Information about how school places are allocated and what to do after you get your school offer.
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Guidance once you have received an offer
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
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 email@example.com
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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
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