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Applying for a school place


Reception/primary/junior schools places (2018/2019)


When should I apply for my child to start school?

If your child's birth date is between:Apply for a school place from:Application Deadline:School start in:
1 September 2013 and 31 August 20141 September 201715 January 2018September 2018
1 September 2014 and 31 August 2015
1 September 201815 January 2019September 2019
1 September 2015 and 31 August 2016
1 September 201915 January 2020September 2020

Apply online

You can still apply after the deadline date but it will be considered a late application.You cannot apply online after 15 January deadline day, instead you will need to complete a paper application form for a primary school place, you can also read our guidance notes on how to complete the application form.

There is no automatic entry from a nursery into a school, and there is no automatic offer of a sibling place (a place for a brother or sister).

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When should I apply for my child to start school?

If your child's birth date is between:Apply for a school place from:Application Deadline:School start in:
1 September 2010 and 31 August 20111 September 201715 January 2018September 2018
1 September 2011 and 31 August 2012
1 September 201815 January 2019September 2019
1 September 2012 and 31 August 2013
1 September 201915 January 2020September 2020

Apply online

You can still apply after the deadline date but it will be considered a late application.You cannot apply online after 15 January deadline day, instead you will need to complete a paper application form for a junior school place, you can also read our guidance notes on how to complete the application form.

There is no automatic entry from a linked infant to junior school and there is no automatic offer of a sibling place (a place for a brother or sister).

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Children, who are in year two at an infant school and do not wish to apply to transfer to a junior school, can apply to transfer to a primary school.

  • Parents wishing to apply for a place at a primary school should submit an in year transfer form
  • Application forms can be downloaded from our forms, guides and policies page or obtained by calling Customer Services on 01225 713010

In-year transfer

You may be applying for a school place outside of the usual time of entry. This might be because you have moved house, because your child is unhappy at their current school or because they have been excluded.

These are known as transfers or in-year applications. You should not remove your child from their current school before you have made a transfer application and secured a place at another school.

Living in Wiltshire and transferring to another Wiltshire School

If you live in Wiltshire and would like to apply for a transfer to another Wiltshire School you should complete a in-year school application form and return it to the school admissions team at Wiltshire Council. You should only complete a transfer form if your child is changing schools during the academic year. Please refer to our forms, guides and policies page.

You cannot complete a transfer application online.

If you are applying for a community or voluntary controlled school we will make the decision on your application. If you are applying to a foundation, voluntary aided school or academy the governing body will make the decision. The school admissions team will write to you within 20 school days with a decision. Decisions will not be given over the telephone.

Applications for places at Wiltshire schools are considered a term in advance of your requested move date. In these cases the 20 school day turnaround time does not apply and a decision on the application will be made as soon as possible.

An offer will be made at one school based on the admissions criteria of the school and, as far as possible, your preferences. Where it is not possible to offer a place at one of your preferred schools, and you live in Wiltshire, a place will be allocated by the school admissions team. If you cannot get a place for your child in your preferred school, you will need to go through the appeals procedure.

Whenever a child is refused admission to a voluntary controlled or community school their name will automatically be added to a waiting list,

Foundation and voluntary aided schools and academies look after their own waiting lists. If you have been refused a place at this type of school you should contact them directly.

Transfer applications for admission


If you wish your child to transfer to a school in Wiltshire, you should complete a Wiltshire transfer application form and return it directly to Wiltshire Council, even if you live outside the county.

If you wish your child to transfer to a school outside Wiltshire, you should contact the home authority for the school to clarify the admissions process.

Applications from service personnel moving into Wiltshire


Applications for children of UK Service Personnel with a confirmed posting to the county or Crown Servants returning from overseas to live in the County, will be considered in advance of the family moving into the county if necessary.  Where possible, an application must be included in the normal admission round.

Families of UK Service Personnel are subject to frequent movement within the UK and from abroad, often at relatively short notice. Some areas in Wiltshire have a high density of service personnel.

An official letter, such as a posting notice or letter of support from the Commanding Officer should be sent to Wiltshire Council as soon as possible.  This should include the relocation date and unit address. This should be sent to the local authority at the time of application or sent separately if you have submitted an online application.


