Admissions Arrangements



All school admissions for children entering schools are handled by the Pupil Admissions Office at West Sussex County Council.


Parents can apply if your child is due to start school in September 2017. The deadline for applications is Sunday 15 January 2017. A link to the online admissions system will be available from 9.00am on Monday 3 October 2016.


Starting School Timelines

Key Date for Action

Schools to have their prospectus published and available to parents

3rd October 2016

Provide information for parents on West Sussex schools and how to apply

Week beginning 3rd October 2016

National closing date for all applications

15th January 2017

Send list of all applications naming an out- of-county school to the relevant Local Authority

Week beginning 6th February 2017

Send list of all applications naming own admission authority (OAA) schools to the relevant schools

Week beginning 20th February 2017


OAA schools and other Local Authorities to return ordered preference lists to the Pupil Admissions Team

By 6th March 2017

Prepare and distribute lists of offers made for all schools


Week beginning 10th April 2017


Notify all parents of offer made, using email where possible

Tuesday 18th April 2017


For current admission arrangements and information for parents on how to apply on-line, please visit:

WSCC Admissions Website -

Further information can be found in the following documents:

Information for parents: Starting at school or transition from infant school to junior school 2016/17 Southern Area. (Link to PDF) 

Admission Arrangements 2017 Document (Link to PDF)