School admission closing dates and late applications

The closing dates for normal points of entry are:

  • Reception/foundation entry in a primary or infant school in September 2018: 15 January 2018
  • Year 3 entry in a junior school in September 2018: 15 January 2018
  • Year 7 entry in a secondary school in September 2018: 31 October 2017
  • Year 9 or Year 10 transfer from a secondary school to a key stage 4 school in September 2018: 31 October 2017

Please ensure that you've completed the online application form for your local authority and returned any supplementary paper forms (where applicable) by the closing date.

Late applications and late changes of preference

Once the closing date has passed, you won't be able to use our online application form so you'll need to submit a paper form instead. Please use the common application form on the primary or infant reception/foundation, junior, secondary and key stage 4 pages.

 

Forms received after 15 January 2018 but before 26 February 2018

Preference forms after 15 January 2018 but before 26 February 2018 will be considered as late applications unless there's a valid reason for the application being late such as a change of address. If accepted, they'll be considered in the first allocation round on 16 April 2018. If there's no valid reason for a late application, the application will be considered in the second allocation round.

Forms received on or after 26 February 2018

Forms received on or after 26 February 2018 are treated as late applications.

The allocation process starts on 26 February 2018 which means that an application received on or after this date will, in all probability be considered in the second allocation round as it will be too late to include the application in the first round.

Many schools will be filled in the first allocation round. If the school has already been filled, your child will be added to the waiting list for that school. If the school isn't filled, your child will be allocated a place in the second allocation round.

Forms received after 31 October 2017 but before 1 February 2018

Forms received after 31 October 2017 but before 1 February 2018 will be considered as late applications unless there's a valid reason for being late such as a change of address. If accepted, they'll be considered in the first allocation round on 1 March 2018. If there's no valid reason for a late application, the application will be considered in the second allocation round.

Forms received on or after 1 February 2018

Forms received on or after 1 February 2018 are treated as late applications.

The allocation process starts on 1 February 2018 which means that an application received on or after this date will, in all probability be considered in the second allocation round as it will be too late to include the application in the first round.

Many schools will be filled in the first allocation round. If the school has already been filled, your child will be added to the waiting list for that school. If the school isn'ot filled, your child will be allocated a place in the second allocation round.

Grammar schools select pupils by proven ability in the 11-plus examination. There's a separate registration for the 11-plus which closes on 1 September 2017.

Results of the 11-plus examination will be sent out on 11 October 2017. Only candidates who have registered and sat the 11-plus examination at the required time and who have submitted an application for a school place by 31 October 2017 will be included in the first allocation round notified on 1 March 2018.

It's anticipated that all grammar school places will be filled in the first allocation round. Generally, candidates who either apply late or who take the 11-plus examination later won't be included in the initial allocation round.

Closing dates in-year school transfers

Because you can make an in-year application at any time, the closing date for in-year school transfers is at midnight of each working day. If you change your preference after submission, you must tell in us writing, email inyear.admissions@plymouth.gov.uk.