School Admissions FAQs

Help and advice for parents about how to apply for a school place in Suffolk and what happens when you're offered a place on offer day.

The closing dates for applications to secondary (including high and upper) schools is Tuesday 31 October 2017 and primary (including infant, junior and middle) schools is Monday 15 January 2018.

If your application is received after the closing date, it will not be dealt with until all on time applications have been considered. This means that all available places at your preferred school(s) may have been filled.

We recommend you apply online

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 Thursday 1 March 2018 for secondary (including high and upper) schools or Monday 16 April 2018 for primary (including, infant, junior and middle) schools. 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 the relevant offer day (see above). 

You can apply online for a normal year of entry place at a Suffolk school at www.suffolk.gov.uk/admissions or complete and post a paper (CAF 1) application form (PDF, 248KB) by the closing date. The closing dates for applications to secondary (including high and upper) schools is Tuesday 31 October 2017 and primary (including infant, junior and middle) schools is Monday 15 January 2018.

If your application is received after the closing date, it will not be dealt with until all on time applications have been considered. This means that all available places at your preferred school(s) may have been filled.

For further information please read how to apply for a:

Check which application form you need to complete by using our when can I apply tool.

Once you have located the school in the list of schools, simply hover over the name of the school and this will appear as a link for you to click on to select it.

Find information and guidance on how to apply for a:

If you've recently moved, or you're unhappy about your child's current school you can apply for a school place during the current school year 2017/2018.

Online applications

You should have received an email acknowledgement if you applied online for the normal year of entry.

If you have not received an email acknowledgement , please check your application has been submitted.  If your application has been submitted, check your junk or spam folders.

If you need further assistance, please contact the Admissions Team by 0345 600 0981 (local rate) or by email to admissions@suffolk.gov.uk.

Paper applications

Due to the high volume of applications received, we're unable to tell you if your application has been received. It's for this reason that we recommend applicants get proof of posting.

If you're still worried that your application has not been received, we recommend that you submit another application.

If you apply online, you can change and resubmit your school preferences at any time before midnight on the closing date. You must resubmit your form after you have made any changes.

If you apply using the paper application form (CAF1), you can change your school preferences at any time up until the closing date by submitting another paper application form.  You must make sure that these changes are received by us before the closing date. We will process the application received nearest to the closing date.

If you are experiencing difficulties, such as starting an application after registering or certain functions of the form are not working, please ensure that you are using the following supported browsers:

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We cannot guarantee your child a place at any school including their catchment school.

You can search for schools in your area by checking the catchment areas list and maps for schools.

Find out about making an in-year application for the 2017/2018 school year.

Information and guidance is available on how to apply for the coming year:

 

I've been offered a place at a school that wasn't my preference. Can I go on a waiting list for my preferred school(s)?

We don't hold waiting lists for in-year applicants to community and voluntary controlled schools. Some academies, voluntary aided and free schools do hold waiting lists for in-year applicants. This information is available from the school.

Further information on waiting lists can be found in the Admissions to Schools in Suffolk 2018/2019 guide (PDF, 1.3MB).

For the normal year of entry to a school, if you've been refused a place at a preferred school, you'll automatically be put on a waiting list for that school in case a place becomes available. Waiting lists close on 31 December 2018 for applications made for the normal year of entry for the 2018/2019 school year.

 

When you receive your offer letter, you will receive information about the reasons why you have not received your school preferences for your child.

Your offer letter should also contain details about how to appeal the decision made or find out more information about the appeal process.

Find information about school and post-16 travel policies in our home to school and college travel section.

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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