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 was 15 January 2018.  The outcome of applications submitted by 15 January 2018 will be notified on 16 April 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.

Please note that the national deadline for applications (15 January 2018) has now passed and if you are applying now the late application process will be followed - please refer to the booklet above for more information.

Make a late application for an infant/primary school place

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

What if I have changed my mind?

If you have submitted your application and now wish to express a preference for a different school, please put your request in writing to the School Admissions Team.  Please do not complete a new application form.  Please note that your changed preference(s) will now be processed as a late application. Please refer to the booklet at the top of this page for more information on how late applications will be processed.

Late applications

Applications submitted after the deadline of 15 January 2018 will not be processed until after all those submitted by the deadline.

In exceptional circumstances, for example due to medical reasons, a recent move into the area or a family returning from abroad, an application may be accepted for consideration with those received by the deadline (15 January 2018) if it is received by 7 February 2018, after which the allocation process begins. 

Applications submitted after the national deadline of 15 January 2018 will be treated as 'late applications' following the process described in the booklet at the top of this page.

Late applications submitted between 15 January 2018 and 27 April 2018 that are not considered 'exceptional' will be dealt with in 'Round Two'. Parents/carers with applications processed in Round Two will be notified of the outcome by 29 May 2018.

Applications received after 27 April 2018 until 31 August 2018 will be dealt with on a daily basis but only after the round two allocations have been made. 

Timetable for late applications:

  • 27 April 2018 - deadline for late applications ('Round Two')
  • 27 April 2018 to 31 August 2017 - late applications received between these dates will be dealt with daily after 29 May 2018
  • 29 May 2018 - notification of outcome of late applications in Round Two

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.