
When will I be told about the outcome of my application?
If you submit an online application by 23:59 on 15 January 2016 you will receive an email on 18 April 2016 in addition to a letter which will be sent by post on the same day. If you submit a paper application by 15 January 2016 we will post you a letter on 18 April 2016.
What if I'm not sure that my child will be ready to start school in the September following their fourth birthday?
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 Deferring or delaying admission to school and educating pupils out of their chronological year group page for more information.
What happens if my child is not offered a place at my preferred school?
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.
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 or Education, Health and Care Plan, 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 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 Council.
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 above.
Any applications to start in an infant or primary school received after the deadline of 23:59 15 January 2016 will be treated as a late application. For more information on how late applications will be processed please refer to the Starting School - September 2016 Booklet.
Support with your application
For help completing the application, understanding the process or other aspects of school admissions, or if your family's first language is not English, please contact the Family Information Service on 0800 587 8191 or at firstname.lastname@example.org. For assistance with obtaining and completing an application form you can visit your local One Stop Shop.
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 Admission Arrangements page for more details.
Please note that if you make a false statement or omit any relevant and appropriate information in your application you could be subject to investigation and may potentially face criminal proceedings. The information you supply in the application may be shared, as the law allows, for the purpose of preventing and detecting fraud. The offer of a school place may be withdrawn if your application is found to be fraudulent. You must notify the Council immediately of any change in your circumstances – failure to do so or providing false or misleading information may lead to prosecution action being taken against you. As part of the process of ensuring that school places are allocated fairly, Cornwall Council undertakes address checks on a random sample of applications each year to ensure that information submitted by parents/carers is correct. If you are randomly selected you will receive a letter requesting evidence of your current address. Cornwall Council may also request evidence where it is alerted to potential false statements. In either of these circumstances, any concerns about the validity of the information provided may lead to investigation and applicants could face criminal proceedings in addition to the withdrawal of the offer of a school place.
Data protection statement
The information on this application form is collected by Cornwall Council as data controller in accordance with the data protection principles contained within the Data Protection Act 1998. This information is collected by Cornwall Council to allow it to carry out its functions in relation to the allocation of school places. Your data may be shared by Cornwall Council with other relevant admission authorities or Council departments (e.g. other local authorities, schools, Cornwall Council’s Democratic Services etc.) for the purpose of dealing with your application and any related matters (e.g. appeals). In addition, the information you provide in connection with your application may be used for the purposes of dealing with matters connected with or ancillary to your child’s education (e.g. school transport, school meals, etc.) or the purpose of updating any other records (e.g. social care, health records, etc.) which either the Council or the schools hold in relation to your child. Your data may also be shared, as the law allows, for the purpose of preventing and detecting fraud.
By completing and submitting your application you give your express consent that all data submitted by you may be processed by us in accordance with the above mentioned purposes.
The information you provide in connection with your application will be retained by Cornwall Council and/or the school at which your child is placed for the duration of your child’s compulsory education.
You have a right to apply for a copy of the information we hold on you or your child and to correct any inaccuracies. However, please note this does not include the details of any persons who have notified the Council of alleged fraud or the details of any allegations or investigations that may have been carried out. In addition, in the event that you no longer wish us to process the information for the purpose(s) provided you may withdraw your consent at any time by giving us written notice. You should understand, however, that we may nevertheless need to continue processing your personal information in accordance with our statutory obligations to the extent permitted by law.
If you have any concerns regarding the processing of your data then please contact the School Admissions Team.