Move to a different school (In-year applications 2016/2017)

How to complete an application to move your child to a different school during the 2016/2017 school year.

Sometimes parents or carers apply for their child to go to a new school during the school year, or at the start of the school year but in a different age group from the school's normal entry year. We call these in-year applications.

Read In-Year Admissions to Schools in Suffolk 2016/2017 for further information.

Our Directories of Schools also have details of schools in Suffolk and their allocation process:

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

Read guidance on transferring schools (PDF, 138KB) before moving your child from their current school.

 


To find out more about the admissions process and the schools you are interested in:

You should also:

  • Check with the Admissions Team or the school on the availability of places for your child’s year group.
    Be aware that even if the school is full, you are still able to apply for a place.
  • Visit or talk to the school(s) you are interested in if you can to see if they are right for your child.
  • Be realistic about your preference(s).
  • Be aware that a place at any school, including your catchment area school, cannot be guaranteed
  • Think about how your child will travel to and from school. 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 home to school travel.


Further information is available in the In-Year Admissions to Schools in Suffolk 2016/2017 explaining how to apply and if you are moving house or are planning to move house during the application process.

Community and voluntary controlled schools

If you live in Suffolk or in another county and you wish to make an in-year application to a Suffolk school you can apply for a place by completing an in-year application form (CAF2)Once you have completed the form please send it to the Admissions Team.

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

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 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 18 to 20 of the In-Year Admissions to Schools in Suffolk 2016/2017 for more information.

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. 

Voluntary aided, foundation, free schools and academies

If you live in Suffolk or in another county and you wish to make an in-year application to a Suffolk school you should contact the school directly for details on how to apply.

Alternatively you can apply for a place by completing an own admissions authority in-year application form (ADM1).

Here is a List of Foundation, Voluntary Aided, Academies and Free Schools in Suffolk.

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

and the SIFs that you may need.

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.

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

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).

You can find the over subscription criteria for all schools in the Directories for schools in Suffolk Primary, Infant, Junior or Middle Schools or Upper and High Schools.

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.


Community and voluntary controlled schools

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. They 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 2016/2017 for more information. 

Voluntary aided, foundation, free schools and academies

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 on the Suffolk schools web pages.


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.

Contacting School Admissions

  • Web chat is the quickest and easiest way to contact School Admissions; Monday to Friday 9am to 4.30pm.
    The chat with us button will appear in the right hand corner when someone is available to talk to.
  • Email: admissions@suffolk.gov.uk
  • Call: 0345 600 0981
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