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Waiting lists

Some schools hold Waiting Lists for all oversubscribed year groups and others hold Waiting Lists for the first term of the year of entry only (i.e. starting school in reception, transfer to junior school and transfer to secondary school). 

You can only request to go on a Waiting List in the following circumstances:

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  • where you have applied for and been refused a place; AND
  • where the school holds a list  

You will need to refer to your school place allocation letter for further information on whether or not a list is held and how you can request to be added.

Where a school holds a Waiting List, the follow terms and conditions apply.

Waiting Lists are based on the school’s oversubscription criteria and children’s places on a waiting list are subject to change according to additional information received about applications or children being added to the list.  No priority is given to the length of time that a child has been on the list.  Children in care and those that were previously in care, children with a Statement of Special Educational Needs or an Education, Health and Care Plan or who are allocated to a school in accordance with the Fair Access Protocol will be given priority over children on the waiting list.  This is in accordance with the School Admissions Code 2014. 

A child that is at the top of the Waiting List will not necessarily be eligible for a place when a child leaves that year group.   If the school is already over its Admission Number then a place will only become available when the year group falls below this number.  In addition, pupils admitted after a successful appeal or under the Fair Access Protocol will have priority for a place.  With this in mind you may wish to consider submitting an appeal for a place at your preferred school if you have not done so already, rather than waiting for a place to become available.

Parents will be reminded during the summer holidays that the waiting lists are being reviewed and that they have the option to remain on it for a further year.  If parents do not respond to the reminder it will be assumed that they no longer require their child’s name to remain on the waiting list.  Random audits may also be undertaken throughout the year to ensure that waiting lists are up to date.