Annual School Admission Procedures - September 2020 Entry

The application period for 2020 entry to reception class of primary school and year 7 of secondary education is now open for Knowsley residents.

  • If your child’s birthday falls on or between 1 September 2015 to 31 August 2016 you can apply for a reception class place – the national closing date for applications is 15 January 2020.
  • If your child is currently in Year 6 at primary school, and typically has a date of birth that falls on or between 1 September 2008 to 31 August 2009, now is the time to apply for your secondary place – the national closing date for applications is 31 October 2019.

The Knowsley application is for use by Knowsley residents only, if you live in another authority you must apply on your home authority’s application, but you can name primary and secondary schools in Knowsley as preferences if you wish.
The Local Authority produce a composite prospectus (Information for Parents) which provides detailed information to guide parents/carers through the admissions process. Before applying for your primary (reception class) place or secondary school place for September 2020, please read the relevant Information for Parents Booklet:

Open evenings

We recommend you visit the schools you are interested in to help you decide on your preferences. Each school will have a free prospectus containing information about them.

Please remember, attending these events has no effect on how places are offered but will provide an insight as to what the schools can offer.

Knowsley secondary school open days/evenings


School Date Time
Halewood Academy
The Avenue, Wood Road,
Halewood, L26 1UU
Thursday 19 September 2019 4.30pm to 7pm
Kirkby High School (Academy)
Bracknell Avenue, Southdene,
Kirkby, L32 9PP
Thursday 19 September 2019

Open Mornings
Tuesday 17 September 2019
Wednesday 18 September 2019
6pm to 8.30pm

9am to 11am (both Open Mornings)
Lord Derby Academy
Seel Road,
Huyton, L36 6DG
Thursday 12 September 2019

Open Morning
Saturday 28 September 2019
5pm to 7.30pm

10am to 12pm
The Prescot School (Academy)
Knowsley Park Lane,
Prescot, L34 3NB
Thursday 3 October 2019 4pm to 7pm

Voluntary aided

School Date Time
All Saints Catholic High School
Roughwood Drive, Northwood,
Kirkby, L33 8XF
Thursday 12 September 2019 6pm to 8pm
St Edmund Arrowsmith Catholic High School
Cumber Lane,
Whiston, L35 2XG
Thursday 26 September 2019 6pm to 8.30pm

For enquiries regarding primary school open evenings or open days, please contact the individual primary schools directly.

Applying online

To make an online application, you will need to create a user account. To do this you will need an email account.

When your application has been completed and submitted, you should receive a confirmation email. Please keep this email as proof that you have submitted an application. If for any reason you do not receive an email confirming submission, please contact Knowsley school admissions.

Click on the link below to apply for a school place online.

Apply for primary or secondary education through the Knowsley Admissions Portal

Paper applications

Please complete the application in the back of the relevant Information for Parents booklet and return by post to Knowsley School Admissions to the address on the form or by hand to a Knowsley Primary School. You should be issued with a receipt to confirm your application has been received. If you do not receive a receipt within 14 days of submission, please contact Knowsley School Admissions.

Junior school transfer

The Admissions Team also co-ordinate the annual transfer to year 3 in St Margaret Mary's Catholic Junior School. Information in relation to this process will be sent directly to parents/carers of all year 2 pupils attending St Margaret Mary's Catholic Infant School during the Autumn first half term. Parents/carers of children attending other infant/primary schools may also wish to apply. Applications can be made using the online application facility or by contacting the School Admissions Team to request a paper application form.

The closing date for junior transfer applications to this school is Wednesday 15 January 2020.

Supplementary forms for faith primary schools

Knowsley Catholic and Church of England primary schools have a supplementary form that ALL APPLICANTS need to complete if they wish their application to be considered under certain criteria of the admission policy. These forms are available directly from the individual schools or can be found on the Supplementary Information Forms section of this website.

Who to contact

Write to or make an appointment to visit:

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


Phone: Primary and Secondary School Admissions - 0151 443 5142/5143
In Year Admissions - 0151 443 3372/3373