Apply for a primary school place for the 2018/2019 school year

How to apply for a primary (including infant, junior and middle) school place for September 2018

How to check your school place on National offer day (Monday 16 April 2018)

Online applications:

  • You can log on to see the outcome of your application on offer day
  • You will receive an email with details of your child's offer of a school place on offer day if you've ticked the relevant box on the online application. Please check your 'spam' and 'junk' folders
  • You will also receive a letter, which we will post out on this day by second class post with the offer of a school place and information about what to do next.

View your online application

Paper applications:

You will be sent a letter, which we will post out on this day by second class post with the offer of a school place and information about what to do next. 

If you have not yet made an application or wish to make changes to your application for a primary (including infant, junior and middle) school, please complete a paper application (CAF1) .

Otherwise, all late applications or changes will be considered after we have offered school places for the applications we have received on time.  This will be after Monday 16 April 2018.

In-year applications

Parents and carers can make an in-year application for their child to go to a new school:

  • during the school year
  • at the start of the school year but in a different age group from the school's normal entry year

Making an in-year application depends on which school or schools you want to apply for: 

  • Suffolk County Council deals with in-year applications for community and voluntary controlled schools
  • Voluntary aided, foundation, free schools and academies deal with their in-year applications directly

Find out if your preferred school is in our list of voluntary aided, foundation, free schools and academies. If you can't find your preferred school in this list, then it is a community or voluntary controlled school.

When you apply for a school place remember to:

  • Be realistic about your preferences. We recommend that you apply for more than one school if you are applying for a place in the normal year of entry
  • Be aware that a place at any school, including your catchment area school, cannot be guaranteed
  • Consider how you will get your child to school. You are responsible for ensuring they attend school and this includes getting them there on time. However, in some cases we will help with your child’s home to school travel.
  • Consider the availability of places in the year group at your preferred school. Be aware that even if the school is full, you are still able to apply for a place.

To find out more about the admissions process and the schools you are interested in:

* Supplementary Information Form (SIF)

Some schools also require a SIF to be completed. It is used to provide extra information to help the admissions authority apply their oversubscription criteria to rank your application.

How to apply for a place in the normal year of entry

Further information is available in the Admissions to Schools in Suffolk 2018/2019 guide (PDF, 920KB) explaining how to apply including cross-county applications and if you are moving house or are planning to move house during the application process.

The deadline to apply online has passed

You can still submit a paper application as follows:

Please Note:

  • We do not acknowledge receipt of paper applications so we strongly suggest that you get proof of postage as we cannot be responsible for forms lost in the post
  • You will not be able to view your offer online
  • If we received your application by Monday 15 January 2018, we will post your offer letter to you on National Offer Day, Monday 16 April 2018 by second class post. Unfortunately, we are not able to provide this information over the phone.  This means you will not find out which school has been offered at the same time as those who have applied online.

Late applications or changes will be considered after we have offered school places for the applications we have received on time.

Changing your mind

We understand that for a number of reasons parents may want to change the schools they originally listed on their application.

If you want to change any of your school preferences you should submit a paper application form (CAF1) (PDF, 267KB). We will then replace your earlier application with the new one and this will supersede all your previous preferences.

Please note, that if you submit a second or subsequent application that this will override any previous application.  This is because you can only have up to three live preferences at any one time. 

This means that you must include any schools from your first application above your new preferences on your second or subsequent application if you would like them to remain as a live preference.  When you make a new application, you will be agreeing that:

  • any previous offer that may have been made for that school will be withdrawn if we can offer a place at a school from the second or subsequent applications.
  • you will no longer have the right to appeal against a refusal for that school.
  • your child's name will be removed from any waiting list for that school.

We will process your second or subsequent application(s) as soon as we can but it may be several weeks before you receive an offer of a school place. 

Supplementary Information Form (SIF)

If you are applying for a voluntary controlled school for religious reasons you will need to complete a Supplementary Information Form (SIF) (PDF, 143KB).

Acting as their own admissions authority, some voluntary aided schools and academies also ask that you complete one of their own Supplementary Information Forms (SIFs) for some of their criteria. Find the policies and SIFs that you may need

If you don't have a printer please contact us on 0345 600 0981 (local rate) and we will send you a paper application form (CAF1) or a SIF in the post.

If there are more applications than there are places available, the relevant oversubscription criteria will be applied and the applicants will be ranked. The applicant(s) at the top of the list will be offered a place(s).

You can find the oversubscription criteria for all schools in the Directory of Schools in Suffolk for primary (including infant, junior and middle) schools (PDF, 879KB).

How to apply for an in-year school place at a community or voluntary controlled school

If you live in Suffolk or in another county and you wish to make an in-year application to a Suffolk community and/or voluntary controlled school, you can apply for a place by completing an in-year application form (CAF2) (PDF, 264KB). 

Complete and return the CAF2 application form to:

Admissions Team
Endeavour House
8 Russell Road
Ipswich
IP1 2BX

If you are applying for a Church of England voluntary controlled school based on religious grounds, you must complete a Supplementary Information Form (SIF) (PDF, 144KB).

If you don't have a printer please contact us on 0345 600 0981 (local rate) and we will send you a paper application form (CAF2) or a SIF in the post.

If you live in Suffolk and wish to make an in-year application to a school outside Suffolk, please contact the relevant local authority to find out how to apply. 

