School Admissions

Important information for Parents and Carers

Entry to Schools September 2021: The Citizen Portal is now CLOSED for new applications for Primary & Secondary Admissions as the national closing dates have now passed. From 16 April 2021 you can log into your Citizen Portal account to view the Primary School place offer information.

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

Please note: Information about Admissions to Secondary & Primary School for entry in September 2022, will be published on this page in September 2021.

National Offer Day Information for Primary School Places 2021

Friday 16 April 2021 is National Offer day for the allocation of Primary School places for Reception Year - September 2021 entry.

If you applied online (via the Citizen Portal) for a secondary school place you will receive email confirmation of the school offer on 16 April 2021 (if you requested to be notified by email). Please be patient emails are automatically scheduled & will NOT be received by all applicants at the same time. You can log into your account on the Citizen Portal directly to view the school offer information.

If you did not apply via the Citizen Portal, an offer letter will be posted out via first class mail on 16 April 2021, ordinarily you should receive the letter within 2 working days, subject to any delays with postal services.

Further information can be found in the frequently asked questions section (bottom of the next page), which includes how you can now request a different school if you wish to do so. You can also contact the Admissions team using the telephone numbers below.

Further information regarding submitting an Appeal for a school place can be found on the School Admission Appeals page. 


Nursery Placements

If you are looking for Nursery provision for a child under school age, please go to where you can search for OFSTED registered nurseries and childminders in your local area.


Starting Primary or Secondary School in September 2021

If you require a place for your child either starting school (Reception class) or starting Secondary school for the first time in September 2021, please see the relevant information below:

If you have read both information booklets and are ready to apply for your child’s school place you can apply on line via the citizen portal 

In Year School Admissions & School Transfers

For all other age groups, if you wish to transfer your child from their existing school to a Sefton School, or you have recently moved into the Sefton area, moved a significant distance within Sefton or are proposing to move into the area, and you require a new school place for your child(ren) during the academic year, these are known as 'In Year School Admissions'. 

Further information and application forms can be found here.


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. 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. Please go to the separate Admission Appeals page for further details. This includes information on how the Local Authority is currently conducting Admission Appeal Hearings due to the current Coronavirus Public Health Emergency.


 Home to School Transport

For further information on Home to School Transport eligibility, Transport Policy, application forms & the contact details for the Travel Support Team please see the Home to School Transport page. 

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 2021-2022 for Primary & Secondary Schools' and the 'Report to the Office of the Schools Adjudicator - 2020'. The current Consultation documents showing the Proposed Admission Arrangements for 2022-2023 is also available on this page.


Important information regarding Covid-19 Public Health Emergency

The Local Authority has implemented stringent social distancing measures to minimise the risk of spreading the coronavirus and to protect the health of staff and the public. For this reason, the School Admissions Team are currently not office based and are working from a number of locations, we would therefore prefer any contact to be via email if possible. Please include your child’s name and date of birth in any email.

Bootle Town Hall is currently closed to the public. Please do not attend the Town Hall for advice about School Admissions or Free School Meal eligibility. Please use email instead.

All emails will be responded to as quickly as possible, but it may take a little longer than usual for you to receive a response. 

If you do not have access to email and need to discuss a matter regarding School Admissions urgently, the team can be contacted on the telephone numbers shown in the table below. Please only call if it is absolutely necessary and you do not have access to email.

These phone numbers are available during normal office hours Mon-Fri excluding bank holidays. We are endeavouring to offer as normal a service as possible during these times. Calls may not be answered as they would normally if the team were office based. Please bear with us and thank you for your understanding during this challenging and unprecedented time.



For queries about Primary School offers on/around National Allocation day (16 April 2021) ANY of the numbers shown below can answer queries (subject to availability). Please be patient, the phones are usually very busy around this date.

Admissions to Reception Year - Sept 2021 entry

0151 934 3291 (Mon – Thurs only) or 0151 934 3490



Admissions to Secondary School (Year 7) - Sept 2021 entry          

0151 934 3490 or 0151 934 3291 (Mon – Thurs only)



In Year School Admissions (all other year groups)

0151 934 3290, 07929 730120,  or 0151 934 3131 (Wed – Fri only)



School Admission Appeals (all year groups)

07966 042564



Alternative numbers for any other School Admissions related enquiries:

0151 934 3791 or 0151 934 3504


Last Updated on Tuesday, April 20, 2021

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