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Starting School September 2020

Was your child born between 1 September 2015 and 31 August 2016? If so, you will need to apply for a school place for September 2020. The deadline for applications was 15 January 2020.  

National Offer Day

The National Offer Day for applications received by 15 January 2020 was 16 April 2020. If you have not received details of your allocation please contact us.

If you applied online you can also check the outcome of your application by logging back into Citizen Portal:

Citizen portal

For information on notifications of allocations for late applications (those received after 15 January 2020), please see the information further down this page.

What happens if my child is not offered a place at my preferred

If you are not allocated a place at your preferred school(s) you will have the right to appeal to an independent panel. Your letter will tell you how to do this and the deadline for submitting an appeal. If you decide to submit an appeal the school place offered to your child will be kept open until the outcome of the appeal is known.

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 let the School Admissions Team know in writing by completing the Changing your preference/s form. Please note that your changed preference(s) will be processed as a late application. Please see the information booklet below for more information.

Need to make a late application?

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

Please note that the national deadline for applications (15 January 2020) has now passed and if you are applying now the late application process will be followed - please refer to the booklet below for more information.

All of the information you need to consider when applying and what happens next can be found in the information 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 links to Frequently Asked Questions and the Admissions Mythbuster useful. 

Make a late application for Starting School

Where do I get help?

Help completing the 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 email

Other enquiries

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

Late applications

Applications submitted after the deadline of 15 January 2020 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 2020) if it is received by 7 February 2020, after which the allocation process begins.

Applications submitted after the national deadline of 15 January 2020 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 2020 and 24 April 2020 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 2020.

Applications received after 24 April 2020 until 31 August 2020 will be dealt with on a daily basis but only after the round two allocations have been made.

Timetable for late applications:

  • 24 April 2020 - deadline for late applications ('Round Two')
  • 25 April 2020 to 31 August 2020 - late applications received between these dates will be dealt with daily after 29 May 2020
  • 29 May 2020 - 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 the Admission Arrangements page 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.