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After your school offer - Primary and Secondary places for September 2019

15 April 2019

Information about how school places are allocated and what to do after you get your school offer.

If you haven't been offered the place you wanted, watch our video.

Guidance once you have received an offer

For enquiries about school uniforms, induction arrangements and start dates you should contact the school directly. Contact details for all schools in Essex can be accessed using our primary school admission booklet and our secondary school admission booklet.

If the school you have been offered is outside of the Essex County Council area, we advise you to read the information on the website of the local authority in which the school is located.

How places are considered

All applications have to be considered against the admission arrangements and oversubscription criteria for schools. You can find out more information including the oversubscription criteria in our primary school admission booklet and our secondary school admission booklet.

Apply to a different school

You should not reject the school offer you have until you have secured another place, as there is no guarantee a different school will have spare places.
If you want to apply for a school for which you did not apply originally, you should email to request a place at that school.

You may decide that you would prefer a school ranked lower on your original application than the school you’ve been offered. If that school has places available, it may be possible to offer a place.
If there are no spare places, your child can be added to the waiting list. You should email to request this. 

Appeal against an admission decision

You have the right to appeal to an independent panel for a place at any of your preferred schools that haven't offered you a place. See more details about the appeals process and deadlines

More information and advice

See our school admissions pages for more information about the admission process.