Somerset County Council

Apply to start school 


Please click here for information if you are applying for West Monkton Primary School

Please click here for information if you are applying for Northgate Primary School, Bridgwater 

Children can start school the September after they turn four.

From 18 April 2017 you can view the outcome of your on-time application by logging into the online application system.

The closing date for starting school applications was 15 January. Please use the button below to make a late application.

Make a late application

What if I miss the deadline or want to change my preferences after the closing date?
This is a link to information lower down on the page. 

Who do I apply to?
All applications for a starting school place in September 2017 must be made to your home authority - this is who you pay your council tax to. If you are unsure if your child lives in Somerset, you can check whether we are your local authority for school admissions here.

How do I get more information?
If your child is due to start school in September 2017 you are advised to carefully read the Primary Admissions Guide before making your application. This contains everything you need to know in order to make your school place application including information on the different types of school, Published Admission Numbers and the criteria used to allocate places at schools and academies. 

Here are the criteria used to allocate places at VC and Community schools. A Community School is a school provided and maintained by the local authority. VC schools (Voluntary Controlled) are mainly church schools (Church of England).

For the criteria used to allocate places at other types of school and academies please choose the area you are interested in from the list below and then choose the school or academy to see their admission arrangements.

If you would like information on how places were allocated at your preferred schools in previous years please see our School Place Allocation Summaries page.

Important tips for making your school place application.

How will I find out which school I’ve been offered?
If you applied by 15 January, you will be sent the outcome of your application on 18 April 2017. If you applied online you will receive an email on18 April and if you applied using a paper application form you will be sent a letter by second class post on 18 April 2017. Outcomes will not be given out over the phone or in person at the Council offices.

What if I missed the deadline or want to change my preferences after the closing date?
Please note, it is the parent/carer's responsibility to make an on-time school place application. If you are making an application after the closing date, it will be classed as late and your application will be considered according to the dates below.

For applications received by 5 May 2017 we will aim to send outcomes on 9 June 2017. 

Applications received after 5 May 2017 will be processed in strict date order of receipt.

We would strongly advise that you carefully consider the following when making your school place application. 

  • It is strongly advised you put three school preferences on your form especially if you live in an urban area. You are not given a higher priority for any school by stating it as your only preference and may be more likely to be allocated a school you have not chosen. This could also be some distance from your home address. Although it is unlikely it could even be the case that it is not possible to allocate your child a school place and you need to make a further application in the second round.  
  • All preferences are considered equally and a place is offered at the highest preference possible.   
  • If you wish to be considered for your catchment school you must include it as one of your preferences. You can check your school catchment area on a map on the Check Catchment School page. The map is a representation of the catchment areas and cannot be relied upon for purchasing a property. If you are considering purchasing a property or if you live near a school border then please contact us.   
  • There are no guarantees that siblings will be allocated the same school when the school is over-subscribed so you are advised to put other preferences, especially if you live outside the catchment area.   
  • Carefully read the over-subscription criteria for the schools you have chosen. This can be found further up this page under the heading How do I get more information? 
  • If your preferred school(s) requires a Supplementary Information Form (SIF) or further proof (for example, proof of regular church attendance), it is essential that this is sent in with your application form if you would like your child to be considered under the appropriate criterion. All SIFs can be found on the school website. For VC schools only the religious proof SIF can be downloaded from the right hand side of this page.   
  • If you have recently moved address or are due to move please provide proof of your new address. This can be the ‘exchange of contracts’ letter from the solicitors on a house purchase or a minimum six month tenancy agreement.
  • You will be responsible for transporting your child to any school you name as a preference unless you have a statutory entitlement.
  • Please ensure you fully complete the applicant details section of the application form including supplying a phone number. School Transport use a texting service to notify parents of changes to transport arrangements and require accurate and up to date details. 

Fraudulent school place applications 
We thoroughly investigate all potentially fraudulent or misleading applications we are made aware of and welcome information from schools and the public. For the 2016/17 academic year two school places were withdrawn as a result of information received about potentially fraudulent or misleading home addresses and for a further two applications, the address claimed on the application form was not used when allocating the school place.

If you know or suspect that someone is trying to or has gained a school place fraudulently please let us know. You can send us this information anonymously if you prefer and rest assured that your details will remain completely confidential. 

West Monkton Primary School 
The Published Admission Number for West Monkton Primary School has been set at 30. However, due to the school being re-located and expanded, extra places will be offered over this number.

Northgate Primary School, Bridgwater
Clevedon Learning Trust has been appointed the academy sponsor for the new Northgate Primary School in Bridgwater. The school is due to open with 30 Reception places for the 2017 academic year, and could also offer Year 1 or Year 2 places depending on demand.

As the Department for Education has only recently announced that Clevedon Learning Trust is the academy sponsor, Somerset Local Authority is not able to co-ordinate applications for places at Northgate Primary School in September 2017. Therefore applications must be made directly to the school by emailing or telephone 01278 422943 for an application form. Northgate Primary School will then notify you of the outcome at a later date.

In the mean time you may also wish to also apply for alternative local schools in the normal way using the on-line application form above. Each parent/carer can have up to 3 preferences of school and the deadline is 15 January 2016. Outcomes will be sent out on the National Offer Day of 16 April and if a place is subsequently also offered at Northgate Primary School for your child we will come back to you to confirm which school place you would like to accept.

Further information will be posted on this web page as it becomes available so you may wish to check back regularly for any updates.


Contact: Admissions and Entitlements Team
Address: County Hall, Taunton, Somerset, TA1 4DY
Phone: 0300 123 2224
Fax: 01823 356113
Opening Hours: Monday to Thursday 8.30am to 5pm, Friday: 8.30am to 4.30pm, Saturday and Sunday closed.



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