It is not always possible to allocate places in popular schools so no school place can be guaranteed.


If your child will be starting school in September with the normal round of admissions, parents must complete the paper application form and attach proof of their posting to the county.


Applications for the normal admissions round can also be made online, please note that proof of address will need to posted to Wiltshire Council and must be received by the deadline date in order to be considered.

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1 September 2017

Please read our parents guide to applying for a primary school place in Wiltshire before making your application.

  • Some foundation and aided schools with religious admissions criteria will ask you to complete a supplementary application form
  • These forms are available from the schools directly and must be returned to them by the closing date
  • Completing a supplementary form does not mean that you have made an application
  • You must still make an application to Wiltshire Council
15 January 2018

Deadline

  • All paper and online applications must be received by midnight.
  • If you apply after this time your application will not be considered until all those received before the deadline date have been processed. 
  • This means that the outcome of your application may not be decided until the end of May 2018
January - April 2018

The School Admissions Team

  • will liaise with schools and other authorities to make sure that, where possible, parents get a single offer for the highest preference school. If we are unable to offer you a place at any of your preferred schools, and you live in Wiltshire, an alternative place will be allocated for your child at the next nearest school to the home address with available places.
16 April 2018

Offer day

  • Letters are posted out to all parents who applied by the 15 January 2018 deadline offering them a place at one school
  • Parents who apply online will be able to log back on to the online system on national offer day to view the outcome of their application, you will require your username and password which was created at the time of application. It is important that  you keep these details safe as the school admissions team are not able to send duplicate emails to you confirming these details.
  • Decisions on applications will not be given out over the telephone
02 May 2018

Deadline

  • For parents to accept the place they have been offered
  • If you do not respond by this date, we will assume that you do not want the place and it will be offered to another applicant
  • If you have been refused a place at your preferred school you can appeal.
  • Waiting lists are set up
  • Further information will be contained in the decision letter that will be posted out to you on national offer day
31 May 2018

Second round offers 

  • Late applicants (second round applications received between 16 January 2018 and 23 April 2018) will be considered alongside any applicants who were refused in the first round.
  • All applications will be considered in line with the schools individual over subscription criterion and any spare place and places that have become available after the 18 April offer day, will be reallocated.
  • For further information about the process for allocation places please view ‘Determined Co-ordinated Scheme for Primary Schools’ which can be found in the forms, guides and policies page
June/July 2018

Third round offers 

  • Late applicants (third round applications received after 23 April 2018) will be considered alongside any applicants who were refused in the first round and second round
  • All applications will be considered in line with the schools individual over subscription criterion and any spare place and places that have become available after the 18 April offer day, will be reallocated. 
  • For further information about the process for allocation places please view ‘Determined Co-ordinated Scheme for Primary Schools’  in the forms, guides and policies page
June/July 2018Appeals are heard
31 August 2018

Deadline

  • Any applications received after this date will be considered as in-year transfer applications
September 2018Your child starts primary school
25 July 2019Waiting lists are closed
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St Peter's CE Primary Academy ( Salisbury) is a new school that opens in September 2018.

To apply for a place in reception 2018 entry parents must apply online or complete a paper application form. The application process opens on 1 September 2017.

Parents who wish to apply for places in other year groups at the school should complete an in-year-transfer application form.  The completed form can be submitted to Wiltshire Council from April 2018 and will be considered from 31 May 2018.

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Secondary schools places (2018/2019)


When should I apply for my child to start school?

If your child's birth date is between:Apply for a school place from:Application Deadline:School start in:
1 September 2006 and 31 August 20071 September 201731 October 2017September 2018
1 September 2007 and 31 August 2008
1 September 201831 October 2018September 2019
1 September 2008 and 31 August 2009
1 September 201931 October 2019September 2020

Apply online

You can still apply after the deadline date but it will be considered a late application.

You cannot apply online after 31 October deadline day, instead you will need to complete a paper application form and you can read our guidance notes on how to complete the secondary application form.

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1 September 2017

Please read our parents guide to applying for a secondary school place in Wiltshire before making your application.

