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How to apply for a school place

Find out how to enrol your child into a school place in Bedford Borough. This is for primary schools (starting school), middle school, secondary school and upper school.

2020 admission rounds timetable

Transfer to upper school 

(Date of birth range 01/09/06 - 31/08/07)

  • Round: Open from 12 September 2019
  • Closing Date: 31 October 2019
  • Decisions Published: 2 March 2020

Transfer to secondary school 

(Date of birth range 01/09/08 - 31/08/09)

  • Round: Open from 12 September 2019
  • Closing Date: 31 October 2019
  • Decisions Published: 2 March 2020

Transfer to middle school

(Date of birth range 01/09/10 - 31/08/11)

  • Round: Open from 26 September 2019
  • Closing Date: 15 January 2020
  • Decisions Published: 16 April 2020

Starting school 

(Date of birth range 01/09/15 - 31/08/16)

  • Round: Open from 26 September 2019
  • Closing Date: 15 January 2020
  • Decisions Published: 16 April 2020

Transfer to upper school

Parents of children attending middle school who need to transfer to an upper school will receive a 'Transfer to Upper School Information Sheet 2020' at the start of Year 8, which explains how to apply for a school place.

We strongly recommend you apply online for a place. This will be available to you at the beginning of the admissions process.

It is important you read the School transfer booklet (PDF) first, where you can find information about open days/evenings.

If you are unable to access the online system, you can download the Transfer to Upper school application form (PDF).

  • Closing date for applications: 31 October 2019
  • National offer day: 2 March 2020

If you have applied online, you will receive an email to let you know the outcome of your application. You can also log into your account to access the result of your application, as the results will be posted to the online system overnight.

If you have not applied online, we will post a letter to you on this day.  

If you have not been offered a place at your first preference school, you can find information about the number of applications and places offered at each school (PDF) and how to lodge an appeal.

Transfer to secondary school

Most parents will need their children to transfer to secondary school at 11+ (the end of year 6).

Parents of children attending primary schools and those in Year 6 at Westfield School will receive a 'Transfer to Secondary School Information Sheet 2020' at the start of Year 6, which explains how to apply for a school place

We strongly recommend you apply online online for a place. This will be available to you at the beginning of the admissions process.

Make sure you read the School transfer booklet (PDF) first.

If you need a paper application form, download a transfer to secondary school application form (PDF).

  • Closing Date for applications: 31 October 2019
  • National offer day: 2 March 2020

If you have applied online, you will receive an email to let you know the outcome of your application. In addition, as the results will be posted to the online system overnight, you can log into your account to access the result of your application.

If you have not applied online, we will post a letter to you on this day.

Those of you who have not been offered a place at your first preference school will also be sent a copy of this information sheet which provides you with information about the number of applications and places offered at each school, and how to lodge an appeal.

Transfer to middle school

In 2019 there will only be two lower schools remaining in Bedford Borough as most lower schools will have converted to primary schools. Parents of children attending the two remaining lower schools will receive a Transfer to Middle School Information Sheet 2020 at the start of Year 4, which explains how to apply for a school place.

If your child is attending a local authority lower school that will not be converting to a primary school and is due to transfer to middle school in September 2020, you will receive an information sheet from your child's current school during the Autumn term 2019.

To help you with this process we have produced a  School transfer booklet (PDF) where you can find information about open days/evenings

We strongly recommend that you apply for a school place using the online facility, which will be available to you at the start of the admissions process.

If you have applied online, you will receive an email to let you know the outcome of your application. In addition, as the results will be posted to the online system overnight, you can log into your account to access the result of your application. 

If you are unable to access the online system you can download the transfer to middle school application form (PDF). If you have not applied online, we will post a letter to you on this day. Those of you who have not been offered a place at your first preference school will also be sent a copy of this information sheet which provides you with information about the number of applications and places offered at each school, and how to lodge an appeal.

  • Closing dates for applications: 15 January 2020
  • National Offer Day: 16 April 2020

Children attending a lower school will also be able to apply for a Year 5 place at a primary school in accordance with the provisions of this scheme for In Year admissions.

Admissions to lower/primary schools (starting school)

Children are normally admitted to school at the start of or during the reception year, that is the school year in which they become 5. Parents of children due to be admitted to school at this time will be required to make an application to the Local Authority where they live. A Starting School Information Sheet 2020, which explains how to apply for a school place, will be available from the date at which the round opens (see above). 

We strongly recommend you apply online for a place. This facility will be available to you at the start of the admissions process.  Make sure you read the Starting School Booklet (PDF) first.

If you can't access the internet, download the Starting School application form (PDF) or contact Schools Admissions Service for the information.

In-year applications

If you move into the area during the school year or you wish to change your child's school, you will need to complete an In-year Application Form (Word, 3.3MB).

Before completing the application form please read the In-Year Admissions Guidance Notes (PDF) which explains the arrangements for applying for a school place.

If you are applying on Religious Grounds, please remember to complete the appropriate Confirmation of Religious Affiliation Form, which is part of the In-Year application form. 

The In-Year Application Form is also available from schools or from the School Admissions Service.

If you need any further advice or help in completing any of the application forms you can contact us on the School Admissions general enquiries line: 01234 718120.

In-year applications no longer have to be co-ordinated by the local authority in which the child lives. You must apply to the school or the local authority where the school is. This came into effect in September 2013. For Bedford Borough schools applications should be made to school admissions.

Contact School Admissions 

Email: admissions@bedford.gov.uk 
Tel: 01234 718120

Borough Hall
Cauldwell Street
Bedford MK42 9AP

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