Primary School Sept 2023
The school admissions online application round, for children starting in reception class in September 2023, opens on Friday 16 September 2022.
Apply for a primary school place online
The online application process closes at midnight on Sunday 15 January 2023.
Before completing and submitting your application it is recommended that you read Educating your Child booklet. This will provide you with further information on the admissions process. We strongly recommend that you consider using all the preferences available to you when making your application.
Children due to start primary school in September 2023 must be born on or between 1 September 2018 and 31 August 2019.
Online Application Process
Once you have set up an account online. You can start and submit your application. Your online account will allow you to log in and view or amend your application at any time up until the closing date. Once you have submitted your application online you will receive an email. Please check that you receive the confirmation email. If you do not receive the confirmation email within 24 hours please contact us using the School Admissions Contact information (iow.gov.uk).
Leading up to the closing date emails will be sent out to remind parents/guardians to submit the online application that has been started. You will also receive this email if you review your application and click un-submit without realising.
If you receive a reminder email to submit your application prior to the closing date, please do not ignore this, you may have double clicked and inadvertently unsubmitted the application. If you do receive the reminder to submit your application email you can either log in to your online account and check. Or contact School Admissions to check for you. School Admissions Contact information (iow.gov.uk).
By law children must start school at the start of the term following their fifth birthday. Or if your child is born during the Summer Term, they must be on the school roll by the start of the Summer Term 2023. Most children will start school when they are four years old. Before completing your application you should read our Educating your Child booklet. This will provide you with further information on the admissions process.
If you are applying for a place at a church aided primary school please contact the school direct. Church aided primary schools may require you to complete their supplementary information form. The supplementary information form needs to be completed and sent to the appropriate school. Please submit these forms by the time stated in their admissions policy. This needs to be completed before Sunday 15 January 2023 and returned direct to the school. Supplementary information forms returned to the schools after the closing date will also be processed as late.
All primary schools will hold Open Days, further information on these will be provided by each of the schools.
Postal Application Process
Download an application form
Print and complete the form
Return completed form to: School Admissions and Transport, County Hall, Newport, Isle of Wight, PO30 1UD
If you cannot download the application form to complete you can request a paper application form from the School Admissions and Transport service by using the details found in the contact tab above.
Please note: that all applications received after the closing date are considered as 'Late' and will be processed after those applications that were received by the published closing date of midnight on Sunday 15 January 2023.
Additional information for church aided primary school applications
If you are applying for a place at a church aided primary school please contact the school direct. You may need to complete their supplementary information form.
The supplementary information form needs to be returned to the appropriate school by the closing date of Sunday 15 January 2023. The information provided on this form will enable them to rank your application. This is in accordance with their oversubscription criteria.
Arreton St Georges CE Primary School,
Brighstone CE Primary School,
Oakfield CE Primary School.
Do not need a supplementary form to be completed.
Application closing date
The closing date for primary school applications was midnight on Sunday 15 January 2023.
Please note: all applications and changes received after the closing date will be considered as 'Late'. They will be processed after the applications that were received by the published closing date.
National Offer Day
National Offer Day is the day parents will be notified by the School Admissions and Transport team with an offer of a place at a primary school. National Offer Day for Primary school places is Monday 17 April 2023.
Parents / guardians who applied online by the closing date will receive an email from the local authority on the 17 April 2023 notifying them of the school where a place has been allocated for their child. Letters will also be sent second class on this day to those parents / guardians who did not apply online and those who will be receiving additional information.
School Admissions are not able to confirm the child's allocated primary school by telephone.
Waiting Lists will be established for the first time on Tuesday 2 May 2023.
By law children must start school at the start of the term following their fifth birthday. Or if your child is born during the Summer Term, they must be on the school roll by the start of the Summer Term 2022. Most children will start school when they are four years old.
If you would like to search for the primary school nearest to your home address, please use the online map. The nearest school to the home address, as stated in the admissions policies of all schools, is measured in a straight line using the local authority’s geographical information system (GIS). It starts from the centre of the building of the home address to the centre of the school building. This information cannot be used as an assessment of your child's nearest school for transport entitlement.
View the Home to School Transport Policy
View the Location of Primary Schools Map
The last date that applications or changes to existing applications can be made prior to this date is the Friday 31 March 2023. The system will then close down to enable the process for the allocation of primary school places to take place. The system will reopen on Monday 24 April 2023. All new applications or changes to details on original applications will be processed from this date. Any changes to existing applications must be received in writing. Please send your changes to School Admissions Contact information (iow.gov.uk).
September 2023 Admissions Policies
Admissions Policies for Community and Voluntary Controlled Schools:
Admissions Policies for Voluntary Aided, Foundation and Trust Schools and Academies: