Applying to change school

If your child already attends a school, but you would like them to move to a different one, you can apply to change schools.

In year transfer applications won’t usually be considered until 21 days before school place is required (35 days if you’re moving house). This doesn’t include deferred entry for children starting reception. Applications to transfer in September will be considered from 1 June.

You must only apply if you have parental responsibility for the child.

Applications will be accepted for children who meet one or more of the following:

  • are resident in the UK
  • hold full British Citizen passports
  • are from countries whose passports have been endorsed to show that they have the right to live in this country
  • are from the European Economic Area (EEA)

Applications for children who do not meet one of these criteria will not be accepted until the child is in this country. Applicants from EEA countries will need to provide a copy of the child’s passport to confirm that the child is a resident of an EEA country. Applicants for children from non-EEA countries will need to provide copies of the child’s and applicant’s passport and visa, to confirm they are entitled to receive a state funded education in England.

How to apply

The quickest and easiest way to apply for a school place is online.

You will need to set up an account on the Citizens Portal, our online admissions system.

It will take you up to 20 minutes to apply. You’ll receive a confirmation email once you have submitted your application.

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Alternatively you can send us a paper application form.

What happens next?

If you have applied online, we’ll email you to let you know the outcome of your application.

If you applied by post and you opted to receive the outcome via email, we will email you the outcome of your application. If you have not opted to receive the outcome via email we will send you a letter to let you know the outcome of your application.

Applications are usually processed within ten working days. This may not be possible during school holidays as we may be unable to contact the school.

If you are happy with your allocated school place, you will need to accept it. Online applicants can email their response. Paper applicants can fill in the response form, which will be included in your outcome letter, and post it back to us, or email us the response.

If you do not get the school place you want, you can be put on a waiting list for your preferred school(s) and you can appeal. Information on how to do this will be included in your application outcome.

You can also withdraw your application and make a new one with new school preferences.

If your child is due to start school for the first time, visit our applying for a school place page.

school admissions team

01275 884 078 and 01275 884 014

admissions@n-somerset.gov.uk