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Admission of children to primary schools for September 2020

ATTENTION – Due to the current COVID-19 situation all members of the School Admissions and Appeals Team are working remotely. Whilst we are working to continue to provide a good level of service, the usual Civic Centre reception based service has been suspended and we are unable to answer telephone enquiries.


We recognise that our service is important to you and appreciate your patience and understanding during this time. We are contactable via email and if your email requires a response, we will reply as soon as we can. However, it can take up to 10 working days at very busy times of the year such as on national offer days. Email contact details can be found further down this page.


Please Note : If you have applied for an in year transfer please be advised that this is one of the services that has been affected and understandably decisions will be delayed. However, we will contact you as soon as we have any further information about the progress of your application.


Please note that, having regard to the Government’s decision to close schools (except for looking after the children of keyworkers and vulnerable children), all admission appeals have been postponed until such time that further guidance is received from government or that schools fully re-open.  Please contact Neil Picken, Democratic Services at: if you wish to receive further advice about appeals only.

Any other enquiries relating to school admissions should be sent to the email addresses listed below.


If your child was born between 1 September 2015 and 31 August 2016 (Reception) or 1 September 2012 and 31 August 2013 (Infant to Junior), he or she is due to commence Reception class or transfer from an Infant to a Junior School in September 2020.

Walsall participates in an Inter-Local Authority (LA) Co-ordinated Admission Scheme along with a number of local authorities in the Midlands, including: Birmingham, Dudley, Sandwell, Staffordshire and Wolverhampton.  

The scheme allows you to express preferences for up to three primary schools, rank them in order of preference and give reasons for your preferences, if appropriate (e.g. medical or social).

Parents who submit an online application for a primary school place and request an email notification will receive details of the outcome of their child’s application by email on Thursday 16 April 2020. The emails will be produced and sent by an automated process over the course of the day.

Parents will also receive notification of the outcome of their application by a letter to be posted second class on Thursday 16 April 2020.

The Admissions and Appeals Team can be contacted by telephone (01922 652585) between 8:45 am and 5:15 pm on Monday to Thursday and 8:45 to 4:45pm on Fridays. The team is permanently located at the Civic Centre.

The admission criteria for every Walsall school are detailed in the school information pages within our 'Information for Parents' booklet'. If you intend to name a school outside Walsall, it is important that you obtain a copy of the maintaining local authority’s ‘Information for Parents’ booklet, or visit the relevant local authority’s website, which will detail the admission criteria for the school you would like your child/ren to attend.

Please take the opportunity to find out as much as you can about the relevant schools before you express your preferences – the Admissions and Appeals Team are here to help you.

  • If you live in Walsall, please complete the on-line application by Wednesday 15 January 2020.

  • If you live in Walsall and your child attends a primary school outside Walsall, or a private school in Walsall, please complete the on-line application and submit by Wednesday 15 January 2020.
  • If you live outside Walsall, you should complete an application from your home local authority and include all of your preferred schools.


Download our current admissions booklet

Primary Information for Parents Booklet 2020         Information for Parents Leaflet Primary Admissions 2020     Parent's Guide to On-Line Admissions

Download the Supplementary Information Form for Walsall Faith Schools

Supplementary Information Form for Walsall Faith Schools

On-Line Preference Form (click here to commence)
  • The deadline (15 January 2020) for submission of on-line primary school applications has passed. Any applications or changes to an application received after 15 January 2020 will be regarded as late. To submit a late application, please contact a member of the Admissions and Appeals Team on: 01922 652585


The School Admissions & Appeals Team is available to assist parents and carers with enquiries in the First Stop Shop (Walsall Council Civic Centre) between:

10 a.m. - 12 noon Monday

9 a.m. - 12 noon Tuesday - Friday

The School Admissions desk is closed each afternoon.


Parent Support Adviser (Admissions and Appeals)

If you have any questions about the primary admissions process and would like independent advice, please contact the Parent Support Adviser.

Parent Support Adviser (Admissions & Appeals)
Walsall MBC
2nd Floor
Civic Centre
Darwall Street

Telephone: 01922 652578


Contact us

The Admissions & Appeals Team

Walsall MBC
2nd Floor
Civic Centre
Darwall Street

Telephone 01922 652585