Primary school applications

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The admissions team are still be processing applications for school places.  If you have any urgent query please email and we will respond to you as soon as possible.

Primary school applications

If your child was born between 1 September 2016 and 31 August 2017 you must apply for a primary school place between Thursday 1 October 2020 and Friday 15 January 2021. If you live in Hull you must apply to us with your preferences of primary schools for your child, even if the school you want is not in Hull.

To make your application click 'Register for My School Portal'. Applications can be submitted or amended up to midnight on the 15 January 2021 which is the deadline. You will not be able to use the My School Portal to make an application after 15 January 2021.

If you applied late or changed your application after 15 January 2021 we may not be able to confirm your child’s allocated school until after Friday 14 May 2021 which is the deadline. 

We recommend that you give three preferences of school.

We recommend that you use the My School Portal to make your application as you will receive confirmation of your school allocation by email on 16 April 2021.   It will also mean that you get a receipt from us to confirm that we have received your application.  If you do not have internet access you can a computer at our customer contact centres or at any of  the public libraries.  If you do not have an email address you can request an application form by contacting 01482 300 300 or download the application from this page.

If your child has an Education, Health and Care Plan there is a separate admissions process. 

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What happens next

After the closing date we process your application and contact you on Friday 16 April 2021 to let you know which school your child has been allocated.

If you applied online and requested notification by email, a confirmation of your allocated school is sent to your email address in the early hours of Friday 16 April 2021. If you did not request confirmation by email or you did not apply online, you must wait for your allocation letter which is sent by first class post on Friday 16 April 2021. We cannot confirm your child's allocated school over the telephone.

Late applications

If you miss the deadline date of 15 January 2021 you must complete and return an application form to us as soon as possible.  You may not receive confirmation of your allocated school until after Friday 14 May 2021.  Late applications made after 15 January 2021 can only be made by completing an application form which should be returned to the school admissions team. We will accept late applications or late changes to applications but they will not be processed until after the applications that were received before the closing date.

A Primary School application form will be available to download from 1 October 2020.

Selecting the right Primary School for your child

We have created a guide for parents which contains useful information about the application process including;

  • details about primary schools in Hull
  • important dates for you to know
  • information on making an application
  • making a summer born application

A Common application Form will be available to download from 1 October 2020.

Most primary schools currently use a catchment area as part of their admission arrangements.  You can see if your home is in the catchment area of your preferred school by looking at the catchment map below. 

 For any further information about catchment areas or maps contact the admissions team on 01482 300 300

Proof of address

We may ask you for proof of residence at the address you have given. A child’s home address is defined as the address at which the parent or carer and child and ordinarily resident at the time of application.

We are committed to preventing fraudulent applications for school places.

You must - 

  • only use one address when applying for a school place
  • use the address at which the parent or carer and child are ordinarily resident
  • be held responsible for proving they are ordinarily resident at the address
  • provide additional information if requested before places can be confirmed

We may - 

  • check addresses against other records we hold, in accordance with our Data Protection Register
  • ask for suitable proof of residence, tenancy (if renting), or proof of completion (if buying)
  • request proof of council tax payment
  • invite you to discuss the address details on your application with the fraud investigation team

A school place may be withdrawn, even after the child has started school, if an application is found to be fraudulent or intentionally misleading.

If you change your home address you must provide evidence of your new address to the admissions team as soon as possible

How school places are allocated

Each school has a published number of places that are available for allocation.

Where there are -

  • places available for all pupils that have applied then all pupils will qualify for a place
  • more applications for places than there are places available the oversubscription criteria are used to determine which pupils qualify for one of these places.

If your child -

  • qualifies for a place at only one of the schools named on the application form your child will be offered a place at the school
  • qualifies for a place at more than one of the schools named on your application form your child will be offered a place at the school you ranked highest
  • does not qualify for a place at any of the schools named on your application form your child will be offered a place at your nearest school which has a place available

If you live outside of Hull and have applied for a Hull school your home authority will forward your application to us and we will notify them if your child qualifies for a place at a Hull school. Your home authority will then confirm which school place your child should be given based on the order of your preferences.

Access information about primary school admission arrangements

Nursery school places

If you want to apply for a school or private nursery you must contact the nursery direct.

Find out more about early years providers

If we cannot allocate your preferred school

If we cannot offer a place at any of your preferred schools we will place your child on a waiting list for the school until the end of the autumn and you will be offered the right of appeal. We will allocate your child a place at the next nearest Hull school that has a vacancy.


We offer you the right to appeal if we cannot place you at one of your preferred schools. An appeal form and guidance is sent to you with our letter confirming the outcome of your application.

You must return your appeal form to the admissions team within 20 school days. Some schools are responsible for arranging their own independent appeals. We send completed appeal forms directly to those schools on your behalf.

An independent appeal panel of three volunteers hear the appeal. They consider the -

  • school's reason for not offering a place
  • your reasons for needing a place at the school

Your appeal must be heard within 40 school days. You receive information at least 10 days before the appeal date about the -

  • appeal
  • date and time 
  • location

You are informed of the outcome of the appeal in writing shortly after the appeal is heard.

Due to the Coronavirus Pandemic emergency legislation has been put in place until 30 September 2021.  The main change is that appeals can be heard over the telephone, or video conferencing or can be decided on the basis of written submissions.  The statutory timescales have also been amended and appeals should be heard as soon as practicable.

Defer entry

You can request to defer entry until later in the academic year such as January or after Easter, but your child must be attending full time from the beginning of the term after their 5th birthday.  

You must still make your application for a school place before the closing date of 15 January 2021 even if you do not want your child to start school at the beginning of the autumn term.

Once you have received your offer letter you should discuss deferring entry with your child’s allocated school.

Delay entry

If your child was born between 1 April 2017 and 31 August 2017 you can request that admission into full time education is delayed until the following academic year (September 2022).  

You will then need to decide whether you want your child to enter full time education in Y1 (child’s chronological year group) or Reception (education out of year group), you must still make your application before 15 January 2021.  

Once you have made your application you must contact the admissions team about your request to delay entry and we will advise you on what happens next.   

Below is some guidance from the Department for Education regarding Summer Born (Delayed) Applications                                                                                                        

Guidance for parents September 2020

School information

Information about each school can be found in the Guide for Parents, on the school website or on the Ofsted Website.  Ofsted are changing the way in which they inspect and report on schools from September 2019.

Find out more information about how Ofsted is changing how it inspects schools