1: When to apply

Please read our information on how we are supporting residents and businesses, as well as information on affected services.


You can only apply up to eight school weeks ahead of the date you need the place.  If you are a Service Family it is twelve weeks.   

Applications received earlier than this will not be processed.  You will need to complete a new application form at the appropriate time.

If you are not living in Cornwall yet or you are moving house in Cornwall:  

You will need to be able to provide evidence of your new address when you apply.  Only these forms of evidence can be accepted:  

Buying a new home, including a new build

  • A solicitor’s letter confirming exchange of contracts; and
  • if a new build: evidence that the child will be living there before the expected school start date, for example a letter from a developer confirming a build completion date. Documents evidencing the ownership or purchase of a plot of land will not be accepted.

Renting a property

  • A signed rental agreement, with the period of tenancy extending beyond the date of the expected school start date.

Returning to an owned property

  • Evidence of ownership of the property, for example the current financial year’s council tax bill or recent utility bills; and
  • evidence that the property is available to move into, for example a signed rental agreement showing the end of the date of tenancy.

House exchange

  • A copy of the new tenancy agreement, signed; and
  • a letter from the housing authority confirming the date for the exchange.

Moving to live with a friend or family

  • Written confirmation from the person the family are going to be residing with; and
  • evidence to prove that the family is going to be resident at that address, for example a driver’s licence or a bank statement.

Service Families

  • An official letter declaring a relocation date and evidence of a future home address, unit address or quartering address.

Applications from outside the United Kingdom

  • It is the responsibility of the parent/carer to check that their children have a right to study at a school.  Parents/carers should check that:
    • they have the right of abode; or
    • the conditions of their visa means they can attend a state-funded school. 
  • Parents/carers will be required to provide:
    • a photocopy or scan of the child’s passport; and
    • a visa (if appropriate). 

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