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 the September 2018 and check the closing date for applications.

You need to apply by midnight on Monday 15 January 2018.  

We recommend you apply online. 

This is because it is quick, easy and secure. By applying online you can:

  • Receive confirmation of your application by email
  • Check or change your application right up to the closing date
  • View the outcome of your application online on the offer day
  • Receive an email with details of your school offer on Monday 16 April 2018.  A letter will also be sent to you on the offer day by second class post.

If you apply on paper you may not receive your letter with details of the school offered for two or three days after Monday 16 April 2018. We cannot confirm the outcome of your application over the telephone or before you receive your letter.

Apply online


You can rank up to 3 preferences when you apply for a school place.

Remember to:

  • Be realistic about your preferences. We recommend that you apply for more than one school.
  • 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.

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.


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.

We recommend that you apply online because:

  • You get an emailed confirmation of your submitted application
  • You can check or change your application right up until the closing date
  • You can view the outcome of your application online and receive an email offer on National Offer Day, Monday 16 April 2018.

Please note:

  • You cannot apply online after the closing date of 15 January 2018
  • You may need to complete a Supplementary Information Form (see below)

 Click here for our guide to applying online.

If you are unable to apply online, you can 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 receive 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.

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 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).

 


Offer of a school place 

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.

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) (PDF, 267KB).

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.


Late applications

The deadline for primary  (including infant, junior and middle) school applications is 15 January 2018.

Sometimes there are very exceptional reasons why an application cannot be made by the closing date.  This only applies in circumstances outside your control which made it impossible for the application to have been made on time.  If you feel that this applied to you, please write to us giving all your reasons and include as much supporting evidence with your application as you can by the date below.

Evidence for supporting exceptional late applications for primary (including infant, junior and middle) school applications should be received by Friday 9 February 2018.

Moving House

If you are moving house, this is also the latest date for you to provide written evidence to the admissions team that you are legally committed to this move so that you can be considered as part of the on time application process.

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

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

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).

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.


Waiting lists for normal year of entry applications

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 will cease to operate on Sunday 31 December 2018.

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
  • Fair Access Protocol
  • 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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