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15 December 2017

  

We regret that the online admission system is expected to be unavailable on the weekend of Saturday 16 and Sunday 17 December 2017 due to essential maintenance.  The system is expected to be available again from 11am on Monday 18 December 2017. We apologise for any inconvenience caused.


The closing date for primary (Reception) applications for September 2018 is 15 January 2018.


Please note that online applications for the secondary (Year 7) admission round for September 2018 have now closed. If you have not applied you will need to make a paper application.  

 

The primary (Reception) admission round for September 2018 will open on 13 November 2017 and the closing date is 15 January 2018. Online applications can be made from 13 November 2017 up to and including the closing date 15 January 2018.

 
Using the Essex Education Portal you can apply online for your child to:

 

  • start secondary school in Year 7 in September 2018
    (closing date 31 October 2017) - applications can be made from 12 September 2017 using the 'Starting secondary school in Year 7 September 2018' button further down this page
  • start in reception at a primary school for September 2018 onwards (closing date 15 January 2018) - applications can be made from 13 November 2017. This is for parents of children born during the period 1 September 2013 to 31 August 2014

 

APPLICATIONS FOR ANY OTHER YEAR GROUPS CANNOT BE MADE USING THIS SYSTEM. PLEASE REFER TO THE MID-YEAR APPLICATIONS PAGE OR THE YEAR 2-3 TRANSFERS PAGE.

 

We strongly recommend that you read the relevant admission booklet(s) before submitting any application

 

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

 

Once you have created an account you will be able to apply for your child’s school place. Please make sure that you submit your online application and that you receive an email to confirm when it has been submitted.

 

If you do not receive an email which confirms that you have submitted your online application then you have not successfully applied. You must log back into your account and submit. You will not be reminded to do this.    

 

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 guide.

 

Making changes to your application before the closing date

You can change your preferences on your online application up to and including the closing date of 15 January 2018 by logging into your account, amending your existing application and resubmitting it.

 

You must resubmit your application after you have made any such changes otherwise they will not be taken into consideration.

Paper applicants need to submit any change requests in writing by sending an email to admissions@essex.gov.uk.

 

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
 

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 admissions@essex.gov.uk.
 
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 as sending us proof of your new address e.g. exchange of contracts or tenancy agreement.
  

On or after the offer date

On or after the offer day, 1 March 2018 for secondary schools and 16 April 2018 for primary schools, you can log into your 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
Chelmsford
CM1 1GS
email: admissions@essex.gov.uk 
For advice please contact us on 0345 603 2200