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Starting School September 2021

Was your child born between 1 September 2016 and 31 August 2017? If so, you will need to apply for a school place for September 2021. The deadline for applications is 15 January 2021.  

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. It will help you to understand how the admissions process works. This includes how places will be allocated. You may also find the links to Frequently Asked Questions and the Admissions Mythbuster useful. 

How do I apply?

Register with Parent Portal and apply online using the link below.

If you want to apply for one of the new schools that are planned to open in September 2021:

  • Launceston Primary School
  • Newquay Primary Academy

you will need to complete a separate application form AND submit up to three other preferences in Parent Portal (link below).  For more information see the New schools page.

Please note that if you have applied in the past for an older child the system has now changed from Citizen Portal to Parent Portal.  You will need to create a new account with Parent Portal to apply this year.

Register and apply for a reception class place

Where do I get help?

Parent Portal technical support

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

Help completing the application

Do you need any help with:

  • completing the application?
  • understanding the process?
  • other aspects of school admissions?

Is English not your family's first language?

If so, please contact the Family Information Service:

Other enquiries

For all other enquiries please contact the School Admissions Team using the contact details 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:

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 it would be more appropriate for their child to:

  • start part-time
  • start later in the school year

For more information, you can view the following page:

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.

What if I have changed my mind?

Have you submitted your application and now want to change your preferred school(s)? If so, you need to let the School Admissions Team know in writing. Please complete the Changing your preference/s form. Please note that if the deadline has passed your changed preference(s) will be processed as a late application. Please see the information booklet below for more information.

When will I find out which school has been allocated for my child (National Offer Day)?

If you submit an application online by 15 January 2021 you will be sent an email on 16 April 2021 telling you which school your child has been allocated.  If you applied using a paper application and did not provide an email address we will send you a letter confirming your allocation.