Starting School September 2018


If your child was born between 1 September 2013 and 31 August 2014, you will need to apply for a school place for September 2018. The deadline for applications is 15 January 2018. 


All of the information you need to consider when applying and what happens next can be found in the Starting School - September 2018 Booklet.

Please read this information before applying for a place so that you understand how the admissions process works including how places will be allocated.

You may also find the Frequently Asked Questions page useful.

How do I apply? 

You can apply online for a school place using the link below:

Apply online for an infant/primary school place

If you need technical support for the online applications system please contact the helpline on 01872 322030.

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

Special Educational Needs

If your child has an Education, Health and Care Plan (EHC Plan) or a Statement of Special Educational Needs, you do not need to complete an application form as a school place will be identified through a separate process.  However, if a request has been made for an EHC needs assessment for your child, or your child is currently being assessed to decide whether an EHC Plan is necessary, you will need to make an application using the normal process. Please contact the Statutory SEN Team for more information on 01872 324242 or via email:

How places will be allocated

It is important that you are aware of how applications will be ranked and places allocated at your preferred schools.  Please go to the Admission Arrangements page for more details. 

Faith schools

Please note that if you are applying for a place at a faith school and indicate on your application form that you feel that you should be given priority under that school’s faith criteria/criterion (as described in their admission arrangements), you will need to supply supporting evidence.  You may need to complete a Supplementary Information Form or provide evidence in another way – please read the school’s admission arrangements or contact the school to find out what is required and return any evidence direct to the school.

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. Go to the Deferring or delaying admission to school and educating pupils out of their chronological year group page for more information.

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.

National Offer Day

If you submit an application by 15 January 2018 you will be sent a letter in  the post on 16 April 2018 telling you which school you have been allocated.  If you opted through the online application system to also be notified by email, you will receive this on 16 April 2018.