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Online Admissions

Please read the following information before making an online application (the "Apply Online Here" link is at the bottom of this page)

Who can use the online application?

Our Online Admissions System is available to all parents / carers whose children are:

 

  • due to start lower/primary school/academy in the September 2015 academic year who live within the Bedford Borough Council area.

    The Starting School 2015 round (information, application form and apply online facility) will be available from Monday 13th October 2014.  Please visit our website after this date to apply.

 

  • due to transfer to middle school/academy in September 2015 who live within the Bedford Borough Council area.

    The Transfer to Middle 2015 round (information, application form and apply online facility) will be available from Monday 29th September 2014. Please visit our website after this date to apply.

 

  • due to transfer to upper/secondary school/academy in September 2015 who live within the Bedford Borough Council area.

    The Transfer to Upper 2015 round and the Transfer to Secondary 2015 round (information, application form and apply online facility) will be available from Friday 12th September 2014. Please visit our website after this date to apply.

 

You must only use one method to apply for a school place. If you have already submitted your paper application form you must not apply online, similarly if you apply online you must not make a paper application.

Please read the information booklets  Starting School (PDF document opens in new window) and  School Transfer  (PDF document opens in new window)before you make your online application. The booklets contains important information about the admissions process and details of the admissions criteria for individual schools.

 

Catchment areas

You may find it useful to know the catchment school which serves you local area, before you make an online application. You can access catchment area information here.

You may wish to list your catchment area school as one of your preferences. This will usually mean that you still have priority for a place at the catchment area school if a place is not available for your child at your preferred school.


Supplementary information


Religious / Faith grounds

If you are applying for a place at the following schools because you are a practising member of a religious faith, please download the appropriate form. FORM 1 for  application to Church of England schools (MS Word document opens in new window) or FORM 2 for  application to Catholic schools (MS Word document opens in new window).

Please ask your priest, minister or faith leader to complete and sign the form.

Form 1

Form 2

Christopher Reeves Lower, Podington

St John Rigby Primary Academy, Bedford

Ravensden Lower

St Joseph's Lower Academy, Bedford

Riseley Lower

 

Roxton Lower

 

St James' Lower, Biddenham

 

St Lawrence's Lower, Wymington

Wilden Lower

 

Alban Academy, Great Barford

St Gregory's Academy, Bedford

 

 

St Thomas More Academy, Bedford

 


In addition, if you are applying for a place at the following Catholic schools, because your child has been baptised, you must provide their Baptismal Certificate: 

  • St John Rigby Primary Academy, Bedford
  • St Joseph's Lower Academy, Bedford
  • St Gregory's Middle Academy, Bedford
  • St Thomas More Catholic Academy, Bedford

 

You are now ready to make an online application.

To help you to use the on-line system we have prepared a step by step guide which includes copies of the relevant screens.  The notes are here.

 

Please remember to only use this system if you live within the area of Bedford Borough Council. 

 

 

Apply Online Here

Parent feedback

We would welcome your views on the on-line process.  If you decide to apply online, we would be grateful if you could complete the parent feedback form (form opens in new window)

If you need help in understanding the transfer process please contact us on the School Admissions Service General Enquiries Line (01234) 718120 or email admissions@bedford.gov.uk. Please note that we are not able to offer technical support.

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