Act Now for School Admissions September 2019

If your child is due to start school in September 2019, or transfer to middle, secondary or upper school, applications are now open.

Schools must offer your child a full-time place in the September, following their fourth birthday, if that is your wish; though your child does not have to attend school full-time until the term after their fifth birthday.

If you are applying for a place to start school or to join a middle school, you have until Tuesday 15 January 2019 to make an application. However, if your child is transferring to a secondary or upper school in 2019 then the deadline for applications is Wednesday 31 October 2018.

Councillor Steven Dixon, Executive Member for Families, Education and Children, said: “Last year, over 90 per cent of parents and carers applied for a school place online. It’s a quick and simple process and applications can be reviewed right up to the deadline date.

“We hope that, with all the time pressures parents and carers face, that applying online will be a convenient way to ensure their children do not miss out on the opportunity to attend a school of their choice.

"Last year, 96 per cent of families in Central Bedfordshire got their first preference of primary or lower school, 95.7 per cent had their first preference met for middle and 92 per cent had their first preference met for secondary and upper schools."

To apply for a place online, visit

Central Bedfordshire Council has dedicated school admission web pages that contain a wealth of other information including school catchment areas, deferred entries, making an application on religious/faith grounds and how places are allocated.

Parents and carers can also complete a paper application form – these are available from the school admissions team. Call 0300 300 8037, email or write to School Admissions, Central Bedfordshire Council, Watling House, High Street North, Dunstable, LU6 1LF.