Annual School Admission Procedures - September 2020 Entry

This page has details about school admissions in Knowsley for September 2020 entry.

Transfer to Secondary School (Year 7)

Allocation results were released on 2 March – if you have a query relating to your allocation result, you wish to make a late application or request a change of preference, please refer to the general advice and guidance further down this page.

Admission to Primary School (Reception Classes and Junior School) – National Offer Day

Primary school allocation results will be released on the national offer date of Thursday 16 April 2020.

  • Allocation letters will be issued to all Knowsley resident applicants by first class post.
  • Those who applied using a paper application form should wait for their allocation letter to arrive by post.
  • Online applicants should receive an email confirming their child’s allocation result – this will be sent as soon as possible 16 April to the email address stated in the application account - If no email has been received by 10am, please check your spam and junk folder before contacting the Admissions team with your query. 
  • Alternatively, online applicants can login to the parent portal on 16 April to see the offer status of their school preferences – you will require the email address and password used to create your account in order to login.
 Please note – 
  • To protect your personal data, the Admissions Team will not typically give out allocation results over the telephone until it is clear that the allocation letter/email has not arrived within the expected timeframes. Allocation information discussed by telephone will normally only be with the parent/carer who made the application and security checks will apply.
  • Any late or change of preference applications received after 16 April will not be processed until week commencing Monday 4 May.

Contacting the Admissions Team

  • Due to social distancing restrictions during COVID-19, alternative working arrangements are in place and the team will not always be available be telephone directly.
  • If you cannot find the answer to your query on this website, you can email or leave a voicemail by calling our usual telephone lines.
  • Officers will be available by telephone on 16 and 17 April between the hours of 9.30am and 4pm.
  • From week commencing 20 April, an officer will be available to take calls Monday to Friday between the hours 10am to 12noon – please call either 0151 443 5143 or 5142.
  • The team typically receive a high volume of telephone and email queries following national offer dates. We aim to respond to any allocation related queries within five working days but we do request your patience and understanding at this time as there could be delays.
  • The team do not hold information regarding specific admission arrangements for reception classes or transition to secondary school, you will receive this communication form schools directly once known.

General Advice and Guidance

The primary/secondary education information booklet is available to download from the links below – however, please also refer to the information below which reflects process changes due to altered working arrangements.

  • Primary composite prospectus 2020/21 (PDF)
  • Secondary composite prospectus 2020/21 (PDF)
  • Where a place has been offered in a Knowsley School, there is no requirement to formally accept the place – it is assumed that your child will take up this placement – the school have your details and will contact you.
  • If your circumstances change or your child no longer requires the place offered, you should contact Knowsley School Admissions without delay to confirm this.
  • 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 false information has been used to gain placement at an oversubscribed school.

Refusals: 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 can be found by following this link.

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 December 2020. 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 movement of other applicants. Please notify the admissions team if you have any change of circumstance that could affect your child’s place on a waiting list (e.g change of address).

Appeals: You have the right to appeal against any refusal decision to an independent appeal. Your allocation letter contains more information regarding the appeals process – if you wish to lodge an appeal against the refusal of a Knowsley school, the following procedures apply: 

  • Community Primary Schools: email to request an appeal form stating which school your appeal is for.
  • Academies/Church of England Schools: contact the individual school directly to request an appeal form.
  • Catholic schools: contact the Liverpool Archdiocese on 0151 522 1071 or visit the website.

Please be aware that delays to the usual appeal timetable are likely, and appeal hearings may have to be undertaken in a different format. Admission Authorities will follow guidance from the Department for Education and more information will be available as soon as possible. We currently request that appeals are lodged in accordance with the expected timetable to assist with the management of this process.

For information regarding the typical appeal timetable, please visit the appeals timetable page.
Late applications and making a change to your school preferences: If you live in Knowsley and have a child who is of age to start reception class at primary school or transfer to year 7 of secondary school and you have not yet applied for a place for September, or you wish to make a change to an existing application, please follow the link for more information.
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. If you live in another authority area and want to make a late application or change of preference for a Knowsley school, you must also contact your home authority who will co-ordinate this.



Secondary & Primary school admissions – 0151 443 5142/5143
In-Year Admissions – 0151 443 3372/3373

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