School waiting lists

All over-subscribed schools run waiting lists

Secondary school waiting lists will be established on 10 March 2022.
Infant, primary and junior school waiting lists will be established on 28 April 2022.

Joining the waiting list

If you are refused a place your child will automatically be added to the waiting list of any school named on your application that was a higher preference than the school allocated to your child.

You must let us know if you no longer wish to be on the waiting list of any of your preferred schools.

If you want to join the waiting list of a lower preference school or another school, you will need to make a new application.

Your child’s position on the list

Your child's position on a waiting list is determined by the priority order shown in the school's admission policy. For example:

  • living in the school's catchment area
  • having a brother or sister at the school or
  • the distance from your home to school

Your child's position on a waiting list may move up or down:

  • each time a child is added to, or removed from, the waiting list
  • when a child’s changed circumstances affect their priority

The position does not take account of the length of time your child's name has been on the waiting list.

You must tell the Admissions Team if your circumstances change as this could affect your child's position on the school's waiting list.

To find out your child's position on the waiting list contact the school or the County Admissions Team

Offering a place

When a place becomes available, the child at the top of the waiting list at that time will be offered the place.

Please note that if we are able to offer your child a place from the waiting list, any previous offer will automatically be withdrawn.

Closing lists

For community and voluntary controlled schools, waiting lists for entry to Year R, 3 and Year 7 in September 2022 will close on 31 August 2023. For all other year groups, waiting lists will remain open until 31 August of each year. Parents who want their child to be considered for a place at the school in the following school year must submit a new in-year application in the August preceding the new school year. Schools will send a decision letter within the first 10 days of the new term.

Academies and foundation, free, trust and voluntary aided schools may have different arrangements in place for the closing of their waiting lists. You should refer to the school’s admission policy for details.