If your child is due to start school for the first time you can apply for a place
Children start school in September
A child can only start school in their home authority after they turn four years old
All applications for a starting school place in September 2019 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.
If your child is due to start school in September 2019 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.
For the criteria used to allocate places at schools and academies please see the Admission policies page
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.
The closing date for starting school applications was 15 January. Please use the button below to make a late application.
Make a late application
From 16 April 2019 you can view the outcome of your application by logging into the online application system here.
See our Starting school early or late page for information on all the options available for your child when starting school, for example deferred entry and full and part-time schooling.
Please note, it is the parent or 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 3 May 2019 we aim to send outcomes on 7 June 2019.
Applications received after 3 May 2019 will be processed in strict date order of receipt and outcomes sent out after 7 June 2019.
We would strongly advise that you carefully consider the following when making your school place application.
We thoroughly investigate all potentially fraudulent or misleading applications we are made aware of and welcome information from schools and the public. For the 2018/19 academic year one home address claimed by the parent carer was not used to allocate the school place, and one school place was withdrawn as a result of information received about potentially fraudulent or misleading home addresses.
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.
Contact: Admissions and Entitlements Team
Address: County Hall, Taunton, Somerset, TA1 4DY
Opening hours: Monday 8am to 6pm, Tuesday to Friday 8.30am to 5.30pm, Saturday and Sunday closed.
Primary Admissions Guide
Primary Admissions Application Form
Secondary Admissions Guide
Secondary Admission Application Form
Somerset school admissions Facebook
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Supplementary Information Form for Voluntary Controlled Schools 2019
On-line Application Guidance Notes
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