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) - National Offer Day

Secondary school transfer allocation results will be released on the national offer date of Monday 2 March 2020.

  • Allocation letters will be posted to all Knowsley resident applicants by first class post on 2 March 2020
  • Those who applied using a paper application form must wait for their allocation letter to arrive by post – this could be up to three working days
  • Online applicants should receive an email confirming their child’s allocation result – this will be sent at approximately 9am on Monday 2 March 2020 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 may wish to login to the Parent Portal after 9am on Monday 2 March 2020 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
  • The Admissions Team experience a high volume of telephone and email queries following national offer dates. Your patience is appreciated and we will aim to respond to any allocation related queries within three working days
  • Any late or change of preference applications received after 2 March 2020 will not be processed until after week commencing Monday 18 March 2020

More information that may assist with your query is provided below and in the ‘Secondary Education Admissions’ information booklet which is available to download from the link below – this includes information in respect of making a late application, requesting a change of preference and the appeals process.

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 in September
  • If, for any reason, your child no longer requires the place you should contact Knowsley School Admissions without delay to confirm this and the reason why the place is not required
  • 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, your child’s name will normally be placed on a waiting list for the school where a place has been refused, Waiting lists will remain open throughout the Autumn term until December 2020. You also have the right to appeal against any refusal decision to an independent appeal panel.
Appeals: Your allocation letter will contain 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: please request an appeal form from the school admissions team stating which school your appeal is for.
  • Academies/Church of England Schools: please contact the individual school directly to request an appeal form.
  • Catholic schools: please contact the Liverpool Archdiocese on 0151 522 1071, alternatively visit the Liverpool Archdiocese website.

Appeals Timetable: For more information regarding the appeals timetable, please visit the appeals timetable page.
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.

Admission to Primary School (Reception Classes and Junior School)

The national application deadline for 2020 primary school reception class admission and transfer to St Margaret Mary’s Junior School (Year 3 places) has now passed. Parents/carers who wish to submit a late application or request a change of preference should contact Knowsley School Admissions Team for further advice, or refer to the information provided in the ‘Primary Education Admissions’ information booklet which is available to download below.

Primary Composite Prospectus 2020/21 (PDF)

Primary school allocation results will be released on 16 April 2020 – letters will be posted to all Knowsley resident applicants by first class post on this date and should arrive within three working days.

Online applicants will receive an email or can login to the parent portal after 9am on 16 April 2020 to receive their allocation result – a link will be available on this page to access the parent portal closer to the time.


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