Starting primary or junior/middle school in September 2019

National Offer Day is Tuesday 16 April 2019. If you made an online application, parents and carers will be able to log on to the Citizen Portal to view their child’s school allocation. If you completed a paper application form, you will receive a letter.

If you have submitted an application for a school place for September 2019

For parents who submitted their application to the council before 15 January 2019, emails or letters were sent on 16 April 2019 informing applicants of the school place that has been offered.  Parents who applied on the Citizen Portal can also log on to see their school place offer.  IMPORTANT:  Parents do not need to contact the council or take any action if they are satisfied with the school place.  The school you have been allocated is now responsible for sending joining instructions to parents. For parents whose applications were late, between 16 January 2019 and the 30 April 2019, school place offers will be sent on 24 May 2019.

Please note, if your child has been allocated a place at Brooklands Farm Primary School, you will receive a separate letter from the council informing you which campus has been allocated.  Further information about how to request a campus transfer can be found below.

If your child has been allocated a place at Oxley Park Academy, you will receive a separate letter from the school informing you which campus has been allocated.  Please do not contact the council to find out about campus allocations for this school.

If you have not yet submitted an application

Please 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)as the Citizen Portal is not available for making late applications. When choosing your four school preferences we advise you to look at the Allocation Profile Starting School for the first time (PDF, 257KB) and the Allocation Profile for moving up to junior school (PDF, 200KB) to see which schools still have places available.  

If you no longer need the school place you have been offered

If you have made other arrangements for your child’s schooling, or have a change of family circumstances such as moving away, please email with your child’s name, date of birth, home address and details of the school your child will be attending. We are obliged to keep records of where children live and which school they attend.

If you have not been offered a higher preference school

If the school you are offered is not one of your higher preferences, this would have been due to the popularity of the schools you applied for and where your child was ranked in comparison to other applicants to these schools.  You can see the oversubscription criteria of the last child offered a school place at your preference schools on the Allocation Profile Starting School for the first time (PDF, 257KB) or the Allocation Profile for moving up to junior school (PDF, 200KB).  

To pursue a higher preference school

You can appeal or join a waiting list, or both. If you use these options, you are advised not to decline the place you have been offered in case an appeal or waiting list is not successful. The following information applies to Milton Keynes schools only.

Waiting lists

if your child is declined a place at a school of higher preference your child's name will automatically be added to the waiting list for that school.  Waiting lists are ordered in line with the oversubscription criteria of each school and not by the date the application was received, so a child’s position on a list can move up or down. Waiting list position information will become available after 24 May 2019. Waiting lists will be held for all schools until 31 December 2019 and will continue to be held for the academic year for all community and voluntary controlled schools.  If your child is on a waiting list for an Academy, Foundation or Voluntary Aided School, parents should check with the individual school to see whether the waiting list will continue to be held after 31 December 2019.


To appeal against not receiving a higher preference school please read all the information here  If you wish to appeal for a place at a community or voluntary controlled school, you will need to email your request to  If you wish to appeal for a place at an Academy, Foundation or Voluntary Aided school, you will need to contact the school directly to request an appeal pack. To facilitate appeals to be arranged prior to the end of summer term appeal requests should usually be submitted by 22 May 2019 but you should check this with individual schools.  

Brooklands Farm Primary School - Campus Transfer Requests 2019

The deadline for making an application to rquest a campus transfer was Friday 14 June 2019.  No futher applications will be considered after this date.  You can read the campus allocation policy here (PDF, 194KB).

The Transfer Request Panel will meet on 19 June 2019 and, if you have submitted a transfer request, you will be notified in writing of the outcome of your request within five working days of the panel meeting.

If you applied for a school in Buckinghamshire, Bedfordshire or Northamptonshire and have not been offered your choice

You need to contact the relevant local authority to enquire about waiting lists and appeals.



Bedford Borough:

Central Bedfordshire:

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.

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 late the offer days will be:

Round Applications received by Offer day
2 16 January 2019 to 30 April 2019 24 May 2019
3 1 May 2019 to 31 May 2019 21 June 2019
4 1 June 2019 to 30 June 2019 15 July 2019

Thereafter places will be offered fortnightly.

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.

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: 17 June 2019