Apply for secondary school places (at any time of the year)
This page is about applying for your child to join a secondary school at any other time of the year. This is known as an In Year application.
If your child is due to transfer to a secondary school in September 2021, please visit our Apply for a Secondary school place (September intake) pages.
How to apply for an in-year place
If you have recently moved into the area and need a secondary school place for your child, you need to complete and return the Apply for an in-year secondary school place form. Please note that if you apply for school places during the school holidays, it may not be possible to confirm your child’s place until the start of the term when schools have reopened and all pupils return to school. The date when children return will vary from school to school but we will be in contact with you as soon as we can confirm a school place for your child.
If your child is already in school and you're considering transferring him or her to another school, it could be difficult. Places will have already been allocated and availability will be limited. If you would like your child to transfer to another school, you should:
- discuss it with the Headteacher of your child's current school
- complete the in-year application form
- ask the Headteacher to complete his or her part of the form
A child's education usually benefits most when they have continuity of teaching and learning in the same school. So we need your child's Headteacher to know your reasons for wanting to transfer your child and have the opportunity to discuss the transfer with you.
You should not withdraw your child from their current school until you have secured a place at an alternative school.