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Essex is on the high alert level (tier 2), this does not include Southend and Thurrock who are on the medium alert level (tier 1).

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After your school offer

Waiting lists

Primary and Secondary school waiting lists

The online waiting lists position checker for Year 7, Reception and Year 3 admissions in the 2020 to 2021 academic year is now closed.

How it works

If you did not get your preferred school, you will be added to the waiting lists of all schools that were ranked higher than the school offered in your application.

You will be notified in writing if an offer is available.

Essex County Council hold the waiting lists for all schools until 31 August 2020. After that time we only hold the waiting lists for Community and VC primary, infant and junior schools.

Before you can check a waiting list

You will need your child’s Essex Application Reference Number.

If you are an Essex resident, this can be found on your offer email or letter.

If you pay Council Tax to another authority, for example Redbridge, Hertfordshire, Havering, Southend-on-Sea or Thurrock, please call 0345 603 2200 to request your child’s Essex Application Reference Number.

Check a primary school waiting list

Waiting lists are maintained based on the type of school. You can check the type of school in our admission booklets for parents.

Foundation, voluntary aided and academy schools

Oversubscribed foundation, voluntary aided (church) schools and academies maintain their own waiting lists until a minimum of 31 December 2020.

You should contact these schools directly for information on waiting list positions or if you change address.

Community and voluntary controlled schools

We will continue to maintain waiting lists for Reception and year 3 (where held) community and voluntary controlled schools until 31 December 2020.

To find out where your child is on a waiting list for these schools, please call 0345 603 2200.

Check a secondary school waiting list

All secondary schools are either foundation, voluntary aided (church) or academies and maintain their own waiting lists until a minimum of 31 December 2020.

You should contact these schools directly for information on waiting list positions or if you change address.

What to do if you change address

If you move address whilst your child is on a waiting list, you need to email us evidence of your new address. For example:

  • a signed tenancy agreement if you are renting
  • a solicitor’s letter confirming you have exchanged contracts if you are purchasing your new home

If your new address affects your child’s positions on any waiting lists, their waiting list position will change.

School Admissions Team

Get in touch if you have a query about your application or if you are changing address.

Email: admissions@essex.gov.uk

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