Oversubscription criteria

If there are more applications than there are places available, the oversubscription criteria for community and voluntary controlled schools will be applied and the applicants will be ranked. The applicant(s) with the highest criteria will be offered a place(s).

Please see pages 16 to 19 of the In-Year Admissions to Schools in Suffolk 2018/2019 guide (PDF, 835KB) for more information.

How to apply for an in-year school place at a voluntary aided, foundation, free school and academy

If you live in Suffolk or in another county and you wish to make an in-year application to a Suffolk school, you can either:

Acting as their own admissions authority, some voluntary aided schools and academies may also ask that you complete one of their own Supplementary Information Forms (SIFs) for some of their criteria. See whether you will need to complete one for your preferred school: Admission Policies and Supplementary Information Forms (SIFs) for 2018/2019.

Once you have completed the application form and the SIF (if necessary) please send them directly to the school you are applying for.

If you don't have a printer please contact us on 0345 600 0981 (local rate) and we will send you a paper application form (ADM1) or a SIF in the post.

If you live in Suffolk and wish to make an in-year application to a school outside Suffolk please contact the relevant local authority to find out how to apply.

Oversubscription criteria

If there are more applications than there are places available, the relevant oversubscription criteria will be applied and the applicants will be ranked. The applicant(s) with the highest criteria will be offered a place(s).

Offer of a school place 

Applications for the normal year of entry

Primary Offer Day is Monday 16 April 2018 (on-time applications only).

Online applications:

  • You can log on and view the outcome of your application on offer day.
  • You will receive an email with details of your child's offer of a school place on the offer day
  • You will also be sent a letter by second class post on this day with the offer of a school place and information about what to do next.

If you submitted a paper application:

  • You will be sent a letter by second class post on offer day with the offer of a school place.  This letter will also include information about what to do next.

Please Note:

  • We do not acknowledge receipt of paper applications so we strongly suggest that you get proof of postage as we cannot be responsible for forms lost in the post
  • You will not be able to view your offer online

Late applications or changes will be considered after we have offered school places for the applications we have received on time.

Late applications for the normal year of entry

The closing date for on time primary (including infant, junior and middle) school applications was 15 January 2018.

You can still submit a paper application as follows:

Please Note:

  • We do not acknowledge receipt of paper applications so we strongly suggest that you get proof of postage as we cannot be responsible for forms lost in the post

Late applications or changes will be considered after we have offered school places for the applications we have received on time.

Supplementary Information Form (SIF)

Some schools also require a SIF to be completed. It is used to provide extra information to help the admissions authority apply their oversubscription criteria to rank your application.

Processing late applications

If you apply:

  • before the offer date of Monday 16 April 2018, you'll receive an offer letter before the middle of June 2018
  • on or after Monday 16 April 2018, you will receive an offer letter after the middle of June 2018.

For more information, please see the late applications section on page 26 of the Admissions to Schools in Suffolk 2018/2019 guide (PDF, 920KB).

In-year applications for community and voluntary controlled schools

The Admissions Team will aim to process your application within 10 school days of receiving it. It may take slightly longer to process your application at busy times or if we need to contact schools.

The team will write to you to let you know the outcome of your application. They cannot give this information out over the phone.

Please see the In-Year Admissions to Schools in Suffolk 2018/2019 guide (PDF, 835KB) for more information. 

In-year applications for voluntary aided, foundation, free schools and academies

You should speak to the school or visit the school's own website to find out how they will process your application. The school will write to you with the outcome of your application.

Contact information for all schools is available from our online infoLink directory of schools in Suffolk

Unsuccessful applications: the appeals process for Suffolk schools

You can appeal if your child is not offered a place at one or more of your preferred schools. Please read the appeals process section on page 32 of the Admissions to Schools in Suffolk 2018/2019 guide (PDF, 920KB) for more information.

All the information you are likely to require can be found on the Education Admission Appeals webpages.

For in-year applications, you may also wish to make another application at a different school. If your child does not have a local school place, we will offer a place at an alternative school or notify you of an alternative school in your area.

Waiting lists

The normal year of entry

If we're unable to offer your child a place at one of your preferred schools we will automatically add their name to the waiting list for those schools. 

Further information can be found in the waiting list section on page 30 of the Admissions to Schools in Suffolk 2018/2019 guide (PDF, 920KB).

The waiting lists for community and voluntary controlled schools will close on Sunday 31 December 2018. The waiting lists for voluntary aided, foundation, free schools and academies will be available from the schools directly.

In-year applications for community and voluntary controlled schools

We do not hold waiting lists for in-year applications to community and voluntary controlled schools.

In-year applications for voluntary aided, foundation, free schools and academies

You should speak to the school or visit the school's own website for information on waiting lists.

Admission arrangements for 2018/2019 (Determined Admission Arrangements)

Search a list of Admission Policies and Supplementary Information Forms for 2018/2019

Admission arrangements for 2018/2019 applications

Download Determined Admission Arrangements (PDF, 1MB)

These include:

  • The oversubscription criteria for community and voluntary controlled schools
  • Co-ordinated Admissions Scheme
  • Published Admission Numbers for Suffolk schools
  • Supplementary Information Form for voluntary controlled schools.

Contacting School Admissions

  • Web chat is the quickest and easiest way to contact School Admissions; Monday to Friday 9am to 4.30pm.
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  • Email: admissions@suffolk.gov.uk
  • Call: 0345 600 0981
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