Apply now: don't miss the deadline for primary school applications

02 January 2024
A smiling child in school uniform by the front door as a parent takes a photo on their phone

Parents across Wirral are reminded that applications for admission into Wirral primary schools next autumn must be made by Monday 15 January 2024.

All parents of children born between 1 September 2019 and 31 August 2020 should have received a leaflet from their child’s preschool telling them how to apply.

Parents have to apply for a primary school place for their child by the deadline of 15 January to give their child the best chance of getting a place at one of their preferred schools.

Parents can give up to three preferences when they make their application, and rank their preferred schools to show which would be their first, second, third preference. Schools are not told what rank parents have given to their school.

Wirral operates an equal preference system when considering school admission applications. This means that each of the school preferences given by a parent on their application form will be considered at the same time. If, as a result of this, the system shows that a place could be offered at more than one school, their child will be offered a place at the school ranked highest amongst those named on the application form by parents.

Applications can be made on-line on the School Admissions website. Parents who cannot apply on-line can complete a paper application form. The deadline for postal applications is 5 pm on Monday 15 January, and for on-line applications is midnight on Monday 15 January.

For more information and to make an on-line application visit

Offers will be sent to parents/carers on Tuesday 16th April 2024 by e-mail for online applicants, or by second class post for paper form applicants.