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After your school offer

Waiting lists

Primary school waiting lists available

You can check your child's current position on the waiting list of any Essex primary school for Reception or Year 3 (where held) for September 2021 online from 8:00am on Wednesday 5 May 2021.

Secondary school waiting lists available

You can check your child's current position on the waiting list of any Essex secondary school for Year 7 for September 2021 online from 8:00am on Wednesday 17 March 2021.

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 2021. 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.

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.

What to do when waiting lists are closed online

After the 31 August our waiting lists website will be closed for tracking your child’s position online.

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

For Community and VC primary, infant and junior schools

Our admission team will hold the waiting lists for these types of Reception and Year 3 (where held) schools until 31 December 2021.

Contact us via email and we will respond within 10 working days.

For primary foundation, voluntary aided (church) and academy schools

Each school will hold their own waiting lists until a minimum of 31 December 2021.

Contact them directly for information on waiting list positions or if you change address.

For secondary schools

All secondary schools are either foundation, voluntary aided (church) or academies and maintain their own waiting lists until a minimum of 31 December 2021.

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

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
Telephone: 0345 603 2200

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