Apply for a primary school place for the 2017/2018 school year

How to apply for a primary (including infant, junior and middle) school place for the September 2017 and what happens on National Offer Day, 18 April 2017.

If you've already completed an online application by 15 January 2017 (closing date) you can check what school your child has been offered on Tuesday 18 April 2017. You can see your online application here.


How to check your school place on National Offer Day

Online applications. On Tuesday 18 April 2017:

  • You can log on to see the outcome of your application on the offer day.
  • You'll receive an email* with details of your child's offer of a school place on the offer day.
    (*) if you've ticked the relevant box on the online application. Please check your 'spam' and 'junk' inbox folders.
  • You'll 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.

Paper applications. On Tuesday 18 April 2017:

  • You'll be sent a letter which we will post by second class post on the offer day (Tuesday 18 April 2017) with the offer of a school place. This letter will also include information about what to do next.

We cannot confirm the outcome of your application by telephone or before you receive your letter.

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You can still submit a paper application as follows:

  • Complete the normal year of entry application form (CAF1)
  • Check if you also need to complete a Supplementary Information Form (see below)
  • Send the CAF1 to the Admissions Team

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.

Change of contact details or changes to your application

If your contact details change after the closing date, you will need to email us separately with the changes (admissions@suffolk.gov.uk). You do not need to let us know if you change your email address only.

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.

Read more on page 26 of the Admissions to Schools in Suffolk 2017/2018 guide about when late applications will be processed.

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 after the closing date, but you have not had any change in circumstances (for example you have not moved house) you should submit a paper application form (CAF1).

We will still process your original application and offer a place on national offer day. However, 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 then 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 would 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.

Read more on page 26 of the Admissions to Schools in Suffolk 2017/2018 guide about when late applications will be processed.

 

Read our school admissions FAQs page

Need to contact School Admissions?

Web chat is the quickest and easiest way to contact School Admissions; Monday to Friday 9am to 4.30pm.

The chat with us button will appear in the right hand corner when someone is available to talk to.


You can still submit a paper application as follows:

  • Complete the normal year of entry application form (CAF1)
  • Check if you also need to complete a Supplementary Information Form (see below)
  • Send the CAF1 to the Admissions Team

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

Change of contact details or changes to your application

If your contact details change, please email us separately with the changes (admissions@suffolk.gov.uk).  You do not need to let us know if you change your email address only.

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).

Read more on page 26 of the Admissions to Schools in Suffolk 2017/2018 guide about when late applications will be processed.

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, but you have not had any change in circumstances (for example you have not moved house) you should submit a paper application form (CAF1).

Please note that if you submit a second or subsequent application then 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 would 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.

Read more on page 26 of the Admissions to Schools in Suffolk 2017/2018 guide about when late applications will be processed.

An in-year application is made when a parent or carer applies for their child to go to a new school during the school year or at the start of the school year but in a different year group from the school's normal year of entry.  If you are applying for an in-year school place, we recommend that you read the In-Year Admissions to Schools in Suffolk 2017/2018 guide for further information.

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 the procedure you need to follow.  If you live in Suffolk or in another authority and wish to apply for an in-year place at a Suffolk school, please read on.

Suffolk County Council co-ordinates the offer of school places to all community and voluntary controlled schools in Suffolk.  You can apply for an in-year school place, even if you thing the year group you wish to apply for is full.  You will have the right to appeal should your application be refused.  To apply for a community of voluntary controlled school you will need to complete a paper application form (CAF2) and forward to the Admissions Team at Suffolk County Council.  If you are applying for a voluntary controlled school for religious reasons you will need to complete a Supplementary Information Form (SIF).

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.

If you are applying for a free school, academy, voluntary aided or foundation school, you will need to complete an ADM1 form and apply directly to the school as they are their own admissions authority.  You will need to complete an application form for each school you would like to apply for and return this to the relevant school directly.

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 Schools (including Infant, Junior and Middle) Schools for the 2017/2018 school year. You can view changes and amendments to the Directory (PDF, 76KB).

Either the Admissions Team or the school, whichever is relevant, will write to you with the outcome of your application.  If your application is unsuccessful, you will be informed of your right to appeal.

Late applications

The deadline for primary (including infant, junior and middle) schools applications has now passed.

You can still submit a paper application as follows:

  • Complete the normal year of entry application form (CAF1)
  • Check if you also need to complete a Supplementary Information Form (see below)
  • Send the CAF1 to the Admissions Team

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.

Processing late applications

Please see the late applications section of the Admissions to Schools in Suffolk 2017/2018 guide (Page 26) for more information and details of when you will receive an offer of a school place.

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 of the Admissions to Schools in Suffolk 2017/2018 guide (Page 32) for more information.

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

Waiting lists for normal year of entry applications

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

Further information can be found in the waiting list section of the Admissions to Schools in Suffolk guide (Page 30).

The waiting lists will cease to operate at the end of the first full week of the spring term (Friday 12 January 2018).

Admission arrangements for 2017/2018 (Determined Admission Arrangements)

Search a list of Admission Policies and Supplementary Information Forms for 2017/2018

Admission arrangements for 2017/2018 applications

Download Determined Admission Arrangements (PDF, KB)

These include:

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

Local Authority Report

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Contacting School Admissions

  • Web chat is the quickest and easiest way to contact School Admissions; Monday to Friday 9am to 4.30pm.
    The chat with us button will appear in the right hand corner when someone is available to talk to.
  • Email: admissions@suffolk.gov.uk
  • Call: 0345 600 0981
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