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Admissions Procedures and Policies


You must apply for a place at a school, even if it’s linked to your child’s current nursery or primary school. 

When applications open

Applications open on different days in each local council area - usually at the start of the autumn term of the year before your child is due to start school.

Deadlines to apply

You must apply for a primary school place by 15 January.

You must apply for a secondary school place by 31 October.

How to apply

When you fill in the form (online or on paper) you’ll be asked to list the schools you’re applying for in order of preference.

You must apply for at least 3 schools.

To get a copy of the application form on paper, contact your local council.

When you’ll find out

Councils will send confirmations for:

  • primary schools on 16 April
  • secondary schools on 1 March

Click on the links below for further information.

File icon: pdf CHS AdmissionsPolicy-2020 to 2021 [pdf 200KB] Click to download
File icon: pdf CHS AdmissionsPolicy-2021to 2022 v2 [pdf 203KB] Click to download