  • Some foundation and aided schools with religious admissions criteria will ask you to complete a supplementary application form
  • These forms are available from the schools directly and must be returned to them by the closing date
  • Completing a supplementary form does not mean that you have made an application
  • You must still make an application to Wiltshire Council
31 October 2017

Deadline

  • All paper and online applications must be received by midnight.
  • Applications received after the deadline without exceptional reasons are not considered until all the applications received on time have been allocated
  • You are less likely to secure a place at your preferred school and you will not receive an offer of a place until late April 2018
  • It is important that you apply on time to avoid disappointment.
18 December 2017

Exceptional circumstances deadline

Only in exceptional circumstances such as those listed here will a late application be considered at the same time as applications received by the deadline of 31 October 2017.

  1. where there has been a change of family circumstances after the deadline date which has a significant effect on the preferences given on the original application. (If this is a house move this must have been completed with an exchange of contracts before 18 December 2017)
  2. a move into Wiltshire from outside the county after the deadline date but before 18 December 2017. Confirmation of the new address (in the form of an exchange of contracts or a tenancy agreement) must be provided before 18 December 2017
  3. service personnel moving to a Wiltshire address after the deadline date. A posting notice must be provided before 18 December 2017
  4. where a common application form has not been received by the local authority, but the parent can provide proof of posting.

Such late applications can only be considered if they are received by the local authority on, or before, 18 December 2017.

Documentary evidence should be provided with the application (or at the latest by 18 December 2017) to verify the circumstances which caused the late application to be made. If evidence cannot be provided, the application will not be treated as an exception.

Applications received after the deadline without exceptional reasons are not considered until all the applications received on time have been allocated. You are less likely to secure a place at your preferred school and you will not receive an offer of a place until 30 April 2018.

November 2017 - February 2018

The School Admissions Team

  • will liaise with schools and other authorities to make sure that, where possible, parents get a single offer for the highest preference school able to offer a place
1 March 2018

Offer day

  • Letters are posted to all parents who applied by the 31 October 2017 deadline offering them a place at one school
  • Parents who apply online will be able to log back on to the online system on national offer day to view the outcome of their application
  • You will require your username and password which was created at the time of application.
  • It is important that you keep these details safe as the school admissions team are not able to send duplicate emails to you confirming these details.
  • You will also receive confirmation of the offer by letter.
15 March 2018

Deadline

  • For parents to accept the place they have been offered
  • If you have been refused a place at your preferred school you can appeal and request that your child's name is added to the waiting lists

Further information will be contained in the decision letter that will be posted out to you on national offer day

30 April 2018

Second round offers

  • Late applicants (second round applications received between 1 November 2017 and 09 March 2018) ) will be considered alongside any applicants who were refused in the first round.
  • All applications will be considered in line with the schools individual over subscription criterion and any spare place and places that have become available after the 1 March offer day, will be reallocated.

For further information about the process for allocation places please view ‘Determined Co-ordinated Scheme for Primary Schools’ which can be found by clicking on (forms, guides and policy document).


15 May 2018

Third round offers

  • Late applicants (third round applications received after 09 March 2018) ) will be considered alongside any applicants who were refused in the first and second round.
  • All applications will be considered in line with the schools individual over subscription criterion and any spare place and places that have become available after the 1 March offer day, will be reallocated.

For further information about the process for allocation places please view ‘Determined Co-ordinated Scheme for Primary Schools’ which can be found by clicking on (forms, guides and policy document).

June/July 2018Appeals are heard
31 August 2018

Deadline

  • Any applications received after this date will be considered as in-year transfer applications
September 2018Your child starts secondary school
25 July 2019Waiting lists are closed
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Applications for University Technical College (UTC)


To apply for a place at the South Wiltshire University Technical College please contact the college directly. The deadline date for applications is 31 October 2017. Applications should not be submitted to Wiltshire Council.

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To apply for a place at Swindon UTC please contact the college directly. Applications should not be submitted to Wiltshire Council.

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Other things you need to know...


