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Apply for a primary school place

If your child was born between 1 September 2014 and 31 August 2015, they are due to start primary school in September 2019.

The first round for primary school applications is now open. You have until Tuesday 15 January 2019 to apply.

You must make an application for your child's primary school place. You will need to apply using our online Citizen Portal system. 

Before you apply

Before applying for a primary school place, we recommend that you read our First Steps booklet. This will explain the application process from start to finish. The booklet also contains a list of all the primary schools in Cambridgeshire, along with their catchment areas and allocation criteria.

First Steps: Admission to primary school 2019/20

A booklet for parents of Cambridgeshire children who are due to transfer to primary school in September 2019.

Size: 3.46 MB File format: pdf

We also encourage you to find out more about Cambridgeshire schools by:

Apply for a place

Reception

To apply for a primary school place, please log into the Citizen Portal using the blue button below. If you don't already have an existing portal account, you can register for a new account.

Log into Citizen Portal

The first round of applications opened on Thursday 1 November 2018 and will close on Tuesday 15 January 2019. Please view our timetable below.

Dates applications will be accepted from Closing date for applications Date offers will be made
First round of applications (open) Thursday 1 November 2018 Tuesday 15 January 2019 Tuesday 16 April 2019
Second round of applications Wednesday 16 January 2019 Thursday 2 May 2019 Monday 13 May 2019

If your child was born between 1 September 2011 and 31 August 2012, and attends an infant school, they are due to transfer to Year 3 at a junior school in September 2019.

There is no automatic transfer to a junior school. An application must be made.

Please note if you wish to apply for a Year 3 place at a Cambridgeshire primary school for September 2019, this must be made through the in-year admissions process.

If your child was born between 1 September 2009 and 31 August 2010, and attends a first school, they are due to transfer to Year 5 at a middle school in September 2019. 

There is no automatic transfer to a middle school. An application must be made.

Please note if you wish to apply for a Year 5 place at a Cambridgeshire primary school for September 2019, this must be made through the in-year admissions process.

Starting primary school leaflet 2019/20

Size: 495.13 KB File format: pdf

Further help and information

Online applications are made via Citizen Portal, which can be accessed by clicking the button near the top of this page. If you don't already have an account, you can register for a new one.

Using Citizen Portal, you can submit, view and make changes to your application.

Once offers have been made, you will be able to view your offer on the system.

If you experience any issues with Citizen Portal, please email the School Admissions team at [email protected]

Help with choosing and applying for a school is available to all parents from the Parents School Preference Adviser.

All online applications must be submitted by 11.59pm on Tuesday 15 January 2019. Applications submitted after this deadline will be entered into the second round process. Please view our timetable for dates.

In most cases it is only necessary to complete the council's application form. However, some schools also require the completion of a Supplementary Information Form (SIF). This is used to help the governors consider your application fully, in accordance with the school's oversubscription criteria.

If you wish your child to be considered under the school's criteria you must complete a SIF (available either on our website via the link above or direct from the school). You must return the SIF to the school directly, before the closing date on 15 January 2019. 

Please ensure that you read the specific requirements for the school(s) that you wish to apply for, as these may differ from school to school. Please be aware that if you do not complete and return the required SIF by the closing date, your child will not be considered under the religious criteria. 

You must also apply online for a place at the school to our School Admissions team by Tuesday 15 January 2019.

If your child has had extra support in their school, but does not have a Statement of Special Educational Needs / Education, Health and Care Plan (EHCP), you will need to follow the primary school admissions process. This is also the case if your child is undergoing assessment.

If your child has a Statement of Special Educational Needs / Education, Health and Care Plan (EHCP), your Casework Officer from the Statutory Assessment Team (SAT) will contact you to explain the application process for your child.

For more information, please view our pages on Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (Local Offer)

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