Waiting lists for schools

If you are not successful in gaining a place for your child at their preferred school, it may be possible to go on a waiting list. Milton Keynes Council is responsible for holding in-year waiting lists for all community and voluntary controlled schools. Voluntary aided, foundation and academy schools may hold their own waiting lists and you should contact them direct for more information.

How do I add my child’s name to a waiting list?

If your child started school for the first time or moved up to junior school in September 2017, you can ask for your child's name to be added to the waiting list for your preferred community or voluntary controlled schools by emailing primaryadmissions@milton-keynes.gov.uk.  

The council has a statutory responsibility to hold waiting lists until the end of the autumn term (31 December 2017).  If you wish your child's name to remain on a waiting list after 31 December then you will need to inform the Education Access Team by email to primaryadmissions@milton-keynes.gov.uk before 31 December 2017.

If you have made an in-year application and been declined a place at your preferred community or voluntary controlled school/s and wish to add your child’s name to the waiting list, you should inform the Education Access Team by email to primaryadmissions@milton-keynes.gov.uk. You can find out more about in-year school transfers here. 

How long are waiting lists held for?

In year waiting lists for all community and voluntary controlled schools will be held until the end of the academic year in July at which point you will need to re-apply. You should note that reminders will not be sent.

How is my child’s position on the waiting list prioritised?

Waiting lists are ordered in line with the published oversubscription criteria and not in date received order.  A child's position on a list can move up or down.

What happens if I move house?

If you move house you will need to provide evidence of your new address.  Your child's position on the waiting list will be re-ranked according to your new address.  You must inform the Education Access Team of any change in address as this may affect your position on the waiting list.

How are places allocated?

When a place becomes available at a community or voluntary controlled school, it will be allocated to the child at the top of the waiting list, in line with the oversubscription criteria.  

How long will I have to wait?

There is no specific timescale. It is difficult to predict when someone might no longer need a place or indeed when one will become available.

How will I be notified if a place becomes available?

You will be notified by a telephone call or email if a place becomes available at your preferred school and you will have five working days to accept the offer.

Last Updated: 16 January 2019