Move to a different school (In-year applications 2017/2018)

How to apply to move your child to a different school during the 2017/2018 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 2017/2018 (PDF, 898KB) 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 2017/2018 guide (PDF, 898KB) 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) (PDF, 234KB). 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) (PDF, 125KB).

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 2017/2018 guide (PDF, 898KB) 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) (PDF, 231KB).

List of voluntary aided, foundation, free schools and academies (PDF, 82KB).

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. Click below to see whether you will need to complete one:

Admission Policies and Supplementary Information Forms (SIFs) for 2017/2018

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).

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 2017/2018 guide (PDF, 898KB) 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.


Waiting lists

Community and Voluntary Controlled Schools

For the normal year of entry, if we're unable to offer your child a place at one of your preferred schools we will automatically add their name to the waiting list for those schools. 

Further information can be found in the waiting list section of the Admissions to Schools in Suffolk guide 2017/2018 (Page 30).

The waiting lists will cease to operate at the end of the first full week of the spring term (Friday 12 January 2018).

We do not hold waiting lists for in-year applications.

Voluntary Aided, foundation, free schools and academies

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

Admission arrangements for 2017/2018 (Determined Admission Arrangements)

Download Suffolk County Council's Determined Admission Arrangements (PDF, 364KB)

These include:

  • The oversubscription criteria for community and voluntary controlled schools
  • Co-ordinated Admissions Scheme
  • Fair Access Protocol
  • Published Admission Numbers for Suffolk schools
  • Supplementary Information Form for voluntary controlled schools

Search a list of Admission Policies and Supplementary Information Forms for 2017/2018

Local Authority Report

Download Local Authority Report (PDF, 397KB)

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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