Apply now for primary school places in 2019

West Sussex families can now apply for school places for children due to start primary school in September 2019.

Children born between 1 September 2014 and 31 August 2015 will be eligible to start primary or infant school next September.

Parents of children currently in Year 2 at infant school should also apply for a place at junior school next year.

Applications opened today (Monday 1 October 2018) and close on Tuesday 15 January 2019.
The quickest and easiest way to apply is online at

Parents will receive an automatic e-mail acknowledgement that the application has been received. Free use of computers with internet access is available in all West Sussex libraries.

Those unable to apply online can request a form by phoning 033 301 42903. The form must be returned by the application deadline.

How the application process works:

• Parents can apply for up to three different schools and must place them in order of preference.

• A child is not automatically guaranteed a place at a school  in their catchment area.

• Those who miss the deadline for applications must still submit an application form as a child will not automatically be allocated a school.

Richard Burrett, Cabinet Member for Education and Skills, said: “Applying for a place at school is an exciting and important time for parents and children. I would really encourage families to visit schools before applying and submit an application before the deadline in the new year.”

Secondary school applications opened on 10 September 2018 and will close on 31 October 2018.

West Sussex County Council staff are available to help parents through the admissions process. Parents can telephone 033 301 42903 or e-mail the Admissions Team North at [email protected] or the Admissions Team South at [email protected].


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