Applications for the normal year of entry
Read the Admissions to Schools in Suffolk 2023/2024 guide for more information about anything in this section.
If you're happy with the school your child has been offered
We will assume you have accepted the school place offered to your child if we have not heard from you.
This will not affect your chances of getting a place at a higher preference school either:
- from the waiting list
- through an appeal (for any of your preferred schools that your child has been refused a place at)
If your child has been offered a school in another county, you may be required to formally accept the place. Please contact the school directly for details.
If you're not happy with the school your child has been offered
If we are unable to offer your child a place at any of your preferred school(s), we will automatically add their name to the waiting list for that school(s).
Names are placed on the waiting list in priority order. This is set out in the school’s admissions oversubscription criteria.
The order of the waiting list can change when:
- a new child’s name is added
- the circumstances of a child already on the list changes
This means a child’s place on the waiting list can go up or down, for example, due to withdrawals or late applications.
The waiting lists will close on 31 December 2023 for:
- community and voluntary controlled schools
- voluntary aided schools and academies who have agreed to operate the same policy as Suffolk County Council
You can find out when the waiting lists close for voluntary aided, free schools and academies that do not follow the same policy as Suffolk County Council from the schools directly.
You can contact the Admissions Team on 0345 600 0981 (local rate) or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org to find out your child’s position on the waiting list. Please remember that the information we provide is only accurate at the time you contact us.
Appealing the decision
You have the right of appeal if your child has been refused a place at any of your preferred school(s).
Find out about the appeals process and download an appeal form.
Appeal forms received by the Education Appeals Office on or before 29 March 2023 will be heard by 15 June 2023.
If they are received after this date they may be heard later. In some case, appeals may not be heard until after the beginning of the new school year.
If you want to apply for a different school(s)
You must submit a paper application form (CAF1) if you wish to apply for a different school(s) after receiving an offer of a school place.
However, the new application will supercede your previous application.
This means that you must include any schools from your first application above your new preferences on your second or subsequent application if you would like them to remain as a live preference and you still want:
- the right to appeal
- your child’s name to remain on the waiting list
If your application is unsuccessful then you will have a legal right to appeal the decision. The details of how to appeal should be included in the decision letter.
You may also wish to make another application for a different school.
If your child does not have a local school place, we will offer a place at an alternative community or voluntary controlled school, or notify you of an alternative school in your area.
We do not hold waiting lists for in-year applications to community and voluntary controlled schools.
Some voluntary aided, free schools and academies do hold waiting lists throughout the year for all year groups. This information is available from the schools directly.
Making another application for the schools you have already applied for
If your application has been refused, we will not process another application for the same school in the same school year, unless there has been a significant change in circumstances of the parent/carer, child or school. This might be a house move or a place becoming available at a school.
If circumstances have not changed you can make another application for the following school year. However, this will not normally be considered more than one term ahead of the date when you want your child to start at the school.
Some voluntary aided, free schools and academies may have different arrangements. You should contact them directly for more information.