Apply for a new lower or primary school place

Which address to use on your application for lower or primary school

Applications are processed based on your child’s address as of the closing date of 15 January 2020.

We verify addresses as part of the allocation process. If we find that you have moved address prior to 15 January 2020 and have not notified us of the move then we will amend your application accordingly and your application will be processed on your new address.

If you move house after submitting your application it is your responsibility to inform us in writing of your new address and the exact date you moved address.

Child living between two addresses (such as due to parents being separated/divorced)

Below are some situations that may be applicable to you but if you have any other type of house move please contact us for specific advice. 

If your child lives at more than one address because childcare arrangements are shared jointly either parent may apply but we will consider the relevant address to be the one where the child sleeps for most of the school week (Sunday to Thursday).  If your child lives at two addresses equally, we will use the address of the parent or carer who claims the Child Benefit or Child Tax Credit. This is considered the child's main address. If you don't get Child Benefit or Child Tax Credit, we'll ask you for alternative documentation.

Moving within Central Bedfordshire or from within England

If you want us to consider a new address in the on-time allocation, you must have exchanged contracts or have a signed tenancy agreement and informed us of this by the 15 January 2020.

It is not sufficient to put details of pending moves in the additional details section on your application form/online account.

If you have not yet exchanged contracts or have a signed tenancy agreement by 15 January 2020 for a property within Central Bedfordshire then you need to apply to the local authority (where you pay council tax) by 15 January 2020. If you have listed Central Bedfordshire schools on your application they will send your application to us for consideration in our allocation.

Changes of address which take place after the closing date will be processed using the original address. We will post your application outcome to your new address; however it will not be updated on our system until the late allocation round.

Currently living abroad, but moving back to a Central Bedfordshire property

If you own a property in Central Bedfordshire but you live abroad (for example, you're working abroad), we won't use your Central Bedfordshire address if it is being occupied (either being rented to tenants or other family members are staying in the property). In these instances, your application will be processed using the address at which you and your child are living as at the closing date. We will only consider this address to be your home address at the point in which you and your child are living in the property.

If you own a property in Central Bedfordshire but you live abroad and the property is empty then your application will be processed using this address.

Owning a number of properties within England

If you own a number of properties within England, you must apply using the address at which you and your child reside. It cannot be a property which is being rented out to tenants, being lived in by other family members or an empty property.

Renovating an address that you have purchased/own

If you own a property in Central Bedfordshire but are not living in it because of renovation work at the property, we will consider this address, not the temporary address of the property you are living at during the work, providing that the property being renovated is not being occupied. We will require proof that you own the property being renovated.

Moving into a property owned by a partner or family member

We will only process the application using this address once you and your child have moved into the property. We will need a letter from the property owner confirming that you and your child are living at the address (mentioning you all by full name) and proof that they own the property. Applications are processed based on your child’s address as of the closing date of 15 January 2020. 

Moving into a property to live with a partner or family member

We will only process the application using this address once you and your child have moved into the property. We will need a copy of recent documentation e.g. bank statement showing that you reside at the property, dated within three months of the closing date of 15 January 2020. Applications are processed based on your child’s address as of the closing date of 15 January 2020.