Key dates in the admissions process

Please select the type of school your child will be attending to get to the relevant timetable.

Infant, junior and primary school applications

For children born between 1 September 2013 and 31 August 2014 (or between 1 September 2010 and 31 August 2011 in the case of junior schools).

September 2017 - application process begins

Application process for starting in Reception or Year 3 in a junior School* begins.  Opportunity for parents / carers to visit individual schools. Prospectuses available from schools.

15 January 2018 - closing date for applications

Closing date for completed online applications or paper forms to be received by the school admissions team. We strongly recommend that you do not delay your application to the last minute in case of technical problems.

  • If you choose to apply on a paper form it is your responsibility to ensure that the form arrives at its destination on time.

9 March 2018 - Late with good reason deadline

Applications received late with good reason up to this date will be considered as on time.

  • You must provide independent supporting evidence of the good reason or your application will be treated as late.

February / March / April 2018 - making decisions

Applications analysed.

16 April 2018 - 'National Offer Day'

Parents that applied online will be notified by email of the outcome of their application.
If you completed a paper application form, letters will be sent by 1st class post to parents notifying them of the outcome of their application. No decisions will be issued by telephone.

April 2018 - Waiting Lists

Waiting Lists established.

1 May 2017 - closing date to accept or refuse

Closing date for parents / carers to either accept or refuse the school place offered. If the parent / carer does not reply, the offer may be withdrawn.

June 2018 onwards - appeals

Independent Appeal Panels meet to consider appeals from parents/carers who are unhappy with their school allocation.

September 2018 - start school

Children start school full or part time. If you wish, you can defer admission (see 'When should my child start school?')

Secondary school applications

 For children born between 1 September 2006 and 31 August 2007.

September 2017 - application process begins

Application process for transfer to Year 7 begins.  Opportunity for parents / carers to visit individual schools. Prospectuses are available from schools.

31 October 2017 - closing date for applications

Closing date for completed online applications or paper forms to be received by the school admissions team or your child's current school.  We strongly recommend that you do not delay your application to the last minute in case of technical problems.

  • If you choose to apply on a paper form it is your responsibility to ensure that the form arrives at its destination on time.

22 January 2018 - late with a good reason deadline

Applications received late with good reason up to this date, which we agree are late with good reason, will be considered as on time.

  • You must provide independent supporting evidence of the good reason or your application will be treated as late.

January / February 2018 - making decisions

Preference forms analysed.

1 March 2018 - 'National Offer Day'

Parents that applied online will be notified by email during the afternoon of the outcome of their application.
If you completed a paper application form, letters will be sent by 1st class post to parents to notify them of the outcome of their application.

No decisions will be issued by telephone.

16 March 2018 - parents / carers must confirm place offered

Closing date for parents / carers to either accept or refuse the school place offered. If the parent / carer does not reply, the offer may be withdrawn.

April onwards - appeals

Independent Appeals Panels meet to consider appeals from parents / carers who are unhappy with their school allocation.

April onwards - reallocation

Places offered from the Reallocation Pools as they become available.

September 2018 - start of school

Children start their new schools.

Contact us

Regardless of how you applied, you can email schooladmissions@brighton-hove.gov.uk to accept a place, refuse a place or request to be on a waiting list or in a reallocation pool and for any other queries.

  • Applications received at any time will only be processed when all supporting documents have been received