Who can apply online? Please use this system if your children live in the Bedford Borough Council area, and are due to: transfer to upper/secondary school/academy in September 2023 - you can apply from 12 September 2022 until 31 October 2022 transfer to middle school/academy in September 2023 - you can apply from 26 September 2022 until 15 January 2023 start lower/primary school/academy in September 2023 - you can apply from 26 September 2022 until 15 January 2023 Only use one method to apply for a school place If you have already submitted your paper application form you must not apply online. If you apply online you must not make a paper application. Please read the information booklets before you make your online application. There is important information about the admissions process and criteria for individual schools. Starting school booklet (PDF) School transfer booklet for middle, upper and secondary schools (PDF) Catchment areas Know the catchment school which serves your local area, if applicable, before making an online application. List your catchment area school, if applicable, as one of your preferences. If there isn't a place at your preferred school, then you will be higher up the priority list at your catchment area school. This is not a guarantee of a place. Applications on religious and faith grounds Church of England Primary Schools If you are applying for a place at the following schools on religious or faith grounds, you must also arrange for your priest, minister or faith leader to complete and sign the religious declaration form for Church of England schools. Religious declaration for Church of England Schools Christopher Reeves Primary Great Barford Primary Ravensden Primary Riseley Primary Roxton Primary St Lawrence Primary Wilden Primary Catholic Schools If you are applying for a place on religious grounds at the following schools because you are a practising Catholic family, your priest must confirm this, by signing a Certificate of Catholic Practice. This is a new requirement from the schools within the Our Lady Immaculate Catholic Academies Trust. Certificate of Catholic Practice (PDF). St John Rigby Primary Academy St Joseph's and St Gregory's Primary St Thomas More Catholic School If you are applying because although you are not a practising family, your child has been baptised Catholic, or enrolled in a catechumenate programme, you must provide their Baptismal Certificate or your priest must confirm enrolment in the programme using the religious declaration form for Catholic schools. Religious declaration for Catholic Schools (PDF). If you are a practising member of another religion or faith you must make sure that your priest, minister or faith leader completes the religious declaration form for Catholic schools. Without this information the governing body may not be able to consider your application on religious grounds. Please email the completed form to email@example.com or post it to School Admissions Service, Bedford Borough Council, Borough Hall, Cauldwell Street, Bedford, MK42 9AP You are now ready to make an online application This step-by-step guide (PDF) has copies of the relevant screens to help you to use the online system. You can only use the system if you live in Bedford Borough area. Apply for a school The online system is only available to use: from 12 September 2022 to 31 October 2022 for transfer to upper/secondary in September 2023 from 26 September 2022 to 15 January 2023 for transfer to middle in September 2023 from 26 September 2022 to 15 January 2023 for starting school in September 2023 Contact School Admissions Service for further help Email firstname.lastname@example.org to get help understanding the transfer process. Please note that we are not able to offer technical support.