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Normal school admissions

Normal admission round and make an application, result of application, unsuccessful in gaining a place, not happy with allocated school and missed the application deadline.

Due to the closure of schools from Monday 23 March 2020, applications for school places may be delayed as a consequence. Due to current social distancing restrictions, we are unable at this time to accept incoming or make outgoing telephone calls. If you have an urgent query or request, please email schooladmissions@eastriding.gov.uk and we will endeavour to respond as quickly as we can If you do not have access to email or post and you need to contact us, you can leave a voice message by calling the telephone number below clearly leaving your child’s full name and date of birth, the nature of your query and your email or postal address for us to contact you back.  Please speak slowly and spell out any names or email addresses as may be needed – thank you.  This service has been put in place specifically for East Riding residents in relation to the allocation of primary school places for this September.  As in other years, we are expecting a high level of customer queries in April so please be patient whilst we get back to you. 

What is a normal admission round?

Normal admissions are when a child is starting school for the first time, transferring from an infant to a junior school at the end of Year 2, or transferring from a primary school to secondary education at the end of Year 6.

More detailed information about schools and admission is available in the booklets below:

Guide for Parents - Primary (pdf 1.3mb)

Guide for Parents - Secondary (pdf 4.4mb)

Different types of school

You can read a description of the different types of school eg. academies, free schools, faith schools, city technology colleges, state boarding schools and private schools on the GOV.UK website:

GOV.UK - Types of school - overview (external website)

How do I make an application for a school place?

The normal admissions round for first admission to infant, primary, junior and secondary school places for September 2021 will commence in September 2020 and more information about this process will be published closer to that date.

Deadline Dates 

For the 2021-2022 admissions round the closing date for applications for first admission to infant, primary or junior school is 15 January 2021.  The closing date for secondary applications is 31 October 2020.

When will I know the result of my application?

The results for secondary school applications made during the 2020-21 admissions round will be sent to parents on 2 March 2020. 

The results of infant and junior school applications and the applications for school places for children who were born between 1 September 2015 and 31 August 2016, made during the 2020-21 admissions round, will be sent to parents on 16 April 2020.

Below is information about what happened in the previous admissions round, including which schools were over-subscribed and what categories of children were given places under the schools' admission arrangements.  

Primary School Allocations 2020-2021

A summary of primary school allocations for 2020-2021 can be found via the link below:

Summary of primary school allocations for 2020-2021 (pdf 98kb)

Primary School Allocations 2019-2020

A summary of primary school allocations for 2019-2020 can be found via the link below:

Summary of primary school allocations for 2019-2020 (pdf 100kb)


Secondary School Allocations 2020-2021

A summary of secondary school allocations for 2020-2021 can be found via the link below:

Summary of secondary school allocations for 2020-2021 (pdf 96kb)

Secondary School Allocations 2019-2020

A summary of secondary school allocations for 2019-2020 can be found via the link below:

Summary of secondary school allocations for 2019-2020 (pdf 113kb)


I was unsuccessful in gaining a place at my preferred school. What are my options now?

All children living in the East Riding of Yorkshire whose parents apply for a school place will be given a school place. 

If a place cannot be given at a school named on the application form, the school admissions team will first try to give your child a place at your catchment area school. 

If this is not possible, the school admissions team will identify the nearest school in the East Riding of Yorkshire with a place available.

Waiting lists are maintained for places in the normal year of entry at East Riding of Yorkshire infant, junior, primary and secondary schools which are over-subscribed. A child’s name will be automatically put on the waiting list for a place at a school if the child has not been given a place at a school ranked as a higher preference. 

Waiting lists are renewed at the beginning of the autumn term. If you want your child’s name to remain on the waiting list until the end of the autumn term, you must contact the School Admissions Team in September. 

Waiting lists for the normal year of entry are then deleted at the end of the autumn term in December and are no longer used.  Waiting lists are not used for any other year groups.

What can I do if I am not happy with the school my child has been allocated?

Applicants refused a place at a school for their child will be given the right to appeal. Appeals will be heard by independent admission appeal panels.

You can find out more from the School admission appeals page.

What happens if I have missed the school application deadline?

You will not be able to apply online for a school place after the closing dates. 

You should contact the school admissions team for advice on what you should do.

Email: schooladmissions@eastriding.gov.uk

Tel: (01482) 392100 

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