In-Year Admissions

Applications for a school place, for children aged between 5 - 16 during the school year are referred to as in-year admissions.

General Advice

To apply for years 0-6 Primary, Infant and Junior School

As permitted by law parents can make an application at any time to any school outside the normal admissions.

The Admissions Team can advise of availability of places across the borough, you can email us at School Admissions.

Parents/carers can apply by completing an application form and emailing it to us at School Admissions.

Where places are available applicants will be offered.

In some cases where a child is already on a school roll locally the place may be offered for the start of the next term.

Applications in the current school year are processed within a maximum of 10 school days and applicants are notified in writing, usually via email.

Where there are no places applicants will be refused a place but will be advised of other vacancies where children are without a local school place.  

Pupils that are refused a place and added to the waiting list and remain on the waiting list until 30 June of any given year.

Waiting lists are ranked according to the admission criteria for the school.

Waiting lists close on 30 June of any given year and new waiting lists are created for the next academic year (from the applications for the next school year).

Waiting lists from previous years are not rolled over to the next. Parents wishing to continue on a waiting list for a following year are required to make a fresh application.

Applications are shared with the allocated school and with a school that is a preference and is its own admission authority.

Parents can apply for the next school year anytime in the summer term, i.e. after Easter of any given year and not before.  

Applications for the next school year are processed in the late summer months and outcomes are communicated in the early Autumn term at the latest.

Applicants are advised of the right of appeal in the outcome letter.

The appeal timeline and details are provided online.

To apply for years 7-11 Secondary Schools

The Admissions Team can advise of availability of places across the borough, you can email us at School Admissions.

Application forms are available directly from secondary schools. Once completed application form/s should be returned directly to the school/s.

In the situation you are not able to find an application form, please use this form and email it to the Admission Team. The Admissions Team will forward your application to your preferred schools.

General helpful notes for secondary in-year admissions

As permitted by law parents can make an application at any time to any school outside the normal admissions.

Where places are available applicants will be offered however, this does not apply to selective places such as for the grammar schools or the selective places at the partially selective schools. Please look at the grammar schools admissions policy for details.

Where there are no places applicants will be refused and can join the waiting list for the school. This is different for the selective schools and selective places.

Waiting lists are ranked according to the admission criteria for the school. In some cases where a child is already on a school roll locally the place may be offered for the start of the next term.

Applications in the current school year are processed within a maximum of 10 school days, applications for the next school year are processed in the late summer months and outcomes are communicated in the early Autumn term at the latest.

Pupils that are refused a place and added to the waiting list.

As required by the School Admissions Code parents will be notified within 10 school days of the outcome of their application and will be sent a written outcome, with a reminder of the right of appeal, within 15 School Days. 

All in-year applications and the outcome are reported to the Local Authority within 2 days of submission to the school.

Parents requiring support with their in-year application for schools in Southend can email the Admissions team with a copy of their application form.

Applicants must be advised of the right of appeal in the outcome letter.

Parents can appeal against any school that refuses them a place. Please look at the respective grammar school’s admissions policy for appeals details.

Appeals must be lodged within 20 school days of the date of the outcome letter.

For applications for in-year admissions, appeals must be heard within 30 school days of the appeal being lodged.

Details of how to do this can be found on the respective school websites. All appeals are considered by an Independent Appeals Panel.

Parents requiring support with their in-year appeal for schools in Southend can email the Admissions team with a copy of their application form and appeal form.

Catchment areas for all schools in Southend

The catchment area is provided in the catchment map look up facility.

Contact Schools and Learning

Telephone: 01702 215007

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