Step 1: Check if you can apply for in-year admission


Summary of this step

You must check if you can apply for in-year application, or if you should apply during the normal admissions round instead.


You can make an in-year application if you need to join a school outside of the normal admissions round.

You do not need to apply for in-year admission if your child is:

  • currently in year 2 at infant school and you want to apply for them to move in September to junior school or a primary school with a year 3 intake – you should apply for a primary school place.
  • currently in year 6 at primary or junior school and you want to apply for them to move to year 7 at secondary school in September – you should apply for a secondary school place.
  • currently looked after by a local authority. You should not complete the in-year application form. Instead the child's social worker should contact Admissions to request an in-year application form for children in care to apply for a school place.

You can apply for in-year admission if:

  • you are moving house to Surrey, or within Surrey, and your child cannot continue at their current school.
  • your child is being educated at home and you want them to attend a mainstream school instead.
  • your child is currently in year 2 at infant school and you want to apply for them to move in September to a primary school that doesn't have a year 3 intake.
  • your child is already at school, but you want to move them to a different school.

Continue to step 2: What you need to know before applying