We can help you apply for your
child's school place for the year 2013-14 at infant,
first, primary, junior and secondary schools both within and
outside North Somerset.
If you live in North Somerset you should always
apply directly to North Somerset Council, even if the school you
wish your child to attend is in another area or is an own
admission authority school, such as some church
You only need to complete one application form for all of your
preferences and we will pass your application to the appropriate
Likewise, if you live in a neighbouring council area and
wish to apply for a place in a North Somerset school
you should apply to your home local council who will
pass your application on to us.
Making an application
You can apply for a place online through our
North Somerset Online Admissions Service website or by
completing the relevant application form which you
can return by email, post, fax or in person to our
Admissions and Transport Team.
Paper application forms are in the relevant guides
mentioned on this page. We can send out the guides mentioned on
this page for parents who prefer to make a paper
Late applicants will not normally be considered until the
first round of allocations has been completed.
Starting primary school
Children in North Somerset can begin school in the September
following their fourth birthday.
If you wish your child to attend a reception class at a primary,
infant or first school during the 2013-14 school year you
should apply now.
The following table tells you when your child can begin
|Child's date of birth
||Child can start school in|
|1 September 2007 - 31 August 2008
||2012-13 School Year|
|1 September 2008 - 31 August 2009
||2013-14 School Year|
|1 September 2009 - 31 August 2010
||2014-15 School Year|
You should read
our Starting School North Somerset 2013-14
which includes an application form.
Transferring to junior school
children in North Somerset's infant or
first schools may apply for a place in a junior
school for September 2013. You should read
our Time to apply for a place at Junior School
2013-14 (pdf) guide which includes an application
Transferring to secondary school
Parents or carers of year six children resident in North
Somerset may apply for secondary school places for
You should read
our Transfer to Secondary School - A Guide for
Parents North Somerset 2013-14 (pdf) guide which
includes an application form.
We do not operate a feeder school system in North
The primary or junior school that your child attends has no bearing
on your allocation of a secondary school place.
If you are refused a place
Unfortunately, not all schools are able to accept all children who
would like to attend – usually because there is simply not
enough room for all of them.
Admissions and Transport Team use oversubscription
criteria to decide which children are accepted in these
If you are unsuccessful in getting a place at your preferred
school, we will write to explain what happens next.
If your child is not due to start or transfer school but you
would like to change their school please see our
Admissions and Transport Team if require