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Applying for a primary school place in 2014/15

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If your child was born between 1 September 2009 and 31 August 2010, they are due to start school in September 2014. The deadline for applying for a school place was 12pm (midday) on 15 January 2014.

You can still apply after this date but it will be considered a late application. The timetable below provides details of how this will affect your application.

There is NO automatic entry from a nursery into a school, and there is NO automatic offer of a sibling place (a place for a brother or sister). Parents of children transferring from an infant to junior school must also apply for a school place.

You can apply for a primary school place using a PDFpaper application form paper application form 98kb

New primary academies opening in Trowbridge and Tidworth in September 2014

If you want to apply for any of the new schools opening in September 2014, please select the following as one of your preferences:

  • Trowbridge: Castle Mead Primary School (Due to open in East Trowbridge from September 2014)
  • Tidworth: new school for NEQ Tidworth (Due to open in September 2014)


Date Action
1 September 2013

  • Some foundation and aided schools with religious admissions criteria will ask you to complete a supplementary application form. These forms are available from the schools directly and must be returned to them by the closing date. Completing a supplementary form does not mean that you have made an application. You must still make an application to Wiltshire Council.
15 January 2014
  • Deadline - All paper and online applications must be received by 12pm (midday). If you apply after this time your application will not be considered until all those received before the deadline have been processed. This means that the outcome of your application may not be decided until the end of June 2014.
January - April 2014
  • The school admissions team will liaise with schools and other authorities to make sure that, where possible, parents get a single offer for the highest preference school able to offer a place.
16 April 2014
  • Offer day - Letters are posted first class to all parents who applied by the 15 January 2014 deadline offering them a place at one school. Online applicants will not receive an email notification of their offer. They will also be informed by letter.
30 April 2014
  • Deadline for parents to accept the place they have been offered. If parents don't respond by this date, we will assume that you do not want the place and it will be offered to another applicant.
  • If you have been refused a place at your preferred school you can appeal.
  • Waiting lists are set up.
From 13 June 2014
  • We offer spare places and any places which have become available since the 16 April offer day.
June/July 2014
  • Appeals are heard.
31 August 2014
  • Deadline for receiving any late applications and putting names on waiting lists. Any applications received after this date will be considered as in-year transfer applications.
September 2014
  • Your child starts primary school.
22 July 2015

Key points

  • It is the responsiblity of the parents/ carers to apply for a school place.
  • You can apply for up to three schools, putting the school you want the most as your first preference. We strongly advise you to use all three preferences.
  • We advise you to enter your catchment area school as one of your preferences so that there is more chance of your child being offered a place at one of your chosen schools.
  • Some primary schools in Wiltshire operate as a single school but have two geographical bases. These are known as split site schools. For admission purposes, these sites are treated as separate schools so on your application you should name the site which you are applying for.
  • If you live in Wiltshire and want to apply for a school place outside the county, you must still make your application to Wiltshire Council. We will pass on your application details to the relevant council where it will be considered alongside the other applications for that school.
  • If you do not live in Wiltshire and want to apply for a Wiltshire school, you must make an application to your own local authority. They will then pass on your application details to us. You will not be able to use the Wiltshire online application system or Wiltshire's common paper application form. The only exception to this would be applications from children of UK service personnel.
  • We will acknowledge receipt of your application. If you do not receive acknowledgement within 15 school days of returning your completed application, please contact customer services at Wiltshire Council on 01225 713010.

Contact Details (LiveLink)

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eMail: admissions@wiltshire.gov.uk
Telephone: 01225 713010
Out of hours:
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School Admissions
Wiltshire Council
County Hall
BA14 8JN

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Last updated: 26 August 2014



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