School Admissions

 Important information for Parents and Carers

‘Currently there is no planned essential maintenance to the Citizen Portal’.

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

  • From September 2019 Ofsted is changing the way it inspects schools. Further information is available on the GOV.UK website.

  • The national closing date for submitting Secondary School Applications for September 2020 entry was 31 October 2019. Online applications via the Citizen Portal are no longer possible for Secondary School entry. If you have still not applied, you must now request a paper application form by emailing the School Admissions Team: admissions@sefton.gov.uk The citizen portal remains open for applications for Primary Schools for September 2020 entry, until the closing date of 15 January 2020.

Starting Primary or Secondary School in September 2020

  • If you require a place for your child either starting school (Reception class) or starting Secondary school for the first time in September 2020, please see the relevant information below:

Parents Guide Applying For A School Place 2020 21 (pdf 1.13MB)
Sefton Schools Admissions Information Guide 2020 21 (pdf 7.54MB)

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 child’s school place you can apply online via the Citizen Portal

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

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 Policy 2019 20 (pdf 868KB)
In Year School Admission Application Form A1 (pdf 467KB)
In Year School Admissions A Guide For Parents (pdf 683KB)

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 (pdf 613KB)
In Year School Transfers Application Form T1 (pdf 553KB)

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 Timetable 2020 (pdf 384KB)
Admissions Appeals Fact Sheet (pdf 481KB)

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 - 2019'. 


Last Updated on 12 November 2019