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National Offer Day for primary and junior schools is Thursday 16 April 2020

Coronavirus (COVID-19) update:

As the office is now closed, all new applications must be emailed to the school admissions team at admissions@wiltshire.gov.uk

If you are unable to scan your application, please take a photograph of each page and attach the images to your email. You do not need to complete section 4 of the application form.

If you are a critical or key worker please state this in your email and attach proof of your position. View guidance on the GOV.UK website to determine if you are classed as a critical or key worker.

As all schools are now closed, the 20 days timescale for processing will not apply. Applications will be processed as soon as possible.

Should you have any further admissions queries, please email us using the above email address, or contact us on 01225 713010.

If you have submitted an online application for a primary or junior school place before the national deadline of 15 January 2020, you will be able to view the outcome of your application online from Thursday 16 April after 7.30am.

Please note, decision(s) will not be available before then. You will need your username and password so you can view the outcome of your application.

If you have forgotten your username or password, you will be able to reset it by clicking on the relevant link. Both links can be found on the home screen of the online application system.  Once your new password has been issued, please do not copy and paste this into the relevant section of the online system as it will not be accepted.  It must be entered manually.

This year unfortunately, due to COVID-19 we will not be issuing letters to online applicants confirming the outcome of their school place.  If you are accepting the place that you have been offered online, please also read our term of acceptance which can be found on this webpage.

If you are declining the school place that you have been allocated using the online system, please confirm why the place is no longer required.  We would encourage all parents to accept the offer of a school place, even if this is not at your preferred school, pending the outcome of any appeal or any late application that you have submitted.  If you decline the offer that has been made, your child will be without a school place and another place will not automatically be allocated to you.  

If you have submitted an online application, you must accept or decline the offer of a school place by Thursday 30 April 2020 using the online system. The online system will close at midnight on Thursday 30 April 2020. 

We will pass your acceptance information on to the schools once the deadline has passed.  The schools will then contact you in the future with details regarding admission.  Please note that we cannot provide a timescale for when you will be contacted.

If you are unable to access your online account and you have used the reset user name and password option then please contact our Customer Services Team on 01225 713010.

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If you have submitted a paper application for a primary school or junior school place before the national deadline of 15 January 2020, the outcome of your application will be communicated to you by phone.

Providing you have given us an email address on your application, we will send you an email on 15 April 2020 informing you of who to contact on the 16 April 2020 after 9am, to find out the outcome of your application.

This year unfortunately, due to COVID-19 we will not be issuing letters confirming the outcome of your school place. 

If you have not provided us with an email address then please call please contact our Customer Services Team on 01225 713010.

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Please take the time to read this guidance, which contains some important and useful information about what happens when you accept or decline the offer of a primary school place.

There is no right of admission to any school. This means that:

  • a child’s admission to a school does not provide any guarantee that any other children you may have will be admitted to the same school either now or in the future;
  • there is no right of admission to the school (or schools) that serve the area in which you live;
  • when offered a place at a school, any previous offer will be withdrawn; and
  • unless you are entitled to the provision of free school transport (please see below), you are prepared to be responsible for the daily cost and arrangement of your child’s travel to and from school until they are due to leave the school.

Transport to and from school

Free transport is normally provided to pupils who attend their designated area school (for the purposes of determining transport entitlement) who live more than two miles from the school or a shorter distance where the route is unsafe. There are other circumstances in which free transport may be provided.

For more advice about school transport please e-mail educationtransport@wiltshire.gov.uk

You will need to include your house number, name and postcode, the school your child will be attending from September 2020 and any additional information that you feel may be relevant. Transport application forms are not available until the end of April.

If you wish to obtain a transport application form, or to speak to an entitlement officer, please contact our Customer Services Team on 0300 456 0100.

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On your application you were able to name up to three preferences. Wherever possible we have offered a place at the highest ranked school named on your form. If any of your preferences have been refused it will be because the school is oversubscribed, and your child did not have a high enough priority for a place. If it has not been possible to offer a place at any of the schools named on your form, a place will have been offered at the nearest school to your home address with available places.

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Only one offer of a school place for each child can be held at any one time. This means that if you submit a new application for your child, your new preferences will automatically supersede any preferences named on your earlier application. If any of your new preferences are agreed, the place previously offered will automatically be withdrawn.

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All parents who have been refused a place at their preferred school have the statutory right to an independent appeal.  

It is important to note that the position of a child on the waiting list is determined by their priority for admission for the school. (By law waiting lists cannot be held on a first-come first-served basis.) This means that a child’s position on the waiting list can change. A child’s position can go down if, for example, a later application for another child with a higher priority for admission is refused. 

If you have been refused a place at your preferred voluntary controlled and community school then your child’s name will automatically be added to the waiting list for these schools. If you would like to confirm where your child is on the waiting list for a voluntary controlled or community school then please call 01225 713010 after 18 May 2020.  Information will not be available before this time. If you wish to appeal for a place at a voluntary controlled and community school you should submit this directly to the Wiltshire Council.

If you have been refused a place at your preferred at a voluntary aided, foundation or an academy then you must contact the school directly to add your child’s name to the waiting list or to appeal against the decision not to be offered a school place. 

Due to COVID-19 the current appeal process and timescales may change.  As soon as information is available from Central Government then we will update this section of our website.

Find out more about appeals.

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Last updated: 15 April 2020 | Last reviewed: 15 April 2020