Most schools hold waiting lists for all year groups.
You can only request to go on a waiting list in the following circumstances:
- where you have applied for and you were refused a place; and
- where the school holds a list
Your school place allocation letter will tell you how you can request to go on a list.
How waiting lists operate
Where a school holds a waiting list, the follow terms and conditions apply:
- Waiting lists are based on the school’s oversubscription criteria. This is the list that is used to decide the order of priority.
- Children’s places on a waiting list are subject to change. A child's position may change if
- extra information is received about applications; or
- other children are added to the list.
- No priority is given to the length of time that a child has been on the list.
- The following children have priority over children on a waiting list:
- Children in care and those that were previously in care
- Children with an Education, Health and Care Plan
- Children allocated to a school under the Fair Access Protocol
- Children admitted after a successful admission appeal.
- 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.
- Parents will need to reapply at the end of the academic year if they still wish their child to be considered for a place.