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

National Primary Offers Day (19 April 2022)

School place decisions for children due to start Reception, or transition from infant to junior school, in September 2022 will be issued on National Primary Offers Day, 19 April 2022.

  • On-time applicants who submitted their school preferences via the Citizen Portal will receive notification by email on 19 April 2022.
  • On-time applicants who submitted their school preferences by other means (online or paper Common Application Form) will receive notification by letter to their home address, dispatched via 2nd Class Post on 19 April 2022.  Applicants should allow 2-5 working days to receive their school place allocation letter.
  • Late applications or subsequent changes of school preference (submitted after the initial January 2022 deadline) will be processed in the second round of allocation on 3 May 2022.  These applicants will receive notification of their child’s allocated school place by letter shortly thereafter.

Any further late applications or changes of school preference after this time should be made using the methods advised below.

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 Citizen Portal closed for primary school applications on 16 January 2022. To make an application after this time, please see the how to apply options below.

How to apply

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 Citizen Portal closed for infant to junior school applications on 16 January 2022. To make an application after this time, please see the how to apply options below.

How to apply

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