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Applying mid-year for a school place

1 September 2016

General advice

We recommend that you contact the schools you are interested in directly about place availability before submitting the application.
There is no guarantee in law of a place at a preferred school or that places will be available at the same school if you are applying for more than one child. We advise you carefully check the availability of places at schools in advance of considering moving house.
Please remember, moving schools is a serious step to take. You should not remove your child from his/her current school before you have an offer of another school place. If your child is already in another local school, we would advise you to discuss the situation with your child’s class teacher or headteacher before making an application for other schools as a move of school may not always be in your child’s best interests.

Primary schools

If your child is already at primary school and you wish to transfer him/her to a different primary school in Essex, please complete the mid-year online application. Please note that you will need to complete and submit the form in one session, it is not possible to save the form and return to it later.
Upon receipt of an application we will contact your preferred school(s) about availability of places. We expect to let you know the outcome by letter within 2 - 3 weeks of receipt of your application.
Please do not use the mid-year online application form to apply for a Reception school place for next September.

Secondary schools

If your child is already at secondary school and you wish to transfer him/her to a different secondary school, you will need to apply directly to the school. Please download and complete the Mid-Year Secondary School Application Form.

After you have been offered / refused a place

The leaflet below will give you some information about what to do after you have received the decision on your application.