Apply to start school or transfer to junior, secondary or KS4 school in September 2022

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These application processes are for children currently living in Cornwall who need a school place in Cornwall or in another local authority.

Starting infant/primary school

For children born between 1 September 2017 and 31 August 2018 please apply online by 15 January 2022 using the Parent Portal:

Apply for a reception place

Transfer to junior school

For children born between 1 September 2014 and 31 August 2015 (attending an infant school in Cornwall) please apply online by 15 January 2022 using the Parent Portal:

Apply to transfer to junior school

Transfer to secondary school

For children born between 1 September 2010 and 31 August 2011, please apply online by 31 October 2021 using the Parent Portal:

Apply to transfer to secondary school

Starting at a university technical college or studio school

To apply for Year 9 at a KS4 school (UTC or studio school) in another county in September 2022, such as Scott College in Plymouth you will need to apply by 31 October 2021.  There is a separate application form to allow you to apply for a KS4 school if you live in Cornwall:

Apply for a KS4 school

Sky Primary (new school in St Austell)

Sky Primary & Eden Project Nursery will open at the heart of the new West Carclaze Garden Village on the outskirts of St Austell in September 2022.

The school and nursery will initially open with space for 30 reception age pupils and will have 26 full time equivalent places for 3 & 4 year olds in the Nursery. The school will grow year on year with classes across the primary phase.

Before completing this application form you must have applied for schools that are already open through the Parent Portal using the link above.

The reason for this is that, until the Funding Agreement has been signed for the school to open in September 2022, we will only be able to make provisional offers of a place for eligible children. We will offer you a place at the highest preference school at which your child is eligible for a place. If this is the new school, this will be a provisional offer, alongside an offer of a school that is already open, until the school’s Funding Agreement has been signed.

How to apply for Sky Primary

There is a separate application form to allow you to apply for a reception place at the new school:  

Apply for a place at Sky Primary

What happens next?

  • If you submit an application online by the deadline you will be sent an email on National Offer Day telling you which school you have been allocated.
  • If you applied online you will also be able to log back in to the system to check your allocation.
  • If you applied using a paper application and did not provide an email address we will send you a letter in the post.
  For applications submitted by National Offer Day
Transfer to Secondary School 31 October 2021 1 March 2022
Starting School 15 January 2022 19 April 2022
Transfer to Junior School 15 January 2022 19 April 2022

 

Further information and help

We have created a booklet with lots of helpful information to help you complete an application for a school place in September 2022 in Reception, Year 3 of a Junior School or Year 7.

Applying for a school place for September 2022 booklet

If you still have questions please use the links below for other subjects, or if you need further help please use the contact details below.

Where to get help

Parent Portal technical support

If you need technical support for the online applications system please contact the helpline: 01872 322030 or email: cfasystemsupport@cornwall.gov.uk 

School Admissions Team
Please use the contact information at the bottom of this page.

Family Information Service
You can contact the Family Information Service for help with:

  • completing the application
  • understanding the process
  • other aspects of starting school
  • English as an additional language

Telephone: 0800 587 8191

Please note that parents/carers are responsible for getting their child to and from school. 

However, your child may be entitled to support under Cornwall Council’s Home to School Transport Policy.  

If you are in any doubt as to whether your child would be eligible for home to school transport please contact the Transport Coordination Service (TCS) before naming your preferred school/s. 

Telephone: 0300 1234 222
Email: transporteligibility@cornwall.gov.uk

If your child has an Education, Health and Care (EHC) Plan you do not need to complete an application form.

Please contact the Statutory SEN Service (01872 324242) for more information.

You can apply for up to three schools.

Before you decide which schools to apply for you could:
• arrange a visit by contacting the school;
• have a look at the school’s website;
• ask for a copy of their prospectus.

You should also…

Read the school’s oversubscription criteria
This will help you understand how places will be allocated.

Find out if your child would be eligible for school transport

Please note that parents/carers are responsible for getting their child to and from school.  However, your child may be entitled to support under Cornwall Council’s Home to School Transport Policy.  

If you are in any doubt as to whether your child would be eligible for home to school transport please contact the Transport Coordination Service (TCS) before naming your preferred school/s. 

Telephone: 0300 1234 222
Email: transporteligibility@cornwall.gov.uk

Name more than one preference including your nearest school/s
If you only put one preference and we cannot offer you that school you might be allocated a school some distance away as other parents/carers who did express additional preferences will take priority for the nearer schools.
Naming more than one preference will not give you any less chance of getting a place at your preferred school.

It is important that you are aware of how applications will be ranked and places allocated at your preferred schools.

Please see the Admission Arrangements page for more information.

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.

When applying online you will not be able to make any changes to your preference(s) or details once the application has been submitted.

• For a change of preference, please go to the Change of Preference page.
• For all other changes please contact the School Admissions Team.

Applications received after the deadline will be dealt with in ‘round two’ and some schools will already be full.

  Round two (late) deadline Notifications will be sent
Transfer to Secondary School 4 March 2022 By 4 April 2022
Starting School 22 April 2022 By 27 May 2022
Transfer to Junior School 22 April 2022 By 27 May 2022

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