If your child is due to start school for the first time you can apply for a place
Ofsted are changing the way they inspect and report on schools.
With the new Education Inspection Framework coming into force in September 2019, they have written a short ‘explainer text’ for parents on how these changes will affect them.
A child can start school in the September after they turn four.
If you want to apply for a place at a junior or middle school, visit this page.
If you want to apply for a place at a secondary or upper school, visit this page.
All applications for a starting school place in September 2020 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 2020 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.
New Wellington Primary School for September 2020
We anticipate that a new school called Isambard Kingdom Brunel Primary School will open in Wellington in September 2020 with a single reception class in the first instance. There will be 30 reception places available and the new primary school will be an academy sponsored by the Castle Partnership Trust.
Details about admission arrangements and how to apply for a reception place for 2020 are published on the new school website www.ikbschool.co.uk.
However, you must also apply for other schools through us. The closing date for all applications is 15 January 2020. As places may potentially be offered by us and the Castle Partnership Trust, you will then be contacted after the outcome date – 16 April 2020 – to confirm which school place you will be accepting.
You may want to use our helpful guide to applying for a school place.
You may be prompted for a Unique Identification Number (UID). Please note we do not use these , so please choose the ‘NO UID’ button.
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.
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.
If you applied online by 15 January, you will receive an email with the outcome of your application on 16 April 2020. If you applied using a paper application form your outcome will be sent out by second class post on 16 April 2020. Outcomes will not be given out over the phone or in person at the Council offices.
From 16 April 2020 you can view the outcome of your application by logging into the online application system here.
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 1 May 2020 we aim to send outcomes on 5 June 2020.
Applications received after 1 May 2020 will be processed in strict date order of receipt and outcomes sent out after 5 June 2020.
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 2019/20 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 application form September 2020
Supplementary Information Form for Voluntary Controlled Schools
Somerset school admissions Facebook
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