Applying for a voluntary aided, free school or academy
If you wish to make an in-year application to a Suffolk voluntary aided, free school or academy, you should:
- check with the school to see if they have their own application form that they would prefer you to complete and request a copy if required.
- check whether you need to complete a Supplementary Information Form (SIF), see our list of schools' details, admissions policies and Supplementary Information Forms. A SIF provides extra information for the admissions authority. This helps them apply their oversubscription criteria to rank your application.
- apply for a place by completing the school’s own application form, or complete an editable version of the in-year application form (ADM1) (Word, 69KB) and email to the school, or if you are unable to access this version apply for a place by downloading and completing the in-year application form (ADM1) (PDF, 216KB)*.
- complete the SIF (if required).
- send the application form and the SIF (if required) directly to the school you are applying for.
You can find the email addresses for individual schools on Suffolk Infolink.
*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 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.
If there are more applications than there are places available, the oversubscription criteria for the relevant school will be applied and the applicants will be ranked. The applicant(s) with the highest criteria will be offered a place(s).
View the list of schools' details, admissions policies and Supplementary Information Forms or read the relevant Directory of Schools in Suffolk. This will help you to understand how places are offered for each school you are interested in, as they may be different from one another.
After you apply for a school place
The school should aim to notify you of the outcome of your application in writing within 10 school days of receiving it. However, they must notify you in writing of the outcome within 15 school days.
Contact information for all schools is available from our online Infolink directory of schools in Suffolk
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 from the school.
You may also wish to make another application for a different school.
If your child does not have a local school place and the school notifies us of their decision, we will offer a place at an alternative community or voluntary controlled school, or notify you of an alternative school in your area.
You should speak to the school or visit the school's own website for information on waiting lists.
Making another application for the schools you have already applied for
You should speak to the school or visit the school's own website for information on when you can make another application for a school you have already applied for. In most cases, if your application is refused another application will not be processed for the same school year, unless there has been a significant change in circumstances of the:
- child or
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.