School admission closing dates and late applications for 2022 entry

The closing dates for normal points of entry are:

  • Reception/foundation entry in a primary or infant school in September 2022: Saturday 15 January 2022
  • Year 3 entry in a junior school in September 2022: Saturday 15 January 2022
  • Year 7 entry in a secondary school in September 2022: Sunday 31 October 2021
  • Year 9 transfer from a secondary school to a key stage 4 school in September 2022: Sunday 31 October 2021

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 the online portal so you'll need to submit a Firm Step form instead available on the individual web pages.

 

Forms received after 15 January 2022 but before 27 February 2022

Preference forms after Saturday 15 January 2022 but before Sunday 27 February 2022 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 Tuesday 19 April 2022. 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 27 February 2022

Forms received on or after Sunday 27 February 2022 are treated as late applications.

The allocation process starts on Monday 28 February 2021 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 2021 but before 29 January 2022

Forms received after Sunday 31 October 2021 but before Friday 29 January 2022 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 Tuesday 1 March 2022. 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 29 January 2022

Forms received on or after Friday 29 January 2022 are treated as late applications.

The allocation process starts on Monday 31 January 2022 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 Tuesday 31 August 2021.

Results of the 11-plus examination will be sent out on Friday 15 October 2021 for both boys and for girls. 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 Sunday 31 October 2021 will be included in the first allocation round notified on Tuesday 1 March 2022.

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.