Changing Schools or New to the City
If you have moved address, just arrived in Nottingham, or if you want your child to change schools, you can use this page to apply online. However, some schools require you to make an application directly to the school and not to Nottingham City Council. Details of which schools you must apply directly to is detailed below
- We aim to process applications within 15 school days of an application being received. Please do not contact us for a decision on your application until 15 school days have passed.
- If you wish to apply to a school not located within Nottingham City you must contact the relevant Local Authority directly to ask for an application form.
Apply for a new school place
Completing this service should take around 10 minutes.Apply for a new school place here
A paper application form is also available from the School Admissions Team.
What Happens Next?
School Admissions Team
We will operate weekly admission rounds, with a cut-off point of 12 noon on Fridays.
Any application received after 12 noon will be included in the following week’s
If you are requesting a place at a Nottingham City community school, Nottingham City Council will make a decision on your application.
If you are requesting a place at an academy, details of your application will be made available to the relevant admission authority for them to make a decision.
Parents/carers should receive a decision on their application within 15 school days of their completed application being received. Decisions on community school applications will be sent by Nottingham City Council but decisions for academies will be sent by the school concerned.
Pupils arriving from overseas
In most cases, children arriving from overseas have the right to attend schools in England. It is the responsibility of parents to check that their children have a right, under their visa entry conditions, to study at a school. Overseas nationals entering the UK who wish to apply for a state-funded school to check that they have a right of abode or the conditions of their visas otherwise permit them to access a state-funded school.
Until 31 December 2020, all European Economic Area (‘EEA’) and Swiss national children will continue to have the right, under UK immigration law, to enter the country to access a school. Any EEA or Swiss national arriving in the UK by 31 December 2020 is eligible to apply to the EU Settlement Scheme, and continue to be able to study in schools in England as they do now if their application is successful.
To comply with their visa terms, foreign national children and young people (including EEA nationals entering the UK after 31 December 2020) who are entering on a Tier 4 child or Tier 4 student visa must, when accessing education in England, study at the independent school, sixth form college or further education college which is sponsoring them. Applications for children living outside the UK will only be considered once the date of arrival and an address in the UK has been confirmed.
Supplementary Forms for Nottingham City Church Schools
Some schools have a supplementary forms that should be completed as well as the common application form. These forms can be submitted by clicking on the green button below.
For the schools listed below, different arrangements may apply and parents are advised to speak directly to the school/academy concerned.
- Bluecoat Aspley Academy
- Bluecoat Wollaton Academy
- Bluecoat Beechdale Academy
- Bluecoat Trent Academy
- Ellis Guilford
- Farnborough Academy
- Fernwood School
- Firbeck Primary Academy
- Djanogly City Academy
- Nottingham Academy
- Nottingham Emmanuel School
- Nottingham Free School
- Nottingham University Academy of Science and Technology
- Oakwood Academy
- Trinity Catholic School
For any school listed above, you must contact the school or academy directly to make an application.
Please note that if you wish to apply for a nursery or post-16 school place you should apply directly to the school concerned. For advice on nursery provision, you can contact the Families Information Service and for advice on the post-16 provision, you can contact Nottingham and Nottinghamshire Futures.
Your child must continue to attend their present school until they are admitted to another school (unless they can no longer get there due to a change of area). If they do not, a referral may be made to the Education Welfare Service.
Finding a School
If you have moved to a new area you can find out more about catchment school and other local schools on our interactive map.