Important dates in 2020 and 2021

Date What happens
1 September 2020 School application process starts. It's time to find out about schools in your area and apply for a school place
31 October 2020 The deadline to apply for a school place is 11:59pm.
22 January 2021 The deadline to apply late for a school place with a good reason.
February 2021 Applications are looked at and school places are decided.
1 March 2021 National Offer Day.

If you applied online or gave an email address, you'll get an email from school admissions to let you know the outcome of the application.

If you applied by post and don't have an email address, a letter will be sent to you by first class post.
16 March 2021 The deadline to accept or refuse the school place offered.

If you don't reply the offer could be removed.
30 March 2021 Deadline to make an appeal if your child wasn't offered a place at one of the schools you listed as the first, second or third preference.
April to August 2021 Appeals are discussed and decided at meetings called appeal hearings.

Children in the reallocation pool are offered school places as they become available.
September 2021 Children start school.


Download our school application guides for more information.