Starting primary or junior/middle school in September 2019

The online portal closed on 15 January 2019. If you have not made your application for an infant or junior school place for September 2019, you will need to complete a late paper application form. See Applying after the closing date below.


Before applying

It is VERY important that you read a guide for parents and carers (PDF, 24.1MB)which gives you all the information you need about the application and allocation process.

Research the schools that you are interested in applying to:

  • Visit schools you are interested in, most have open days you can go to (check the schools website for details).
  • Find your catchment area school. Refer to section D of the guide for parents and carers (PDF, 24.1MB).  There is no guarantee that your child will be offered a place at your local school.  This will depend on how many applications are received for the places available.
  • Understand the admissions criteria for your preferred schools (refer to section E of the guide for parents and carers (PDF, 24.1MB)or visit the schools website for details).  This information should give you an indication of how likely your child is to be offered a place, especially for those schools that are oversubscribed.
  • Read the schools Ofsted reports, or visit school websites for the information


Choosing school preferences

Once you have done your research you are ready to decide your preferred schools.  There is no right to a particular school place.  You can state four preferences for schools on your application. 

The school preferences you make are treated equally.  This means that no matter where you place a school in your list of preferences, it will be treated the same way as all other applicants who also chose that school, regardless of where they have placed the school in their list. 

The reason it is so important to list the schools in the order of preference is that if a place can be offered at more than one of your preferences, you will be offered the highest school possible from the list you provided. 

Naming other schools will not affect your chance of being offered a place at a higher preference school.  If there are no places available at any of your preferences, an offer will be provided for the nearest school to your home address that do have places available.


Applying for a school place

Applications are done online and need to be completed by 15 January 2019.  If you require assistance, please use guidance for applying online.

Important things to remember when applying:

  • We advise you use all four preferences.  Listing a school more than once or only listing one school will not increase your chances of receiving an offer.
  • Ensure all information has been completed correctly and no information missed.  Any mistakes could affect your application.
  • We advise you enter your catchment school as one of your preferences, should higher preferences not be available.
  • Ensure your school preferences include a school(s) that your child is most likely to meet the school criteria.
  • If you apply after the closing date you are far less likely to get a place at one of your preferred schools.
  • If you are moving house during the application process, refer to Moving schools.
  • If your preference is to attend a school outside of Milton Keynes, you are still required to apply via Milton Keynes Council.
  • If you are unable to apply online, contact the Education Access Team for a paper application.


Applying after the closing date

The closing date for applications is 15 January 2019.  Applying after this date means your preferences will be considered after all the preferences received on time have been allocated, reducing the possibility that you may get one of your preferences.

The online application process is not available after 15 January 2019, you will need to complete a late application form (starting school for the first time Sept 2019) (PDF, 354KB) or a late application form (moving up to junior school Sept 2019) (PDF, 351KB) if you are applying after this date and return to the address stated on the application form. 

We suggest paper forms are sent by recorded delivery.  We are not responsible for forms lost in the post.  We will not acknowledge that we have received your form.

Processing of applications

Between January 2019 and April 2019 the council will be processing applications.  Your child’s information is passed onto all schools that you have applied to.  Foundation Schools, Catholic Schools and academies will then rank all applicants in order of the oversubscription criteria to enable us to allocate places in readiness for the national offer day on 16 April 2019.

If you have applied for a school place outside of Milton Keynes Council, we will pass your child’s details onto the relevant local authority who will then apply their procedures and advise us if a place can be offered.


School place offer dates

For applications received by us before 15 January 2019 the national offer day is 16 April 2019.

If you applied online, you can log into the citizen portal to find out what school place has been offered.  An email will be sent to you confirming the details (please note, emails will be sent out throughout the day).  If you sent a paper application you will be sent a letter.  We have no control over how long the post will take to reach you.

If you applied late the offer days will be as below:

Applications received between Offer day
16 January 2019 to 30 April 2019 24 May 2019
1 May 2019 to 31 May 2019 21 June 2019
1 June 2019 to 30 June 2019

15 July 2019


What happens next?

If you are happy with the school place offered you do not need to do anything else.  The school you have been allocated is now responsible for sending joining instructions to you.

If you are not happy with the offer, find out how to appeal or join the waiting list for a school place.  If you are going to appeal or join the waiting list, we advise you NOT to decline the place you have been offered, in case the appeal or waiting list is not successful.

If you applied late, your application will automatically be added to the waiting list for the schools which declined to offer a place.

If you applied for a school in Buckinghamshire or Northamptonshire and have not been offered your choice, you need to contact those local authorities to make an appeal or waiting list request.


Information relating to attending schools

Home to school transport

Parents and carers are responsible for ensuring their children attend school regularly and for arranging their safe arrival at school and journey home at the end of the day.  See if your child is eligible for assistance in getting to and from school and how to apply.

Free school meals

Parents and carers who receive certain benefits may be eligible for either pupil premium funding or free school meals.  Find out the eligibility criteria and how to apply.

Children with Special Educational Needs (SEN)

Find out what support is available for a child with special education needs.  If you have any queries about your child’s special needs or wish to request a leaflet explaining the transfer process, please contact the SEN casework team


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Last Updated: 16 January 2019