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.  

All of the information you need to consider when applying and what happens next can be found in our booklet:

Download or view the 'Starting School - September 2019' 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:

How do I apply?

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.

Make a late application for a primary school place

Nansledan School
If you wish to apply for the new primary school in Newquay, there is a separate application form. This must be completed in addition to the online form above.  More information and how to apply separately for this school can be found on the Nansledan School page.

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:

Other enquiries

For all other enquiries please contact the School Admissions Team. Contact details are shown on this page.

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 'Starting School - September 2019' booklet for more information on how late applications will be processed. 

Late applications

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.

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:

Fraudulent applications

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.

Privacy Notice

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.

Faith schools

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.

National Offer Day

If you submit an application by 15 January 2019 you will be sent a letter in the post on 16 April 2019. This letter will tell 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 2019.