Deadline looms for primary school applications

Deadline looms for primary school applications

Published by Henrietta Creasey at 11:20am 10th January 2020. (Updated at 11:21am 10th January 2020)

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Top tips for Wiltshire families with little ones due to start school this September

Wiltshire Council is reminding parents to apply with their school preferences before the 15 January deadline.

The window for primary school applications has been open since September 2019 and you can submit your choices online at

If you use the online form and do so before the deadline then you'll be able to log back into the online system on the 16th April to find which school your child has been offered.

If you made an application using the paper form then you'll be sent a letter confirming the outcome, but information will not be available on national offer date.

Cllr Pauline Church, Cabinet Member for Children, Education and Skills, said: 

"I'm sure many people have already submitted their preferences but I'd like to remind those who are still considering to make sure they apply by 15 January.

"We have information on our website on how to follow the simple process. I'd urge families to make their preferences online where possible and ensure it's in before the deadline day."

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Follow these steps to make the process as swift and easy as possible:

  • Apply online. You will receive immediate email confirmation that your application has been received and on National Offer Day you can log back in to the system to view the outcome of your application.  Please ensure you keep your username and password in a safe place to enable you to do this. 
  • The person completing the application must have parental responsibility for the child
  • You can apply for up to three schools. Put these in your order of preference.  Naming additional preferences will not reduce your chances of securing a place for your child at your first preference school. Repeating your first preference school in the second and third preference boxes on the application does not improve your child's chance of securing a place at your preferred school. This will only result in wasting your preferences as a school can only be considered once on each application 
  • 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 pass on your application to the relevant council where it will be considered alongside the other applications for that school.
  • Visit the Wiltshire Council website to find out the designated school for your home address
  • Although we are not able to guarantee an offer of a school place even if you live in the schools designated area, we recommend you name your designated school as one of your preferences. 
  • 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. The only exception to this is applications from children of UK Service Personnel.
  • If you apply after the deadlines you are less likely to secure a place at one of your preferred schools. 

For more information visit our school admissions pages by going to


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