Changing schools

Attention - school admissions and school appeals

Due to the current COVID-19 situation and with the closure of schools we envisage a serious delay to any in-year applications for school places.

This means we are not accepting any in year applications at this time due to the schools being closed.

We recognise that our service is important to you and appreciate your patience and understanding during this time.

Applications for children starting primary school or moving to a secondary or junior school in September are currently unaffected.

We will contact you as soon as we have any further information.

If you are moving into the Borough and you fall into the category of vulnerable learner or key worker and may require assistance regarding a school place in terms of child care please email

Please note that, having regard to the Government's decision to close schools (except for looking after the children of keyworkers and vulnerable children), all admission appeals have been postponed until such time that further guidance is received from government or that schools fully re-open. 

Please contact legal and democratic email if you wish to receive further advice

In year applications for up until July 2020 (moving schools)

If you are applying for a change of school place up until the summer term 2020, please note that the application process closes on 19 June 2020. If you are submitting an application after the 19 June 2020 you will need to submit an application for a September 2020 start date.

In year applications for September 2020 (moving schools)

If you are applying for a change of school place for September 2020 you will be able to apply from 22 June 2020.

We aim to respond to your request for a change of school place within 15 school working days. However, the school term ends on 17 July 2020 and we are unable to process applications during school holidays as the schools will be closed.

We will aim to process any requests received after the 17 July 2020 within 15 school working days from the 1 September 2020. However, due to the high volumes of applications expected this may take slightly longer.

Before placing an in year application please read through our guidance notes for parents and refer to the 'Application process' page for further guidance.

After submitting your application we will contact your preferred schools to find out if there is a place. We will send you the outcome of your application. We aim to give you an outcome within 15 school working days.

If you are offered a place you should contact the school to accept the place and arrange a start date. Your child will be expected to start within six school weeks. You should email us if you do not want to accept the place. It is still your responsibility for your child to continue to attend the school they currently attend until a new school has been identified.

Last updated: 2.21pm on Wednesday 25 March 2020

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