In year admissions - changing school during the year

The information below tells you how to apply for a school place if you are moving into Milton Keynes or are moving to another area of Milton Keynes and would like to change your child's current school. There is no guarantee that a place will be available at your preferred school or your catchment school.
As a country, we all need to do what we can to reduce the spread of the COVID-19 virus. That is why the government has asked parents to keep their children at home, wherever possible, and asked schools to remain open only for those children who absolutely need to attend. Find out more details about school closures

List of Maintained and Voluntary Controlled Schools (PDF, 180KB)

Applications for September 2020

Waiting lists - Please note waiting lists for all community and voluntary controlled schools for 2019/20 will finish on 31 August 2020. 

If your child is currently in year R and on a waiting list for a different school, and you wish for them to be considered for a place at that school next year, you will need to submit a new application in line with the timeline set out below.

If your child is currently in years 1-5, and you wish for them to remain on the waiting list for a different school, you must email no later than 30 June, requesting that your child’s name is transferred to the waiting list for September 2020. There is no need to make a new in year application.

Timeline for processing in-year applications for September 2020

If you wish to make an in-year application for a school place starting in September 2020, we will process completed applications in accordance with the timeline below:

Applications received from 1 June 2020 to 14 June 2020 - we will aim to process applications before the end of this academic year.

Applications received from 15 June 2020 to 31 August 2020 -  we will aim to process applications during this period.  Please note, this may not be possible during peak times and in particular August, when schools which are their own admissions authority, may not be available to progress the application.

Incomplete applications will not be processed and it is important that the section from your current school is completed before schools close for the summer.  It is strongly advised that parents wanting to change school in September apply as soon as possible.

We normally seek to process applications within 15 school days of receipt and will contact you as soon as we have processed your application. PLEASE DO NOT CHASE A RESPONSE WITHIN THE 15 WORKING DAYS. ONCE WE HAVE AN OUTCOME, WE WILL CONTACT YOU.

You can make an in-year application at any time. 

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Moving into Milton Keynes

If you are moving into Milton Keynes and want to apply for a school place you will need to complete an online application on the Citizen Portal here.  You can provide up to four preference schools.  Should you need further assistance please contact 01908 253338. 

Proof of address

We require proof of your Milton Keynes address. You must include with your application either:

  • a solicitor’s letter to confirm exchange of contracts
  • or a copy of your signed tenancy agreement is required to support your application
  • or Milton Keynes council tax reference number
  • Your application will not be processed until your child/ren is/are resident within the country
  • If you have moved from overseas you must provide a copy of your child’s passport and visa or EEA residence card.
  • Please note incomplete application forms will not be processed.

If there is any doubt about the legality of the move, we may request further proof.

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Moving within Milton Keynes

If you are changing your address within Milton Keynes and want to apply for a different school place you will need to complete an online application on the Citizen Portal here.  You can provide up to four preference schools.  Should you need further assistance please contact 01908 253338. 

If one of your preference schools are one of the schools listed below, you will need to contact them directly:

  • New Chapter Primary School
  • The Premier Academy

Supporting information

If your child already attends a Milton Keynes school, you will need to ask the Headteacher to complete the School Information Form (PDF, 206KB).  This will need to be submitted with your application.  Failure to upload the completed form will mean your application will not be progressed.

When completing the online application, ensure that all information has been completed correctly and no information missed. Any mistakes could affect your application. Incomplete applications will not be processed. It is important that the section from your current school is completed and uploaded with your application.

For in-year applications, an offer is based on what is available at the time of application. Often the most popular schools are full and it is advisable to include your catchment school.

Parents can state up to four preferences on the application form.  If it is not possible to offer a place at any of your preferred schools, we will approach the school nearest to your home address with a vacancy to request a place.

Brooklands Farm Primary School - Campus Transfer Requests 2020

Brooklands Farm Primary School is one school with two campuses: Fen Street and Countess Way. The school serves the settlements of Brooklands and Broughton Gate.  The campus allocation policy (PDF, 194KB) outlines how children are allocated to each campus and explains the process for parents to request a transfer to the alternative campus.

If your child is in current Year R to Year 5 at Brooklands Farm Primary School and you wish him/her to be considered for a place at the alternative campus, you may do so by completing the Transfer Request form (DOC, 54KB).  The deadline for requests is 5.00 pm on Friday 12 June 2020.  Requests received after this date will not be considered.  The Transfer Request Panel will meet on 17 June 2020 and you will be notified in writing of the outcome of your request within five working days of the panel meeting.  

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Moving outside of Milton Keynes

If you are moving out of Milton Keynes you will need to apply to the local authority where you are moving to for a school place.

Processing of applications

We aim to process your application within 15 school days (excluding weekends and school holidays).  Milton Keynes Council is responsible for admissions to community and voluntary controlled schools.  Other schools are responsible for their own admissions.  In these cases, we forward your application onto the relevant school(s) and await their decision.  This may delay the decision being made within the 15 school days.

Admission outside of chronological year group

The majority of children are usually educated in their chronological year group, although sometimes parents wish to consider admission outside of their child’s chronological year group. If this is something you are considering please read the information here (PDF, 224KB).

Fair Access Protocol

When seeking a school place during the year, some children who are eligible will be allocated a place under a Fair Access Protocol.  For more information, please read either the Secondary Fair Access Protocol (PDF, 355KB) or Primary Fair Access Protocol (PDF, 290KB).

What happens next?

Once you receive an offer you must contact the school within 10 school days to accept the place or you must contact the school admissions team to decline the offer.  If you do not make contact we will assume you do not want the school place and we will withdraw the offer.

If your application has been declined, find out how to appeal or join the waiting list

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Information relating to attending schools

Home to school transport

Parents and carers are responsible for ensuring their children attend school regularly and for arranging their safe arrival at school and journey home at the end of the day.  See if your child is eligible for assistance in getting to and from school and how to apply.

Free school meals

Parents and carers who receive certain benefits may be eligible for either pupil premium funding or free school meals.  Find out the eligibility criteria and how to apply.

Children with Special Educational Needs (SEN)

Find out what support is available for a child with special education needs.  If you have any queries about your child’s special needs or wish to request a leaflet explaining the transfer process, please contact the SEN casework team

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Last Updated: 4 June 2020