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

Emergency arrangements for changing school applications in light of Covid-19

Due to the current situation with Covid-19 and the uncertainty around schools reopening we are unable to accept applications that are requesting a change of school if your child already has a school place in Cornwall within reasonable travelling distance* and/or you are not moving house. 

In addition we will not be able to accept applications for children that are currently registered for Elective Home Education in Cornwall. If this applies to your child and you need advice please contact the EHE Service: 01872 323400.

When we know more about timescales for schools reopening we will update this web page with guidance on applications being accepted.

At this time we will only accept applications for children that are living in Cornwall and are without a school place. However, please note that there may be a considerable delay in processing your application due to the current situation. We will contact you as soon as possible and would be grateful for your patience.  In the meantime we can provide advice if you believe you should be able to access the provision for vulnerable children or children of keyworkers.

*as defined in the Co-ordinated In-year Admissions Scheme


For more information on emergency education provision for children of key workers and vulnerable children please visit the web page in the Coronavirus advice for children and families area.

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

Before you apply, please read the guidance which accompanies the application form: Changing Schools In-year: Guidance [please note that the emergency arrangements explained above will override the processes described in this document]

How 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.

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.

Please see the Co-ordinated In-year Admissions Scheme 2020/21 for arrangements that will apply for in-year admissions during the 2020/21 school year.

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