Starting School September 2019
Was your child born between 1 September 2014 and 31 August 2015? If so, you will need to apply for a school place for September 2019. The deadline for applications was 15 January 2019.
The National Offer Day for applications received by 15 January 2019 was 16 April 2019. If you have not received details of your allocation please contact us.
For information on notifications of allocations for late applications (those received after 15 January 2019) please see the information further down this page.
What happens if my child is not offered a place at my preferred school?
If you have not secured a place at one of your preferred schools your letter will give details of why you have been refused and how you can appeal this decision and request to go on a Waiting List.
What if I have changed my mind?
If you have submitted your application and now want to change your preferred school(s) you need to put your request in writing to the School Admissions Team. Please note that your changed preference(s) will be processed as a late application. Please see further down this page for more information.
Still need to apply?
All of the information you need to consider when applying and what happens next can be found in our booklet:
Please read this information before applying for a place. This will ensure that you understand how the admissions process works. It also includes information on how places will be allocated. You may also find the following links useful:
You can apply online using the link below.
Please note that the national deadline for applications (15 January 2019) 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.
Please note that this form is only for children starting school in the reception year in September 2019.
Applications submitted after the deadline of 15 January 2019 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 2019) if it is received by 6 February 2019, after which the allocation process begins.
Applications submitted after the national deadline of 15 January 2019 will be treated as 'late applications' following the process described in the booklet at the top of this page.
Late applications submitted between 16 January 2019 and 26 April 2019 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 28 May 2019.
Applications received after 26 April 2019 until 31 August 2019 will be dealt with on a daily basis but only after the round two allocations have been made.
Timetable for late applications:
26 April 2019 - deadline for late applications ('Round Two')
27 April 2019 to 31 August 2019 - late applications received between these dates will be dealt with daily after 28 May 2019.
28 May 2019 - notification of outcome of late applications in Round Two.
New primary school in Newquay
A new primary school will open in Newquay in September 2019.
Nansledan School will open as part of the Duchy of Cornwall’s new community on the outskirts of Newquay and will be run by the Aspire Academy Trust.
The school will initially take reception-age pupils in September 2019, gradually expanding to fill reception to year 6.
For more information visit the Nansledan School website.
You can apply for a place using the link under 'Still need to apply' above.
Where do I get help?
Help completing the application
The Family Information Service provide help:
- with completing the application
- with understanding the process or other aspects of school admissions
- if your family's first language is not English
You can contact the Family Information Service either by:
- telephone: 0800 587 8191
- email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
For all other enquiries please contact the School Admissions Team. Contact details are shown on this page.
Special Educational Needs
If your child has an Education, Health and Care (EHC) Plan you do not need to complete an application form. A school place will be identified for them through a separate process. However, you will need to make an application using the normal process 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
Please contact the Statutory SEN Service for more information:
- telephone: 01872 324242
- email: email@example.com
You could be subject to investigation and may potentially face criminal proceedings if:
- you make a false statement or
- you omit any relevant and appropriate information in your application
Information you supply in your 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.
Each year, Cornwall Council undertakes address checks on a random sample of applications. This is to ensure that information submitted by parents/carers is correct. This is done as part of the process of ensuring that school places are allocated fairly. 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. Applicants could face criminal proceedings in addition to the withdrawal of the offer of a school place.
Please visit the Privacy Notice page for information on how your data will be handled.
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 view our Admission Arrangements for more details.
Please note, you will need to supply supporting evidence if:
- you are applying for a place at a faith school and
- you indicate on your application form that you feel that you should be given priority under that school’s faith criteria/criterion. (This is as described in their admission arrangements)
You may need to complete a Supplementary Information Form or provide evidence in another way. Please read the school’s admission arrangements. Alternatively, you can contact the school to find out what is required and return any evidence direct to the school.
What if I am 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. You can view our Deferring or delaying admission to school and educating pupils out of their chronological year group page for more information.
Moving to/from Cornwall
Do you currently live outside Cornwall? Do you want to apply for a school place within the County? If so, your application must be made via your home local authority. However, if you have a confirmed address in Cornwall you can apply direct to Cornwall Council. Evidence of your confirmed address can be provided by either:
- a signed rental agreement or
- completed proof of purchase
Similarly, if you live in Cornwall and wish to apply for a school in another county, your application must be made via Cornwall Council. This is unless you have evidence of an address elsewhere, as stated above.