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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.


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 and we would recommend that you read the appropriate guide for parents before making an application:

Starting Secondary School in September 2021 - a guide for parents (pdf 2.01mb opens in new window)

Starting Junior School in September 2021 - a guide for parents (pdf 1.07mb opens in new window)

Starting Primary or Infant School in September 2021 - a guide for parents (pdf 2.54mb opens in new window)


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)

Catchment Areas

Most schools in the East Riding of Yorkshire have a defined catchment area. Children living in a school's catchment area have a high priority for a place at the school.  An interactive map showing school catchment areas in East Riding of Yorkshire can be found here:

East Riding of Yorkshire School Catchment Area Map (external website)

Some schools do not have catchment areas. These are the Roman Catholic primary schools in the area. For details of the admissions arrangements for these schools, see the Guide for Parents - Primary available above.

How do I make an application for a school place?

You can make an application in the normal admissions round using the link below to access our Citizen Portal.  Through this secure site you can then apply for your child's first, junior or secondary school place.  Citizen Portal is available from 1 September 2020 until the closing date of 31 October 2020 for secondary applications or 15 January 2021 for infant, primary and junior applications.

Apply for a school place online

Parents of children starting secondary school next year will start to receive letters over the coming days with more information about the process, whilst information for parents of children starting infant/primary and junior school will be sent later on in September.

A helpful user guide for the Citizen Portal is available here:

Citizen Portal User Guide (pdf 2.14mb opens in new window)

Important Notice: You cannot use the My Account link at the top of this page to register for or to apply online for a school place.  You must go to the Citizen Portal by clicking on the link above and then follow the instructions on screen.

Deadline dates

Infant, primary or junior schools

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

Secondary schools

The closing date for secondary applications is 31 October 2020.


How we use your data

If you have any questions about how the data you provide in a school admissions application is dealt with, please see our privacy notice:

School Admissions Privacy Notice (pdf 175 kb opens in new window)

When will I know the result of my application?

The results for secondary school applications made during the 2021-22 admissions round will be sent to parents on 1 March 2021. 

The results of infant and junior school applications and the applications for school places for children who were born between 1 September 2016 and 31 August 2017, made during the 2021-2022 admissions round, will be sent to parents on 16 April 2021.

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 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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