In-year transfers/new arrivals

In Year applications for primary school places are dealt with according to the timetable published on our website in the “how decisions are made” (see below). Please check details to see when you should receive a decision on your application:

In-year transfers

When a child enters primary school or transfers at 11 to secondary school, it is normally expected that they will continue at their school throughout their school career. We recognise however, that there may be specific limited circumstances where a parent or guardian considers a transfer request to be appropriate. As a parent, please think carefully before making an in-year transfer request. A change of school may not be the solution and if undertaken hastily may worsen the situation. There is clear evidence that the attainment levels of children who move schools are significantly lower than those who remain at the same school throughout their primary education. If you wish your child to transfer schools within Coventry please contact the school your child currently attends to discuss your request with them. This will give an opportunity to resolve any difficulties with the school. Parents considering a transfer should also take into account that if you choose to move your child transport assistance will not be available.

How to apply

All primary schools in Coventry except All Souls Catholic Primary School and St Mary’s & St Benedict’s Catholic Primary School are part of the Coventry co-ordinated admissions scheme. This however, does not include Independent fee-paying schools (please contact these schools directly) and Special Educational Needs Schools which are for children who have an Education, Health and Care Plan (details of how to apply)

For anyone making an application, please view the individual schools' admissions policies. This will show you how each school will prioritise your application. Schools will often give applications for those living in the catchment area, or who have a sibling at the school a higher priority, and the details are available in the school policy or the primary admissions booklet.

Applying for a Coventry school (except All Souls and St Mary and St Benedict Primaries)

Please complete the primary in-year application form.

If you are currently living overseas, and intend to move to Coventry, please note that foreign nationals who do not normally reside in the UK but who wish to apply for a state-funded school place, must check that their children have an immigration status which permits them to enter the UK to access a state-funded school before applying. Please see further details at

Applicants for Leigh C of E Primary School and Seva School may also need to complete a supplementary information form to enable school governors to fully consider their application against faith-based oversubscription criteria. The supplementary forms can either be obtained directly from the schools or by following the links below.

Please return completed supplementary forms directly to the school.

How decisions are made

All applications received between the dates shown in the table below will be assessed and decisions will be sent out via letter/email as listed. Please note that admissions decisions are made during term time only.

Application dates
Round Opening date Closing date Decision emails
1 Wednesday 12 July 2023 Thursday 31 August 2023 Thursday 7 September 2023 
2 Friday 1 September 2023 Tuesday 5 September 2023  Wednesday 13 September 2023 
3 Wednesday 16 September 2023  Tuesday 12 September 2023 Wednesday 20 September 2023
4 Wednesday 13 September 2023 Tuesday 19 September 2023 Wednesday 27 September 2023
5 Wednesday 20 September 2023 Tuesday 26 September 2023 Wednesday 4 October 2023
6 Wednesday 27 September 2023 Tuesday 3 October 2023 Wednesday 11 October 2023
7 Wednesday 4 October 2023 Tuesday 10 October 2023 Wednesday 18 October 2023
8 Wednesday 11 October 2023 Tuesday 17 October 2023 Wednesday 25 October 2023

Half term 30 October 2023 - 03 November 2023

Round Opening date Closing date Decision emails
9 Wednesday 18 October 2023 Tuesday 24 October 2023 Wednesday 8 November 2023
10 Wednesday 25 October 2023 Tuesday 7 November 2023 Wednesday 15 November 2023
11 Wednesday 8 November 2023 Tuesday 14 November 2023 Wednesday 22 November 2023 
12 Wednesday 15 November 2023  Tuesday 21 November 2023  Wednesday 29 November 2023
13 Wednesday 22 November 2023 Tuesday 28 November 2023 Wednesday 6 December 2023
14 Wednesday 29 November 2023 Tuesday 5 December 2023 Wednesday 13 December 2023
15 Wednesday 6 December 2023 Tuesday 12 December 2023 Wednesday 20 December 2023

Christmas holidays 25 December 2023 - 5 January 2024

Round Opening date Closing date Decision emails
16 Wednesday 13 December 2023  Tuesday 19 December 2023  Wednesday 10 January 2024 
17 Wednesday 20 December 2023 Tuesday 9 January 2024 Wednesday 17 January 2024
18 Wednesday 10 January 2024 Tuesday 16 January 2024 Wednesday 24 January 2024
19 Wednesday 17 January 2024 Tuesday 23 January 2024 Wednesday 31 January 2024
20 Wednesday 24 January 2024 Tuesday 30 January 2024 Wednesday 7 February 2024

Half term 12 February 2024 - 16 February 2024

Application dates
Round Opening date Closing date Decision emails
21 Wednesday 31 January 2024 Tuesday 6 February 2024 Wednesday 21 February 2024 
22 Wednesday 7 February 2024 Tuesday 20 February 2024  Wednesday 28 February 2024
23 Wednesday 21 February 2024  Tuesday 27 February 2024 Wednesday 6 March 2024
24 Wednesday 28 February 2024 Tuesday 5 March 2024 Wednesday 13 March 2024
25 Wednesday 6 March 2024 Tuesday 12 March 2024 Wednesday 20 March 2024

