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Move to a different school
If your child is at primary, junior or secondary school and you want to move them to a different school during the school year, you need to apply. This is called a mid-term or in-year transfer.
If you are applying for an Academy, Foundation, Voluntary Aided school, Trust school or Free school, you need to check with the school whether a supplementary application form is needed.
You should think very carefully whether moving your child to another school is the best option for your child.
Most problems parents and children have can be sorted out by talking to the child or speaking to relevant people at the school eg teachers, tutors, Head of Year, Headteacher, school Education Welfare Officer.
Before you apply
If moving school is the best option for your child, you will need to:
- find a school
- read the relevant 'Your Guide to Primary Education' or 'Your Guide to Secondary Education'
- check the School Admissions Priority Criteria available in the ‘Your Guide to Education’.
Admissions policies may be different for Voluntary Aided, Foundation, Academies, Free schools and Trust schools, see the ‘Your Guide to Education’ or the school’s website
- check with the school whether a supplementary application form is needed, if you are applying for an Academy, Foundation, Voluntary Aided school, Trust school or Free school
There is no guarantee that your preferred school/s will be able to offer your child a place. You should not remove your child from their current school before you have an offer of a place at another school.
If you are unable to apply online, you can download an application form below:
What happens next
We aim to process all mid-term applications within 20 school days, although at peak times it may take longer.
If you have applied for a September start date, we will notify you of your decision as soon as we can, but this may not be before the start of the new academic year.
We'll tell you what you need to do next, if you are successful.
If you are unsuccessful, you have a right to appeal to an Independent Appeals Panel. Your results letter will outline the process.