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Citizen Portal user guide (PDF, 383KB) – How to register an account and start your school application.

Starting school for the first time (September 2022)

Children born between 1 September 2017 and 31 August 2018 will be starting school for the first time (Reception year) in September 2022.

Letter to parents/carers of children due to start school for the first time in September 2022 (PDF, 228KB)

The application period opens on 9 November 2021 and will close on 15 January 2022.

How to apply

  • Online through the Citizen Portal. You will need an active email address to register an account and make your application. Applicants through the Citizen Portal will receive their school allocation decision by email on 19 April 2022.
  • Fill in the online Common Application Form (CAF). You do not need to register an account to use this form. Applicants through an online application will receive their school allocation decision by letter, posted out on 19 April 2022.
  • Download and print the Common Application Form (PDF, 146KB)  , or request a copy from the School Admissions team. CAFs may also be available from your child’s nursery school or preferred primary school office. Applicants through CAF will receive their school allocation decision by letter, posted out on 19 April 2022.

If you have any queries regarding the above process, please email the School Admissions team at schooladmissions@nelincs.gov.uk or call 01472 326291 (option 4).

Transfer of pupils from infant to junior school (September 2022)

If your child is currently in year 2 at an infant school they will be transferring to year 3 at a junior school in September 2022.

Letter to parents/carers of children due to transfer from infant to junior school in September 2022 (PDF, 198KB)

The application period opens on 9 November 2021 and will close on 15 January 2022.

How to apply

  • Online through the Citizen Portal. You will need an active email address to register an account and make your application. Applicants through the Citizen Portal will receive their school allocation decision by email on 19 April 2022.
  • Fill in online Common Application Form (CAF). You do not need to register an account to use this form. Applicants through an online application will receive their school allocation decision by letter, posted out on 19 April 2022.
  • Download and print Common Application Form (PDF, 144KB)  , or request a copy from the School Admissions team. CAFs will also be available from your child’s current infant school. Applicants through CAF will receive their school allocation decision by letter, posted out on 19 April 2022.

If you have any queries regarding the above process, please email the School Admissions team at schooladmissions@nelincs.gov.uk or call 01472 326291 (option 4).

Transfer of pupils from primary to secondary school (September 2022)

Children born between 1st September 2010 and 31st August 2011 are due to start secondary school in September 2022.

Parents and carers are asked to apply for a school place between 2 September 2021 and 31 October 2021. 

You should receive the letter primary to secondary start of process letter (PDF, 205KB) prior to the close of July 2021. This letter explains the process and details schools open evenings being held in September 2021.

How to apply

In year admissions (admissions outside of the ‘normal’ admissions round)

If you are considering transferring schools within North East Lincolnshire we advise you to read the information on in year admissions for parents and carers (PDF, 326KB) .

NELC In Year Admission Scheme 2021 – 2022 (PDF, 147KB)

How to apply

Recently moved in to North East Lincolnshire?

If you are the parent or carer of a pupil who has recently moved into North East Lincolnshire, and are not currently attending a school in the area then please complete our online form.

Applying for a school when moving into North East Lincolnshire (In year common application)


Contact details

School Admissions Team, Civic Offices, Knoll Street, Cleethorpes, North East Lincolnshire, Dn35 8LN

Email: schooladmissions@nelincs.gov.uk

Telephone: 01472 326291 option 4

Opening times: Monday to Thursday 8:30am to 5pm and Friday 8:30am to 4:30pm, except bank holidays