COVID-19 Update

Schools are currently closed for most children due to Covid-19, except for key worker and vulnerable children. They are currently working to open more widely to Reception, Year 1 and Year 6 pupils from 15th June.

Secondary schools are also working to offer some face to face support for year 10 students before the end of the summer term.

The admissions team will continue to offer school places in line with the council’s policy but most school applications will now be offered for a September start.

When an offer has been made for an immediate start in one of the year groups above, parents should be aware that there may still be a delay in their child being admitted.

Schools will advise parents when they are open for the year group in question and when it is possible for their child to start. Please be aware that the admissions process is likely to continue to take longer than usual through this period.


Apply for a place

You can apply online for a school place if you:

  • live in Brighton & Hove and your child needs to start school for the first time
  • live in Brighton & Hove and your child needs to move up to junior or secondary school in September
  • want your child to move to a Brighton & Hove school at any other time

If you want to apply for a place at a private school, please get in touch with the school to find out how you can apply.

You can also apply for a school place by printing and completing a paper form.

School application deadlines

School Deadline Start in
Infant or primary (reception) or junior (year 3) 15 January 2020 September 2020
Secondary (year 7) 31 October 2019

Other deadlines and important dates:

What happens if you apply late

If you apply late for a school place it is less likely that you will be offered a place at one of your preferred schools and you may have to wait to get an offer of a school place after the National Offer Day.

If there’s a good reason why the school application is late, we will consider it as on time if we receive it by 21 January for secondary school or 8 March for infant and primary school.

You must provide independent supporting evidence of the good reason, or your application will be treated as late.

When you’ll hear from us

If you apply online we'll email you on the national offer day to let you know which school place has been offered to your child.

If you apply by post, we will send a letter to you in the first class post on the same day.

School National Offer Day
Infant or primary (reception) or junior (year 3) 16 April 2020
Secondary (year 7) 2 March 2020

More information

Download our school application guides for more information about applying for school.