  • It is the responsibility of the parents/ carers to apply for a school place.
  • You can apply for up to three schools, putting the school you want the most as your first preference. We strongly advise you to use all three preferences.
  • We advise you to enter your catchment area school as one of your preferences.
  • If you live in Wiltshire and want to apply for a school place outside the county, you must still make your application to Wiltshire Council. We will pass on your application details to the relevant council where it will be considered alongside the other applications for that school
  • If you do not live in Wiltshire and want to apply for a Wiltshire school, you must make an application to your own local authority. They will then pass on your application details to us. You will not be able to use the Wiltshire online application system or Wiltshire's paper application form. The only exception to this would be applications from children of UK service personnel
  • We will acknowledge receipt of your application. If you do not receive acknowledgement of your paper application within 15 school days of returning your completed form, please contact Customer Services at Wiltshire Council on 01225 713010
  • All online applicants will receive immediate email confirmation of registration and once the application has been submitted a separate confirmation email will be sent.

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Voluntary aided, foundation schools or academies

If you have been unsuccessful in securing a place at a voluntary aided or foundation school or academy you must contact the school directly as they are responsible for administering their own appeal arrangements.

Some schools may require you to make an appeal within a strict timescale so it is important that you contact them as soon as possible.

These types of school also run their own waiting lists so you must contact the school directly for information on their waiting list policy.

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If we have not been able to offer your child a place at your preferred community or voluntary controlled school their name will automatically be added to the waiting list of this, and any other community or voluntary controlled school, that you put down as a higher preference on your application form.

If you have applied for an in year transfer application and you have been refused a place at your preferred school, then Waiting lists for the 2017/18 school year will close on 21 July 2018. To stay on the waiting list for the following school year you must make a fresh application for a school place in 2018/19.

If you have applied for the main round entry in September 2017 and you are refused a place at your preferred school, then Waiting lists for the 2017/18 school year will close on the last day of term in July 2018.

Foundation and voluntary aided schools and academies look after their own waiting lists. If you have been refused a place at this type of school you should contact them directly.


How do waiting lists work?

Positions on a waiting list must follow the same order as the admission criteria and are not allocated on a 'first come, first served' basis.

If new or late applications have a higher priority under the admission criteria, they will be ranked higher than those who have been on the waiting list for some time. So it's possible that over time a child's position on a waiting list can change.

A waiting list can be lengthened when any future applications for new pupils are refused and the names of these children are added to the list. These names are not added to the end of the list but are inserted according to how well they meet the admission criteria. So, a new application from a child with a higher priority for admission than any of the children already on the list would force all those other children down by one place.

A waiting list can be shortened if any places become free at the preferred school. The free place would be offered to the child at the top of the waiting list at the time in which the place becomes available If the place is accepted, all the other children on the list would go up by one position. If the place is declined, the child in the top position would be removed from the list and the child in the next position would be offered the place.

A child's position on a waiting list can also change if they move house. However, the change in position only takes effect when parents supply the school admissions team with evidence of the house move e.g. a tenancy agreement or solicitor's letter confirming an exchange of contracts.

Parents can ask for their child's name to be removed from a waiting list at any time. Being on a waiting list does not affect the parent's right of appeal.

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In order to begin an online application you should read these conditions. You must accept the conditions in order to apply online. If you do not accept the conditions you will not go through to the online application form; you will be returned to the school admission forms, guides and policy documents page where you can download a common application form.

Wiltshire Council has a duty to protect personal information and will process personal data in accordance with the Data Protection Act 1998 and any amendments to that act.

The Department for Children & Education will use the personal data supplied to process your application for the purpose of admission to a school. Personal data supplied may also be used for the prevention or detection of fraud or crime and in an annonymised form for statistical purposes. The data will be stored on computer and/or manual files.

Wiltshire Council is required by various laws to provide these services and in order for Wiltshire to do this they may share your personal information:

  • Within the local authority
  • With other local authorities
  • With schools

If you do not wish certain details to be shared please indicate this within your application.

If you do not wish to continue your application online please complete a paper application form which can be requested by calling +44 (0)1225 713010 or email customerservices@wiltshire.gov.uk

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Last updated: 29 August 2017 | Last reviewed: 29 August 2017