Easter holidays 25 March 2024 - 5 April 2024

Application dates
Round Opening date Closing date Decision emails
26  Wednesday 13 March 2024    Tuesday 19 March 2024    Wednesday 10 April 2024  
27  Wednesday 20 March 2024  Tuesday 9 April 2024  Wednesday 17 April 2024 
28  Wednesday 10 April 2024  Tuesday 16 April 2024  Wednesday 24 April 2024
29 Wednesday 17 April 2024  Tuesday 29 April 2024  Wednesday 1 May 2024
30 Wednesday 24 April 2024  Tuesday 30 April 2024  Wednesday 8 May 2024
31 Wednesday 1 May 2024  Tuesday 7 May 2023  Wednesday 15 May 2024
32 Wednesday 8 May 2024  Tuesday 14 May 2024  Wednesday 22 May 2024

Half term 27 May 2024 - 31 May 2024

Application dates
Round Opening date Closing date Decision emails
33 Wednesday 15 May 2024   Tuesday 21 May 2024   Wednesday 5 June 2024 
34 Wednesday 22 May 2024  Tuesday 4 June 2024   Wednesday 12 June 2024 
35 Wednesday 5 June 2024  Tuesday 11 June 2024   Wednesday 19 June 2024
36 Wednesday 12 June 2024   Tuesday 18 June 2024  Wednesday 26 June 2024
37 Wednesday 19 June 2024  Tuesday 25 June 2024  Wednesday 3 July 2024
38 Wednesday 26 June 2024  Tuesday 2 July 2024  Wednesday 10 July 2024
39 Wednesday 3 July 2024  Tuesday 9 July 2024 Wednesday 17 July 2024

Where an application is unsuccessful letters/emails will set out the reason for refusal and information about the right to appeal. Your child will be placed on the waiting list for the school requested and you will have the right to appeal to an independent appeals panel. For information on a school's waiting list and appeal process, please view the school's admissions policies.

Further general information about the appeals process.

Please note: If we are unable to offer you any of the schools you requested and your child does not have a school place you will be asked to contact the School Admissions Team to discuss alternative schools with places available within 10 school days of receipt of your letter/email. The local authority legally must make sure that your child is offered a school place, and will allocate a place at the nearest school with a space available.

Applying for All Souls Catholic Primary and St Mary & St Benedict’s Catholic Primary Schools

If you wish to apply for in-year admission at either All Souls Primary and St Mary & St Benedict’s Primary Schools, you should contact the school directly (details below) for admission or apply for these and other schools on the online application form and we will pass your request to the listed schools.

All Souls R.C Primary

Linsey Rae, School Business Manager
T: 024 7667 5836
A: Abercorn Road, Coventry, CV5 8ED

St Mary and St Benedict R.C. Primary School

Julie Anderton, Clerical Officer
T: 024 7622 9486
A: Leigh Street, Hillfields, Coventry, CV1 5HG

Whatever year group your child is in, it’s important that if you are considering moving schools, you need to make sure that the school you choose is the right one for your child. The best way to find this out is to visit the school you are interested in - speak to the headteacher (with an appointment) if you can.

Further information about each school can be found on the school contact pages.

Application for places outside the normal age group

Where a parent/carer seeks a place for their child outside their normal age group, they must state which year group they are requesting and why they want this year group on the application form. Parents/carers will then be contacted to discuss the matter further as requests will be considered on the circumstances of each case and in the child’s best interests. Each school governing body will need to make an individual decision. There are no guarantees that such applications will be agreed. However, where the application is not agreed a letter setting out the decision and reasons for it will be provided along with any rights to appeal.

Further information for parents and schools to consider in dealing with applications outside the normal age group.

Fair Access Protocol

The Coventry Fair Access Protocol ensures that, outside the normal admissions round, unplaced children are offered a place at a suitable school as quickly as possible. This protocol does not apply to Looked After Children or pupils who have an Education, Health and Care Plan. The protocol also seeks to ensure that no school - including those with available places - is asked to take a disproportionate number of children who have been excluded from other schools, or who have challenging behaviour.

Further details of the protocol are available from the Inclusion and Attendance team.


If you decide to move your child, the Local Authority will not provide free transport even if you live outside the travel limits for the school (two miles for key stage 1 and three miles for key stage 2). Remember the journey to a new school may involve additional buses, extra costs and travelling time.

Admissions team - Primary

Monday to Thursday: 8.30am – 5pm, Friday: 8.30am - 4.30pm Telephone line available 10am - 3.30pm.

Telephone: 024 7697 5445