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Ashington Church of England School is in the Southern Area of the authority of West Sussex County Council.

The name and address of the Education Office (Southern Area) is:

Area Education Office (South)
Centenary House
West Sussex
BN13 2QB

Tel: 03330 142 903

Click here for further information about general enquiries on School Admission.​


Starting school at Ashington CE Primary School. 

As in recent years, parents are being encouraged to apply for their child’s school place using the online system at www.westsussex.gov.uk/admissions. Applications must be submitted by the national closing date of Sunday 15 January 2023. The online system will open on Monday 3 October 2022 at 9.00 am.

For parents who do not have access to the Internet at home, free access has been arranged at all libraries and Children and Family Centres within West Sussex. Please encourage families who do not have Internet access at home to visit their local library or Children and Family Centre where staff will be on hand to assist parents making their application. We are aware that some schools support parents to make applications and we are grateful for this support where offered.

Parents resident in West Sussex must complete an official West Sussex County Council application in order to apply for a school place. Please therefore encourage all parents to complete an application before the closing date. If you have a nursery attached to your school, or preschools in your area, please work with them to ensure that all children due to start school in September 2023 make an application. It may also be useful to put a note in your autumn term newsletter in order to remind any families with siblings that they need to apply.

Parents resident outside West Sussex will need to apply through the relevant local authority for their home address. They cannot apply on the West Sussex website and should be directed to their own local authority for information on how to apply.


Paper forms will only be issued to parents who cannot apply online. Any parent who chooses to complete a paper form must return it to any local West Sussex school (or direct to us by recorded delivery) by Sunday 15 January 2023. Any application form that is received after this date will be considered as a late application and will not be processed until after all applications that are received before the deadline. Instructions for the return of any forms to the Pupil Admissions Office are on the guidance notes accompanying this letter. Please forward any forms that you receive to us by scanning and e-mailing the form to your Admissions Officer.                                                      

What happens if a child does not make an application?


The national closing date is 15 January 2023 and all parents should make an application by this date.  Applications not made by the closing date cannot be considered until after all other applications have been considered. This may mean it is not possible to offer a child a place at a local school. We would therefore be grateful if you could actively encourage all parents who visit you to apply online by the closing date.


If you know of families who may have problems making an application, please work with them well in advance of the 15 January 2023. SEND Information and Advice Service is able to offer support to any parent who may have difficulties with the school application process and details regarding this service are available on our website and in our Information for Parents Booklet. 


Please view a virtual tour of the Reception class below.


Reception Bear Class Virtual Tour.mov
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