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Last day to submit your children's Primary School Applications today


Apply for a school place via the Citizen Portal

It is an important decision for many families when considering which schools to name on their application for starting school for the first time and when moving on to secondary school.

Sefton Council has prepared the booklet: Apply for a Primary or Secondary School Place - A Guide for Parents/Carers.


This provides Sefton parents/carers with all the information required in order to apply for school places for your child when they are either starting school for the first time or applying to move up to secondary school. It is very important that you take the time to read this booklet before you submit an application and refer to the checklist for parents/carers. The booklet includes:

  • How applications should be submitted

  • The closing dates and deadlines for applications

  • How the Local Authority processes both primary and secondary applications.

  • What happens if your application is late

  • What to do if you move house during the application time.

  • How and when offers of places for both starting school and moving on to secondary school are made

Once you have read the Guide for Parents you can then refer to the Sefton Primary and Secondary Schools Admissions Information Booklet.

To help decide which schools you would like to apply for you should:

  • Read the Applying for a Primary or Secondary School place -Guide for Parents

  • Refer to the Primary and Secondary Schools – Admissions Information Booklet to find the schools in your area and look at the admissions criteria for the schools you are considering

  • Think about which criterion your application would be considered under and review the numbers of successful applications in each criterion for previous years. This should help inform your choices and chances of a successful application.

  • Arrange to visit schools

  • Look at other sources of information such as school prospectus, Ofsted reports

  • Complete the supplementary information forms (which you should request from the school) if you want to be considered under the faith criterion for admission to a faith school you name on your application. You will see if this is required for your preferred schools from the schools Information Booklet.

  • Look at whether you child would qualify for home to school transport for the schools you are considering - Section B of the Guide for Parents/Carers

  • Submit your application online

by the closing dates of 31 October 2017 for Secondary Schools and 15 January 2018 for Primary Schools.

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