Annual School Admission Procedures - September 2023 entry

The national application deadline for 2023 secondary school year 7 and primary school reception class places has now passed.

The online application portal will remain open for any Knowsley resident wishing to make a late application or a change of preference (revised application) after National Offer Day. For more information, visit the late applications and making a change page.

  • Secondary school year 7 allocation results will be available on the Secondary National Offer Date of Wednesday 1 March 2023
  • Primary school reception class allocation results will be available on the Primary National Offer Date of Monday 17 April 2023

Knowsley residents who applied via the online application portal, will receive their allocation result by accessing the portal and/or by email on the respective National Offer Date.
Other applicants will be issued with their allocation result by letter posted on National Offer Day (this could take up to three working days to arrive).

No information regarding allocation outcomes will be available until National Offer Date and, to protect your personal data, allocation information discussed by telephone will normally only be with the named applicant and security checks may apply.

  • Where a place has been offered in a Knowsley School, there is no requirement to formally accept the place as it is assumed that your child will take up this placement in September.
  • If your child no longer requires the place you should contact Knowsley School Admissions by email to confirm this and the reason why the place is not required – please note the Local Authority will not typically withdraw places once they are offered unless it is confirmed that alternative education provision is in place for the child or in the circumstance that a place has been offered in error or obtained through false information being provided on the application.


Where you have been refused a higher preference school than that allocated, it is because other applicants had a higher priority for the available places when the individual school oversubscription criteria was applied. For Knowsley schools, a breakdown of how places were allocated at schools that were oversubscribed in the allocation of on-time applications will be available after national offer day on this website at: Allocation details for oversubscribed schools 2023

Waiting lists

Your child’s name will normally be on a waiting list for any school where a place has been refused. Waiting lists will remain open until the end of the autumn term in December 2023 and, if a place becomes available for your child from a waiting list, you will be contacted. You can contact the admissions team to find out where your child is currently placed on a Knowsley school waiting list, but please be aware that waiting lists are ‘live’ and your child can move up or down the list depending on the activity of other applicants. Please notify the admissions team by email if you have any change of circumstance that could affect your child’s place on a waiting list (eg change of address).


You have the right to appeal against any refusal of a school place to an independent appeal panel – more information can be found on the appeal page.
More detailed information can be found in the admissions pages of this website or in the Admissions Composite Prospectus

The LA Admissions Team do not hold information regarding specific admission arrangements for reception classes or transition to secondary school, you will receive this communication directly from the school your child has been allocated as soon as possible.
The Admissions Team receive a high volume of telephone and email queries following national offer dates. We aim to respond to any allocation related enquiry within 5 working days but we do request your patience and understanding as there could be delays.
If your enquiry relates to accepting an offer of place, the refusal of a school, waiting list placements or making an appeal for schools in other local authority areas, you must contact that authority directly for information or visit their website.

Who to contact:

Email: [email protected]

Telephone contacts:
Telephone contact hours are Monday to Friday 10am to 12noon, or an answerphone facility is available to leave a message/request a call back.  Telephone contact hours are extended in the week immediately following national offer dates.

Primary & Secondary school admissions – 0151 443 5142/5143
In Year Admissions – 0151 443 3372
Write to:

Knowsley Council
School Admissions
Education Improvement Team
PO Box 21
Municipal Buildings
Archway Road
L36 9YU

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