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Apply for a primary school place


It's important that you include three schools on your application. This will increase your chance of getting a place at one of your preferred choices. If you only put your top choice down, there is a risk you might not get a place at that school. You may be offered a school that you’re not happy with instead.

We always aim to offer you a place at your highest ranked school.

If you live outside Walsall, you should complete an application from your home local authority (even if you are applying for a Walsall school).


Children born between 1 September 2018 and 31 August 2019 are due to start reception in September 2023.

Having a place in the nursery class attached to a school does not guarantee a place in the reception class at that school. You must send a separate application for a place in the reception class.

Infant to junior (year 3)

Children born between 1 September 2015 and 31 August 2016 are due to transfer from infant to junior school in September 2023. If your child attends an infant school, you'll need to apply to join the partner junior school.

Deciding on your school preferences

You can apply for a place at up to three schools for your child, and list them in order of preference.  

If any of your preferred schools are outside Walsall Borough, you still apply in the same way. Walsall Council runs a co-ordinated admissions scheme with neighbouring councils and admission authorities, so you only have to complete one application.

Walsall Council has a duty to offer your child a place in a school. We always try to meet your first choice, but sometimes we receive more applications than the school has places available. We will then try to offer your next highest preference. If we cannot meet any of your preferences, we will offer you a place in the nearest school to your home address with available places.

The schemes for co-ordinated admissions document tells you more about:

  • when key decisions are made
  • evidence for late applications
  • what to do if you live near a borough boundary and want to apply for a school in another authority
  • which schools are their own admissions authority

The determined admission arrangements document tells you about:

  • class sizes
  • oversubscription criteria
  • priority applications from siblings
  • paired infant and junior schools

Get support with making your application

Our step-by-step admissions guide will take you through the whole admissions process. It explains how to create an account, how to log in, and how to submit your application.

The guide is only available in English. If you need extra support, you can contact the admissions and appeals team.

You can also download the information for parents booklet.

Faith schools ask for some additional information.  You can download the form for admissions to Walsall faith schools.

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When you'll receive your offer

If you ask for an email notification in your online application, you will receive your offer by email on 17 April 2023. The emails are sent automatically over the course of the day.

If you apply late, we will let you know after 17 April 2023.

If you are not happy with your offer, you can appeal against the decision.

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Make a late application

The online portal closed on 15 January 2023. 

If you apply after this date, or change the name or ranking of a school, we will process your application as late. It is unlikely that you will get a place at one of your preferred schools. You can find full details in our late applications policy.

You can make a late application if the deadline of 15 January has passed and:

  • your child is due to start reception in September 2023
  • your child is due to transfer from infant to junior school in September 2023
Late applications processing timetable for 2023
Date Action
17 April National offer day - offers sent to on-time applicants
26 April Round 1: late offers for late applications received between 16 January and 16 April 2023
2 May Waiting list positions available
19 May Appeal deadline
29 May Round 2: late offers for late applications received between 17 April and 28 May 2023
As required Any further late applications