Move to a different school (in-year applications 2018/2019)

Find out what you need to know before, during and after applying for your child to move to a different school during the 2018/2019 school year.

Parents and carers can make an in-year application for their child to go to a new school:

  • during the school year
  • at the start of the school year but in a different age group from the school's normal year of entry

Making an in-year application depends on which school or schools you want to apply for: 

  • Suffolk County Council deals with in-year applications for community and voluntary controlled schools
  • Voluntary aided, foundation, free schools and academies deal with their in-year applications directly

Find out if your preferred school is in our list of voluntary aided, foundation, free schools and academies. If you can't find your preferred school in this list, then it is a community or voluntary controlled school.

If your child is changing schools, you need to think about:

  • your reasons for moving schools
  • if the school is right for your child
  • how your child will travel to school
  • the availability of places in the year group at your preferred school. Be aware that even if the school is full, you are still able to apply for a place.

To find out more about the admissions process and the schools you are interested in, read the In-Year Admissions to Schools in Suffolk 2018/2019 guide (PDF, 834KB).

Reasons for moving schools

Think about why you are applying to change schools. Read guidance on transferring schools (PDF, 138KB) before moving your child from their current school.

Check which catchment area you are in or view the catchment area maps. A catchment area school may not be the nearest school to your home address. Some voluntary aided, foundation, free schools and academies do not operate catchment areas.

If you live near the border with CambridgeshireEssex or Norfolk you may wish to apply for schools in these local authorities. You can visit their websites for details about the schools in their areas. 

New schools from September 2018

The Limes Primary Academy, Lime Avenue, Oulton, Lowestoft, NR32 3BQ:

The Pines Primary School, Manor Wood, Red Lodge, Bury St Edmunds, IP28 8WL:

Find more information about schools in Suffolk including their website, prospectus and open days.

Read the relevant Directory of Schools in Suffolk to understand how places are offered for each school y

You are interested in as they may be different from one another:

Each Directory includes:

  • contact details for each school
  • the number of places in the year group which is known as the Published Admission Number (PAN)
  • information relating to last year’s on time applications
  • the admissions policy which includes the oversubscription criteria used to rank applications

Availability of school places 

Check with the Admissions Team or the school on the availability of places for your child’s year group. You need to be:

  • aware that even if the school is full, you are still able to apply for a place
  • realistic about your preference(s)
  • aware that a place at any school, including your catchment area school, cannot be guaranteed

Read our advice and tips for parents choosing a school for a child with SEND.

You are responsible for ensuring they attend school and this includes getting them there. However, in some cases we will help with your child's school travel:

The current School Travel Policy is available at Suffolk on Board

Please note that Suffolk’s School Travel Policy 2019/2020 has been amended. Full details of these changes and how they may affect your child’s future entitlement can be found on Suffolk on Board.

How to apply for a school place

If you live in Suffolk or in another county and you wish to make an in-year application to a Suffolk community and/or voluntary controlled school, you can apply for a place by completing an in-year application form (CAF2).

Download a CAF2 form

Complete and return the CAF2 application form to:

Admissions Team
Endeavour House
8 Russell Road
Ipswich
IP1 2BX

If you are applying for a Church of England voluntary controlled school based on religious grounds, you must complete a Supplementary Information Form (SIF) (PDF, 71KB).

If you don't have a printer please contact us on 0345 600 0981 (local rate) and we will send you a paper application form (CAF2) or a SIF in the post.

If you live in Suffolk and wish to make an in-year application to a school outside Suffolk, please contact the relevant local authority to find out how to apply.

Oversubscription criteria

If there are more applications than there are places available, the oversubscription criteria for community and voluntary controlled schools will be applied and the applicants will be ranked. The applicant(s) with the highest criteria will be offered a place(s).

Please see pages 16 to 19 of the In-Year Admissions to Schools in Suffolk 2018/2019 guide (PDF, 834KB) for more information.

After you apply for a school place

The Admissions Team will aim to process your application within 10 school days of receiving it. It may take slightly longer to process your application at busy times or if we need to contact schools.

The team will write to you to let you know the outcome of your application. They cannot give this information out over the phone.

Please see the In-Year Admissions to Schools in Suffolk 2018/2019 guide (PDF, 834KB) for more information.

Unsuccessful applications

If your application is unsuccessful then you will be given the right of appeal.

You may also wish to make another application at a different school.

If your child does not have a local school place, we will offer a place at an alternative school or notify you of an alternative school in your area.

Waiting lists

The normal year of entry

If we're unable to offer your child a place at one of your preferred school(s), we will automatically add their name to the waiting list for those schools.

Further information can be found in the waiting list section on page 30 of the Admissions to Schools in Suffolk 2018/2019 guide (PDF, 920KB).

The waiting lists for community and voluntary controlled schools will close on Sunday 31 December 2018. The waiting lists for voluntary aided, foundation, free schools and academies will be available from the schools directly

In-year applications

We do not hold waiting lists for in-year applications to community and voluntary controlled schools.

How to apply for a school place

If you wish to make an in-year application to a Suffolk voluntary aided, foundation, free school or academy, you should first:

  1. check with the school to see if they have their own application form that they would prefer you to complete
  2. apply for a school place by completing the school’s own application form or the in-year application form (ADM1) (PDF, 128KB)

Acting as their own admissions authority, some voluntary aided schools and academies may also ask that you complete one of their own Supplementary Information Forms (SIFs) for some of their criteria.

See whether you will need to complete one for your preferred school: Admission Policies and Supplementary Information Forms (SIFs) for 2018/2019.

Once you have completed the application form and the SIF (if necessary) please send them directly to the school you are applying for.

If you don't have a printer please contact us on 0345 600 0981 (local rate) and we will send you a paper application form (ADM1) or a SIF in the post.

If you live in Suffolk and wish to make an in-year application to a school outside Suffolk please contact the relevant local authority to find out how to apply.

Oversubscription criteria

If there are more applications than there are places available, the relevant oversubscription criteria will be applied and the applicants will be ranked. The applicant(s) with the highest criteria will be offered a place(s).

Admission Policies and Supplementary Information Forms (SIFs) for 2018/2019.

After you apply for a school place

You should speak to the school or visit the school's own website to find out how they will process your application. The school will write to you with the outcome of your application.

Contact information for all schools is available from our online Infolink directory of schools in Suffolk.

Unsuccessful applications

If your application is unsuccessful then you will have a legal right to appeal the decision. 

You may also wish to make another application at a different school.

If your child does not have a local school place, we will offer a place at an alternative school or notify you of an alternative school in your area.

Waiting lists

You should speak to the school or visit the school's own website for information on waiting lists.

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Determined Admission Arrangements

Download Suffolk County Council's Determined Admission Arrangements for 2018/2019 (PDF, 1MB).

These include the:

  • Oversubscription criteria for community and voluntary controlled schools
  • Co-ordinated Admissions Scheme
  • Published Admission Numbers for Suffolk schools
  • Supplementary Information Form for voluntary controlled schools

Search a list of Admission Policies and Supplementary Information Forms for voluntary aided, foundation, free schools and academies for 2018/2019.

Download Suffolk County Council’s Fair Access Protocol (PDF, 204KB)

Local Authority Report

Download the Local Authority Report (PDF, 198KB).

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