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11 May 2016


The online admissions system is now closed for primary (reception) and secondary (year 7) applications for September 2016.


You can apply online for your child to:


  • start secondary school in Year 7 in September 2016
    (closing date 31 October 2015) using the online admissions system  - applications can be made from 1 September 2015
  • start in reception at a primary school for September 2016 onwards (closing date 15 January 2016) using the online admissions system - applications can be made from 
    9 November 2015. This is for parents of children born during the period 1 September 2011 to 31 August 2012.
  • change schools mid-year. For mid-year applications please visit this section


The online admissions system cannot be used for:



Before you make your application to Essex County Council you should check you live in the administrative area of Essex.


Please note that you will need to register to use the online admissions system before you can begin choosing any preferences, even if you have made an online application in a previous year. You will be asked:


  • for your contact details
  • to create a password of at least six characters containing at least two numbers
  • to give an answer to a secret question for security reasons


For further information, visit the admissions page.


For information about home to school transport, visit the transport pages.


If you need assistance with your online application, please refer to our online user guides.


Making changes to your application before the closing date

You can change your preferences to your online application up to
and including the relevant closing date by logging in and
amending your existing application. You must resubmit your
application after you have made any such changes.


If you move house after you have submitted an application, you
must tell us immediately by email or by letter. Please do not
just change your address on your online application without letting us know by email or letter as well

Changing your email address

Important note: If you have already registered or applied and need to change your email address, log into your existing application using your old (existing) details.
Do not register with a new email address before you go into your child's record. If you register the new email address first, you will not be able to link it to your child's record.

Making changes to your application after the closing date

Amending preferences: A request to change your preferences after the closing date will not be accepted, unless this is for an address change. Evidence of any address change must be supplied by the specified deadlines, which are set out in the Secondary Education in Essex and Primary Education in Essex booklets.
Any change requests must be submitted to School Admissions in writing (whether you applied online or by paper). You can email
Moving house: If you move house after the closing date, you must tell us immediately by email or by letter. Please do not just change your address on your online application without letting us know by email or letter as well.
Amending your login details/viewing your application: You can view your online application and amend your personal details (as the applicant), such as changing your email address or mobile number.
After you have logged in, you need to select 'Change My Login Details' at the top of the screen and then amend your details as necessary, saving them before you close the page. You can check this has worked by logging in again and making sure that you can still view your application.

On or after the offer date

On or after the offer day, 1 March 2016 for secondary schools and 18 April 2016 for primary schools, you can log into your online admissions account using your email address and password to view your child’s school allocation.
All other amendments to applications need to be made in writing to:

School Admissions
Essex County Council
PO Box 4261
County Hall
For advice please contact us on 0345 603 2200