School Admissions

Important information for Parents and Carers

Admissions to Schools 2022: The Citizen Portal is now CLOSED for applications for Primary & Secondary School for September 2022.

This page provides the main information for parents/carers about the processes for applying for a place at a school in Sefton for September 2022 entry into Primary school (Reception Year) & Secondary school (Year 7 transferring from primary school).

Applications for September 2023 entering Primary School (Reception class) & Secondary School (moving from Year 6 to Year 7) will open on 1 September 2022 via the online Citizen Portal. It is not possible to apply for these age groups any earlier than 1 September 2022. The school admissions information guides on this page will also be updated from 1 September 2022 to assist you in making your school choices and application.

For all other age groups applying for a new school placement during the  school year these are known as 'In Year School Admissions'.  Please go to the IN YEAR ADMISSIONS & SCHOOL TRANSFERS PAGE for further information.


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 2022

Applications for 2022 entry into Reception and Year 7 opened on 1st September 2021 via the online Citizen Portal.  The national closing dates for both applications have now passed. Parents can submit a late application or make changes to an existing application by completing a Late Application/Change of Preference form* on the 'Starting School' section (next page) using the 'Do it online' link on the right hand side.

*IMPORTANT If you do not reside in the Sefton area you must apply through your home Local Authority even if the school you wish to apply for is in Sefton.

If you require a place for your child either starting school (Reception class) or starting Secondary school for the first time in September 2022, 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 

Important dates to remember

Submit your application online via the Citizen Portal by the following national closing dates:

  • Closing Date for applications to start Secondary School is 31 October 2021

  • Closing Date for applications to start Primary School is 15 January 2022


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 admission applications are made directly to the preferred school/college.  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 & 2022-2023 for Primary & Secondary Schools' and the 'Report to the Office of the Schools Adjudicator - 2021'. You can also view the In Year Admissions & Fair Access Policy on this page. 





Last Updated on Tuesday, June 21, 2022

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