Primary school applications now open (2021)
Applications for children due to start primary or infant school in September 2021 have now opened and will stay open until 15 January 2021.
Children born between 1 September 2016 and 31 August 2017 will be eligible to start primary or infant school next September.
Parents of children currently in Year 2 at infant school are now able to apply for a place at junior school for September 2021.
The quickest and easiest way to apply is online. You will receive an automatic email acknowledging that the application has been received. Free use of computers with internet access is available in all West Sussex libraries, although due to Covid-19 restrictions advanced booking is necessary. Those unable to apply online can request a form through the post by calling 033 301 42903.
Parents/carers are strongly advised to submit applications before the 15 January deadline. Those who miss the deadline must still submit an application form, as a child will not automatically be allocated a school.
Parents/carers are advised:
• To read all the advice on the West Sussex County Council school admissions webpages.
• To apply for up to three schools, listing them in order of preference.
• That a child is not guaranteed a place at a school just because they are in the catchment area. Parents and carers will need to select the catchment school as part of their application for it to be considered.
• To view a school’s website for information about the school and its visiting policy, which may be virtual due to continued Covid-19 restrictions
Nigel Jupp, Cabinet Member for Education and Skills, said: “A child starting school or moving from an infant to a junior school is an exciting time, but I cannot stress enough the importance of making sure applications are received on time. This will give a far greater chance of a preferential offer.”
The closing date for all primary, infant and junior school applications is 11.59pm on Friday, 15 January 2021.
Secondary school applications are currently open for September 2021 and close on Saturday 31 October 2020.
West Sussex County Council staff are available to help parents and carers through the admissions process. Telephone 033 301 42903 or email the admissions team north or email the admissions team south.