Applying for a school place

If you live in North Somerset, use the information on this page to apply for a school place for September 2019.

Applications for children starting school or moving to a junior or middle school will open on Wednesday 12 September and will close at 11.59pm on Tuesday 15 January.

Applications for children moving to a secondary or upper school and for year 10 transfers will open on Wednesday 12 September and will close at 11.59pm on Wednesday 31 October.

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

Before you apply

You can apply for up to three schools.

Use our maps to find schools in your area.

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

Most schools will have open days and evenings before the application closing dates. Find contact details for North Somerset schools.

Find out which schools have been oversubscribed over the last few years and see how those schools allocated their places.

Our parent guides explain the application process in more detail. You should read the relevant guide before you apply.

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 up to 20 minutes to apply and you can make changes to your application right up until the deadline. You’ll receive a confirmation email once you have submitted your application.

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Alternatively, you can send us a paper application form.

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 and would like to apply for schools in the area, you must apply through your home council.

What happens next?

If you have applied online, you will be able to view your allocated school place on the Citizens Portal 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 Tuesday 16 April. For secondary and year 10 places it is on Friday 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 be put on a waiting list for your preferred school and you can appeal. You can also withdraw your application and make a new one with new school preferences. You will find more information in the statement of options document that will be available once you receive your offer.

You can appeal the refused school place by following our appeal procedure.