School Admissions

This page provides the main information for parents/carers about the processes for applying for a place at a school in Sefton.

Applications for 2020 entry into Primary (Reception Year) & Secondary Schools (Year 7) open on 1st September 2019 via the online Citizen Portal.

It is not possible to apply any earlier than 1st September 2019.

The School Admissions Information Guides will also be updated with effect from the 1st September 2019 to assist you in making your school choices and application.

For Admissions into any other year groups please refer to the In Year Admissions & School Transfers page.

A Guide For Parents & Carers - Applying for a School Place (2019/20) (pdf 858KB)
Sefton Primary and Secondary Schools - Admissions Information Booklet (pdf 7.96MB)

School Admission Arrangements can be found on the Policy and Reports page.

If you have read the above information and are ready to apply for your place you can apply online via the Citizen Portal.

In year School Admissions and School Transfers

If you are seeking a house move into the Sefton area, recently arrived in Sefton, or moved a significant distance within Sefton, and require a new school place for your child(ren) you can find the relevant information and application forms below

In Year Admissions And Transfers Policy 2018-19 (pdf 420KB)
In Year School Admissions A Guide For Parents And Carers (pdf 621KB)
In Year School Admissions Application Form A1 (pdf 367KB)

If you are seeking a new school place for your child(ren) at a Sefton school, for reasons other than a house move, this is classed as a ‘School Transfer’ and the relevant information can be found below

In Year School Transfers A Guide For Parents And Carers (pdf 484KB)
In Year School Transfers Application Form T1 (pdf 424KB)

School Admission Appeals

If your child has been refused a place at a school by the Admission Authority (or via a Fair Access Panel decision), you have the right to submit an appeal against this decision, to an Independent Appeal Panel. You can find the relevant information on how to submit an appeal against this decision below:

Admission Appeals Fact Sheet (pdf 366KB)
Admission Appeals Timetable 2019 (pdf 274KB)

Further details will also be provided to you in the decision letter sent to you when your application has been processed (In Year Admissions) or on the National Offer Days for Primary & Secondary School Admissions.

Home to School Transport

If you think your child may be eligible for Home to School Transport please see the information and application forms below. 

Sefton Home To School Transport Policy 2019-20 (pdf 1.02MB)
Post 16 Transport Policy Statement 2019-20 (pdf 1.05MB)
School Pupil Travel Pass Application Form (pdf 546KB)

Applying for year 10 admission (to Technical Colleges / Studio Schools or 14-16 provision)

If you are considering applying for a place at a 14-16 College, Studio School & U.T.C Please ensure that apply for admission directly to the school/college concerned.  More information can be found using the link below

Yr 10 Admission to a UTC, Studio School or 14-16 provision 

School Admissions Policy and Reports

View the School Admissions Policy and Reports page which includes the 'Determined Admissions Arrangements for 2019-20 for Primary & Secondary Schools' and the 'Report to the Office of the Schools Adjudicator - 2018'. 

Last Updated on 02 August 2019