Applying for a school place

Children of certain ages can now apply for schools for the September 2023-24 intake.

Intake Year Child date of birth range
reception 0 1 September 2018 to 31 August 2019
infant to junior 3 1 September 2015 to 31 August 2016
first to middle* 5 1 September 2013 to 31 August 2014
secondary 7 1 September 2011 to 31 August 2012
middle to upper* 9 1 September 2009 to 31 August 2010
UTC* 10 1 September 2008 to 31 August 2009

If you wish to apply for a change of school place for September, please see our Changing schools during the school year webpage.

If you live outside North Somerset and would like to apply for schools in the area, you must apply through your home council.

On time applications for students applying for reception, infant to junior and first to middle* open on 12 September 2022 and closes at 11.59pm on 15 January 2023.

On time applications for secondary, middle to upper* and UTC* open on 12 September 2022 and closes at 11.59pm on 31 October 2022.

*North Somerset schools do not have this intake. However, schools in other local authorities may have.

Parent guides

Our parent guides explain the application process in more detail. Please read the relevant guide before you apply.

Before you apply

You can apply for up to three schools.

Use our maps to find schools in your area.

Most schools will have open days and evenings before the application closing dates. 

Find out which schools have been oversubscribed over the last few years and see how those schools allocated their places.

How to apply


The quickest and easiest way to apply for a school place is online.

There are occasions when the system may not be available as it needs to back-up. This usually happens between 8pm to 8.30pm.

Please try again outside of these times if you are unable to access the system. 

You will need to set up an account on the Citizens Portal, our online admissions system.

It will take you up to 20 minutes to apply and you can make changes to your application right up until the deadline. You’ll receive a confirmation email once you have submitted your application. If you do not receive a confirmation email, you should assume that your application has not been submitted.


Alternatively, you can send us a paper application form.

Please email this to or post it to the address on the application form once it has been completed. 

Please be aware that this will need to reach us before the deadline.

Late applications

It is a parent’s responsibility to ensure that an on-time application is received.

However, if you do miss the deadline for applying for a school place, you can still apply. Late applications will be processed later in the year, and you will be much less likely to get a place at your preferred school.

You cannot apply online – you will need to send us a paper application instead.

What happens next

If you have applied online, you will be able to view your allocated school place on the Citizens Portal on the national offer day. We will also email you on the same day.

If you applied by post, we will post you a letter on the national offer day. This will be sent second class so may take a few days to get to you.

Dates for national offer day

The national offer day for reception, infant to junior and first to middle places is 16 April or the next working day. 16 April 2023 is a Sunday.

North Somerset Council will be making offers on Monday 17 April 2023.

For secondary, middle to upper and UTC school places it is on Wednesday 1 March 2023.

If you are happy with your allocated school place, you will need to accept it. If you applied online, you can accept it through the Citizens Portal or you can email us. If you applied by paper, you can accept it by filling in the response form, which will be included in your outcome letter, and posting or emailing it back to us.

If you do not get the school place you want, you must read the Statement of Options document that will be made available to you. This sets out all your options and should answer most questions. You can ask to be put on a waiting list for your preferred school, appeal or withdraw your application and make a new one with new school preferences.

You can appeal the refused school place by following our appeal procedure.