Applying for a school place

The application deadline has now passed for:

  • children starting school or moving to a junior or middle school in September 2018
  • secondary, upper and year 10 transfers

Any application submitted now for September 2018 will be considered as a late application.

Before you apply

You can apply for up to three schools.

Use our map to find schools in your area.

Find out what Ofsted have said about the schools you are interested in.

Most schools will be happy to show you around before you apply. Find contact details for North Somerset schools.

Find out if you’re likely to get a place at your preferred school by checking our list of schools that have been oversubscribed in the last five years.

Read our parent guides which explain the application process in more detail, including how to use our admissions system.

Late applications

If you miss the deadline for applying for a school place, you can still apply, but your application will be processed later in the year and you will be much less likely to get a place at your preferred school. You cannot apply online – you will need to send us a paper application instead.

If you live outside of North Somerset, but would like to apply for schools in the area, you must apply through your home council.

How to apply

The quickest and easiest way to apply for a school place is online.

You will need to set up an account on the Citizens Portal, our online admissions system. It will take you about 20 minutes to apply and you can make changes to your application right up until the deadline.

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Alternatively, you can send us a paper application form.

What happens next?

If you have applied online, you will be able to view your allocated school place on the Citizens Portal from midnight on the national offer day. We will also email you on the same day.

If you applied by post, we will post you a letter on the national offer day. This will be sent second class so may take a few days to get to you.

The national offer day for reception and junior places is Monday 16 April. For secondary and year 10 places it is on Thursday 1 March.

If you are happy with your allocated school place, you will need to accept it. If you applied online you can accept it through the Citizens Portal. If you applied by post you can accept it by filling in the response form, that will be included in your outcome letter, and posting it back to us.

If you do not get the school place you want, you can still accept the place that has been offered and be put on a waiting list for your preferred school or you can appeal. You can also withdraw your application and make a new one with new school preferences. You will find more information in your decision email or letter.

You can appeal your school place by following our appeal procedure.