How to Apply

Starting school places

Apply to start in the Reception year at a primary or infant school in September 2022.


Apply for a place

You can apply for a starting school place from 9.00am on Monday 4 October 2021 until 11.59pm on Saturday 15 January 2022.

To make an application online you will need:

  • an email address
  • to create a user ID and password.

All applications require a new account to be set. If you applied for a place in a previous school year, your details will have been removed from the online system. 

Apply online for a starting school place (opens in a new window)(external link)

An email acknowledgement of your application is automatically sent by the system so you know your application has been received. Check your junk folder if you don't receive an email. We strongly recommend you keep a copy of the email. It will contain a unique application reference number, which will be your only proof that you applied. We cannot investigate any issues with your application without this.

You can save your application and return to it to make amendments before submitting it. You must ensure that you submit the completed application before the deadline.

If you need to edit your child’s details, or make any other changes to your application after you have submitted it, it must be re-submitted.

Applying using a paper form

  • If you have no option but to apply on a paper form, please contact the Pupil Admissions Team.
  • It is your responsibility to ensure that the completed form is returned to your local West Sussex primary, infant or junior school by the application deadline.
  • Parents are not encouraged to return their paper forms directly to the Pupil Admissions Team unless they use Recorded Delivery post.
  • Claims regarding missing forms will not be investigated unless you can provide evidence that it was received by the Pupil Admissions Team. West Sussex County Council is not responsible for forms lost or delayed in the post. We recommend that you keep a copy of the form and evidence of posting.