Waiting lists for schools
How do I add my child’s name to a waiting list?
If your child is starting school for the first time or moving up to junior school in September 2021 and has been declined a place at a school of higher preference your child's name will automatically be added to the waiting list for that school. The council will hold waiting lists for all community and voluntary controlled schools for the academic year. All schools must hold waiting lists until 31 December 2021, however some Academies, Foundation schools and Voluntary Aided Schools may continue to hold waiting lists after this date but parents and carers should check with the schools direct.
If your child is moving up to secondary school in September 2021 and has been declined a place at a school of higher preference your child's name will automatically be added to the waiting list for that school. Waiting lists will be held until 31 December 2021 and after this time you should check with individual schools to see whether a waiting list will continue to be held.
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. You can find out more about in-year school transfers here.
How long are waiting lists held for?
Please be aware that if your child’s name is currently on a waiting list for a community or voluntary controlled school, the waiting list will be held for the academic year.
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 order of the date the application was received. 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: 15 April 2021