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Applications for schools in England – Important Information


Families who are rebasing and who have children due to start secondary school in September 2015 will need to apply for places by October 31, 2014. 

For those families who have children starting primary school, applications need to be submitted by January 15, 2015.


Information about school admission dates, processes and application forms, including details relating to the phase of education into which Service children will be transferring, and what parents need to do to apply for school places, can be found on local authority websites or by contacting the relevant school direct. 

Parents should follow the guidance on the local authority website, ensuring that applications are submitted by the specified deadlines.

For Service families who do not have a quarter address, the address of their new unit in the UK can be used for application purposes with an official letter confirming the family move, relocation date and new Unit address or the UK quartering area.

Remember to include a BFG address/email on the application form where your offer letter is to be sent.


Places for children will be offered on National Offer Day (March 2, 2015 for secondary school places and April 16, 2015 for Reception year places) for all applications received by the specified deadline.  

Late applications will not be considered until June/July 2015 when all those submitted within the timescale have been allocated and any appeals heard.



Current GE school Year 

Sep 2015 English school year

Application deadline

National Offer Date

Born between
1 Sep 2003 and
31 Aug 2004



31 Oct 2014

2 Mar

Born between
1 Sep 2010 and
31 Aug 2011



15 Jan 2015

16 Apr 2015


Applications for other school year groups (ie those not starting primary or secondary) are to be submitted the term prior to your move. 


CEAS – the Children’s Education Advisory Service (CEAS) is part of the Directorate Children & Young People and is available to provide information, support and advice for Service families whose children are starting school or transferring to new schools because of their ages (and not because of a military move).

CEAS helpline: 01980 618 244 (Military 94 344 8244) or by email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Please also see the CEAS Guide for Service Families: UK Education Systems: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/a-guide-for-service-families-uk-education-system 

Staffordshire County Council. Staffordshire county council have produced a School Admissions Process for families relocating to Stafford through the Borona Project. Full details: http://www.staffordshire.gov.uk/education/schoolsandcolleges/admissions/Relocating-Families-Borona-Project/Advice-for-Borona-FINAL.pdf

2014 MoD Your Say Survey now open

The MoD Your Say survey is an annual opportunity for you to feed back views about working in the MoD and allows senior leaders to better understand departmental issues and identify where to improve and track progressThe 2014 Civil Service-wide employee engagement survey – the MoD Your Say Survey – is now open and will close on October 31.

The survey asks for staff feedback on experiences of working in the MoD. Despite challenging times the department wants to hear your views.

The survey is available at https://csps2014.orc.co.uk/MOD67298/ and should take no longer than 15 minutes to complete.

Please complete the survey if you are:

  • a civilian
  • or a member of the Armed Forces and work in a civilian environment, particularly if you line manage civilians or are line managed by a civilian.

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Army Rebasing 2015

Rebasing of units and subsequent drawdown from Germany will gather pace next year.

Moves from Hohne, Fallingbostel, Herford, Gütersloh and Elmpt will start in the spring but be most concentrated during the school summer holiday period.  

While many of us will have experience of moving from Germany to UK the 2015 moves are on a much larger scale. 

In addition to your unit welfare officer there are dedicated teams in Germany in HQ BFG, plus in UK in the Army Basing Team and Support Command who are working to ensure your smooth return. 

We know that moving you and your family to a different country is complicated and our aim is to provide you with the information and guidance you need.

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