Moving your child between schools during the school year

How to apply for a place at an infant, junior, primary or secondary school in South Gloucestershire during the academic school year

You can change school for your child during the school year, you do not need to wait until the new school year.  To do this you need to complete an application form, called an in-year application form. 

Infant/junior/primary school in 2020-21

From September 2020 you can submit a primary in-year application online by accessing the citizen portal.

If your first preference school is a community or controlled school you should submit your application through the citizen portal, the application is also available to download.

You can choose up to three preferences on the form. If you have chosen to name any voluntary aided (VA) or academy schools then these preferences will be forwarded to the appropriate admissions authority by a secure method.

If your first preference school is a community or controlled school, the Admissions and Transport Team will let you know the outcome of your application.  You may also be contacted for evidence of a house move before your application can be processed.

Voluntary aided schools and academies may require you to complete an additional form which you can get from the school, they may also require evidence of a house move. The school or academy trust will let you know the outcome of your application.

If a school cannot offer your child a place they will tell you:

  • the reason they cannot offer a place
  • the appeal process
  • any opportunity to remain on a waiting list for a place. They will also forward your form to the lower preference school for consideration or refer you back to the Admissions and Transport Team.

Secondary school in 2020-21

Secondary school applications must normally be made directly to the school, no matter where you live.  You are able to make up to three preferences on the form, and it will be forwarded to the appropriate admissions authority by a secure method to be processed.

If it is not possible to offer your child a place at your first preference school, a copy of the form will be passed to the school named as a second preference.

Academies may require completion of an extra form which you can get from the academy. Proof of your home address may also be required.

The school will notify you of the outcome of your application.  If a school cannot offer your child a place they will tell you:

  • the reason they cannot offer a place
  • the appeal process
  • any opportunity to remain on a waiting list for a place.  They will also send your form to the lower preference school for consideration.

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