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After your school offer

Waiting lists

Your child will be placed on a waiting list if you are refused a place at a school ranked higher in your application than the school you are offered.

Waiting lists for Essex schools

You can check your child’s current position on the waiting list. You will need your child's Essex student ID number to do this. You can find this on the top right of the letter you received about your application that we sent you.

If your child attends an Essex school but you pay your council tax to another authority, like Redbridge, Hertfordshire, Havering, Southend-on-Sea or Thurrock, please contact the School Admission Team to get your child’s Essex student ID.

Waiting lists for non-Essex schools

If you applied for a school outside the Essex County Council area, contact the relevant local authority for information about waiting list positions.


We will write to you if you child is offered a place. We won't telephone you with an offer.

How applications are sorted

All applications are considered against the admission arrangements and oversubscription criteria for schools.

For example, you applied for 4 schools, in order of preference – A, B, C, D.

If your child has been offered a place at school A, they will not be added to the waiting lists for school B, C or D.

If your child was offered a place at school B, C or D, they will be added to the waiting lists of the schools above them in your list.

You can find more information in our admission booklets for parents.

How waiting list places are ranked

Your child’s name will be placed on a waiting list in the priority order set out in each school’s individual admissions policy.

Waiting lists are updated every time a child’s name is added or removed. This means your child’s position may move up or down on the waiting list as circumstances change.

For example, due to late applications being made where the child’s application ranks higher against the school’s admissions policy, or if a child moves address and the lives closer to the school.

Having your child’s name on a waiting list will not affect your right to appeal for any of the schools to which you applied for and have been refused a place.

Some Essex secondary schools have 2 waiting lists. This is the case for the 2 Chelmsford grammar schools and schools with a specialist test. If your child tested for one of these schools, you may be given 2 waiting list positions.

See our admission booklets for parents for more information.

How long waiting lists are active

We hold waiting lists for Reception, year 3 (for some schools) and year 7 admissions in September 2019 for all oversubscribed schools in Essex until the end of August.

After this, we will continue to maintain waiting lists for any oversubscribed community and voluntary controlled (VC) schools until 31 December.

From 1 September, oversubscribed foundation, voluntary aided (church) schools and Academies maintain their own waiting lists until a minimum of 31 December 2019.

Changing your mind after your offer

You must email the School Admission Team if:

  • you still wish to be considered for a place at a school that you ranked lower in your preference list
  • you wish to be removed from the waiting lists for schools higher in your preference list
  • you wish to have your child’s details added to the waiting list for a school that was not one of your original preferences
  • If you move address

Where you live is an important factor in the admissions policy for most schools.

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.


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