Changing schools during the school year ('in-year')


Please note that we aim to process in-year applications within twenty school days. At peak times of the year or in particular circumstances it may take more than the twenty school day target to process your application. The twenty school days does not include the school holidays.

We encourage parents and carers to apply as early as possible. You can apply up to eight school weeks in advance of the place being required (twelve weeks in the case of Service Families).

We will contact you with the outcome of your application as soon as possible. We will aim to do so within twenty school days. Please bear in mind the timescale advised above before contacting us to enquire about progress with your application.

Cornwall Council is responsible for coordinating in-year admissions for the majority of state-funded schools in Cornwall, which includes academies.

An ‘in-year application' is made to change schools or join a school during the school year, i.e. not at the normal points of entry:

  • starting in reception
  • transferring from infant school to junior school
  • transferring from primary school to secondary school

You might make an application if you are moving into or out of Cornwall or moving within Cornwall. You might make an application to change schools even if you are not moving house. 

The application form can also be used to apply for a school place during the school year for children that are not already attending a school (e.g. joining a school from Elective Home Education).


Changing schools is a significant step and often difficult to avoid because of a house move.  There are also situations when a parent/carer might decide that they are not happy with their child’s current school and have to make the difficult decision about whether or not to apply for a change. In this situation, we strongly recommend that you first talk to someone at your child’s current school about your reason/s for considering a change as it might be that any issues could be addressed without having to change schools.

If you decide to apply for a change of school, you may also wish to consider:

  • Transport: you should be aware that your entitlement to home to school transport might change depending on where you are applying, even if you are not changing your address.  Information on transport can be found on the Home to School Transport pages.
  • Implications for secondary-age students: you should be aware of the possible implications of your child not being able to continue studying the same subjects/option choices and their existing coursework not being applicable to a different examining body.

Before you apply, please read the guidance which accompanies the application form: Changing Schools In-year: Guidance


You can apply for a change of school up to eight school weeks in advance of a school place being required (twelve weeks for service families). Applications outside of these timescales will not be processed and you will not be able to apply online.

Applications will, as far as possible, be processed within twenty school days. However, at busy times of the year, in particular in the summer term, your application may take longer to process. The twenty school days does not include the school holidays.  Parents/carers should consider this and submit an application as early as possible – up to eight school weeks in advance (twelve in the case of Service Families).

Applications which fall under Level 2 of the Fair Access Protocol will be handled outside the normal admissions process and timescales and you will be advised of the likely timescales once your application has been received.

Applying for a change of school for September 2020

If you are thinking of applying for a change of school - an 'in-year application' - for September 2020 (which means applications other than for starting school in reception, transferring from an infant to a junior school or transferring from primary to secondary school) you can apply for a place up to eight school weeks ahead (twelve school weeks for a Service Family with a confirmed posting).  This means you will be able to apply using the form below from 21 May 2020 (or for Service Families with a confirmed posting: 22 April 2020).

Ready to apply?

For the majority of schools in Cornwall you can apply online to change or join schools in-year using the link below. 

However, if your child has an Education Health and Care Plan or you would like to apply for a place at Camborne Science and International Academy the application process is slightly different.  Find out more below.

Please note: this form is to apply for schools in Cornwall only.  To find out how to apply for schools in another local authority, please contact that local authority direct.

Changing Schools In-year Application Form

How to apply if your child has an Education, Health and Care Plan

If your child has been issued with an Education, Health and Care Plan (EHC Plan) you do not need to complete an application form as a school place will be identified through a separate process. Please contact the Statutory SEN Service for more information:

Tel: 01872 324242      

How to apply for a place at Camborne Science and International Academy

Currently Camborne Science and International Academy does not participate in our In-year Co-ordinated Admissions Scheme.  In this case you will need to apply direct to the school – please contact the school for information on how to apply.

Please note that the In-year Co-ordinated Scheme which is summarised in the booklet at the top of this page does not apply to Camborne Science and International Academy – they have their own admission arrangements which will be available on their website or on request from the school.

Tel: 01209 712280 
Website: Camborne Science and International Academy

Changed your mind?

If you have submitted an in-year application and a place has not been allocated yet, you can complete the 'Changing your preference/s' form to:

  • Change your preference/s
  • Add a preference/s (if you have not already listed three) or
  • Change the order of your preferences

Admission arrangements

Please see the Admission Arrangements 2019-20 page for information on how places will be allocated.

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