Applying for schools
If your child lives in Nottingham city and is due to start reception year in September 2018*, or they are currently in year 2 at an infant school and will be transferring to junior school** in September 2018 you will need to apply for a school place.
*Children who reach age 4 between 01 September 2014 and 31 August 2015 will start school in September 2019.
**Children who reach age 7 between 01 September 2011 and 31 August 2012 and are in year 2 at infant school will transfer to junior school in September 2019. Children in year 2 at primary will stay at that school until they are 11 and this information does not apply.
You still need to apply for a school place, even if:
- you already approached a school about a school place
- you have put your child’s name down at a school, or
- your child goes to a nursery with a linked infant or primary school
For children due to transfer from infant to junior school if your child lives in Nottingham City but attends a Nottinghamshire County infant school, they should have received an application information pack via Royal Mail.
If you have not received an application pack by 23 November 2018 or if your child is in a private or independent school, please contact us by email email@example.com or by telephone 0115 841 5568 to request an application information pack.
How do I apply?
The closing date for applications is Tuesday, 15 January. If you apply after the deadline this may reduce your chances of getting a place at your preferred school, particularly if it is popular.
You can complete an online application using Nottingham City Council’s online form. Details on the application process can be found in the summary guide below:
- Fill in your application and name up to six infant or primary schools or up to three junior schools. This can include schools outside Nottingham City
- List the schools in order of preference, with your most preferred school listed first
- Do not name the same school more than once
- We strongly recommend that one of the schools on your application should be where you are sure that your child will meet one of the higher criteria for admissions. The admissions criteria for Nottingham City Primary schools and academies can be found in the Going to School in Nottingham 2019.20 Appendix 2 below
- If you are applying for a place at a Nottingham City church school or academy, you will also need to fill out a supplementary form by the closing date of 15 January 2019. For schools outside Nottingham City, check if you need to fill in a supplementary form
- Ensure you submit your application by the closing date of 15 January 2019
Going to School in Nottingham
Make sure you read our Going to School in Nottingham booklet to gather as much information as possible about the application process. Appendix 2 gives the admission criteria for all primary schools and academies in Nottingham City.
Things to consider when applying
- Most schools in Nottingham city have an area criteria and children living in the catchment area are given a higher priority when places are offered. Details of the catchment area school for your home address can be found by clicking here
- Find out about the schools you are interested in. You might find it useful to contact the school to arrange a visit and speak to the staff
- The popularity of a school may affect the chances of your child getting a place. The Going to School in Nottingham 2019/20 booklet for parents and carers includes the number of places available at each school and a breakdown of the categories of children offered places last year
- Consider how your child will get to school as you are responsible for getting them there. Information on school transport is available on pages 18 and 19 of the Going to School in Nottingham booklet
- More information is included in the Going to School in Nottingham booklet for parents and carers
- If you want to read a school or academy Ofsted report, you can do so at www.ofsted.gov.uk
Proof of residence
- Fernwood, Haydn and Middleton Primary Schools: If you live in the catchment area and you are applying for a place there, you will need to provide proof of residence as detailed in Going to School in Nottingham. Proof of residence is required even if your child already has a sibling attending the school. This documentation should then be sent directly to the
School Admissions Team,
LH Box 14,
- Or emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org clearly marked with your child’s name and date of birth. You should send the documentation by no later than 15 January 2019. If you do not provide satisfactory proof of residence we will be unable to consider your application as being from within the catchment area and it may reduce your child’s chance of getting a place at their catchment school
- Southwark Primary School: If you live in the catchment area for Southwark Primary School and you are applying for a place there, you will need to provide proof of residence. This documentation should then be sent directly to
Southwark Primary School,
- Clearly marked with your child’s name and date of birth. Do not send the proof of residence documentation to the School Admissions Team
- Please note that if you apply for other community primary schools which have a history of being full (oversubscribed) and you live in the catchment area of that school, you may be required to provide proof of residence. If this is necessary, we will let you know once you have submitted your application
If we have reason to believe that an application has been made using intentionally misleading or fraudulent information we will investigate. The investigation may include checking the electoral register. If you are not on the electoral register then you can register online at https://www.gov.uk/register-to-vote
How to apply if you don't live in Nottingham City
If you wish to apply for a city school but you do not live in Nottingham city, you must contact your own local authority to obtain their common application form or apply online via your own local authority's website.
What happens next?
If you apply online by the closing date (15 January 2019), you will receive an email about the decision on your application on Tuesday 16 April 2019. If you apply using a paper application form you will be notified by letter posted second class on Tuesday 16 April 2019.
Please note: Late applications won't be considered in the first round and your child may not be offered a place at your preferred school.
If there are more applications for a school than places available, places are offered according to the school's oversubscription criteria given the Going to School in Nottingham 2019/20 Appendix 2 admission criteria for primary schools and academies in Nottingham City document.
Where we cannot offer a place for your child at any of your chosen schools you will need to apply for up to three more different schools. We will advise you which schools have spaces where you will have the best chance of securing a place ready for September.
Requests for admission outside the normal age group
Some parents or carers may choose to defer the start of full time education for their child until compulsory school age. If parents or carers wish to take up this option, they may arrange the details with the head teacher of the school. However, if their child’s birthday falls between 1 April and 31 August, deferring admission until compulsory school age would result in the child being admitted into a different school year.
In this case, the child could not be allocated a reception place at the school during the 2019/20 year and the parent would have to apply for a place during the 2020 summer term for admission into year 1 in September 2020.
The Local Authority strongly recommends that parents or carers do not defer the start of their child’s full-time education as children’s learning chances are likely to be better if they start school with their peers at the beginning of the 2019/20 school year. Parents or carers can request that their child takes up a school place part-time until their child reaches compulsory school age.
Parents or carers may request admission for their child outside their normal age group. In general, it is considered that children should be educated in their normal age group, with the curriculum differentiated as appropriate, and they should only be educated out of their normal age group in very limited circumstances. The following requests must be referred to the School Admissions Team at Children and Adults for consideration and advice.
For children who are chronologically due to start Reception or Foundation 2, regardless of which school they are applying for:
- parents are required to make an application for their child’s normal age group at the usual time (by 15 January) but should also submit a request for admission out of the normal age group at the same time;
- the relevant admission authority will make a decision on which age group the child should be admitted to
- if the request is agreed by all admission authorities, the application for the normal age group may be withdrawn before a place is offered.Parents will then need to make a new application for reception or Foundation 2 as part of the main admissions round for the following year. The application will then be considered alongside other applications received;
- if the request to be admitted out of age group is refused, the parent must decide whether or not accept the offer of a place for the normal age group, or to refuse it
All requests should be forwarded or referred to the School Admissions Team at Children and Adults. Such requests will need to made in writing and can be from the parent/carer of a child and or the Head Teacher of the child’s present school. The admission authority will make a decision on the basis of the circumstances of the case and in the best interests of the child concerned.
A copy of the Council’s accelerated or delayed school admissions policy can be found here.
What happens if I am not offered the school I want?
Your child will automatically go on a waiting list for any Nottingham school or academy you listed as a higher preference than the one you were offered. You may write to us to request your child is placed on the waiting list for a Nottingham school or academy you ranked lower than the one you were offered. Check the admission arrangements of other schools for their waiting lists.
You can appeal against the decision. Information on how to appeal will be included in your decision letter or email.
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