Step 4: Complete the in-year school admissions application form

To read this page in Ukrainian, please see Google Translate: Крок 4: Заповніть форму заявки

Disclaimer: as the translations linked above are provided by Google Translate, Surrey County Council cannot be held responsible for their accuracy.



Summary of this step

You must fill in the appropriate application form and return it.

You should read the information to help you complete your application before filling in the form.


Which form to use

There are two different application forms available:

  • The Centrally Managed Application (CMA) form for schools that we receive applications for
  • The School Managed Application (SMA) form for schools that receive applications direct

You must use the correct application form. You can find out which form to use by:

Completing the Centrally Managed Application (CMA) form – for schools that we receive applications for

  • You can express a preference for up to three schools on the CMA form.
  • You must name the schools in the order you prefer them, with your most preferred school first. This information is not shared with the schools and will not disadvantage your application.
  • If any of the schools named on your CMA form require a supplementary information form (check the directory of Surrey schools or the schools' own websites), you must complete the supplementary form as well, and return it to the address on the form. Supplementary information forms provide schools with additional information they may need to be able to apply their admissions criteria. Do not complete a supplementary form unless you have also named the school on your application form and it is required to apply the admission criteria – completing a supplementary information form alone is not a valid application.

Apply online

  • You can apply online using our In Year online portal
  • If you apply online, be sure to submit your application when it is complete and make sure you receive a confirmation email.
  • You can upload any supporting information online at the time of making your application, such as professional evidence to support an exceptional medical/social claim, a change of address or proof of arrival in the United Kingdom, or you can email these to us at schooladmissions@surreycc.gov.uk

Apply on paper

Completing the School Managed Application (SMA) form – for schools that receive applications direct

  • Download and complete application form SMA (PDF). Read the guidance notes (PDF) to help you complete your form.
  • You can download and complete the Ukrainian language version application form SMA (PDF) and the Ukrainian language version guidance notes (PDF).
  • You can express a preference for only one school on this form. However you can complete more than one copy of this form if you want to apply to more than one school.
  • Return the completed form directly to the school you are applying for.
  • If the school named on your form requires a supplementary information form (check the directory of Surrey schools or the school's own website), you must complete the supplementary form as well, and return it directly to the school. Supplementary information forms provide schools with additional information they may need to be able to apply their admissions criteria. Do not complete a supplementary form unless you have named the school on your application form and it is required by the school – completing a supplementary information form alone is not a valid application.

Information to help you complete your application

All of the information below is important and may affect the place that is offered to your child - please take the time to read it.

Who should apply

The person applying should be the person with parental responsibility for the child. If you are unsure of your status you should submit your application with a covering letter explaining your situation.

The address to use

The address on the application must be the child's current permanent place of residence, usually the parents' address.

  • Where the child is subject to a child arrangements order and that order stipulates that the child will live with one parent/carer more than the other, the address to be used will be the one where the child is expected to live for the majority of the time.
  • In other cases where the parents do not live together, the address is where the child spends most of their time. In cases, where the child spends an equal time between their parents/carers, it will be up to the parent/carers to agree which address to use.
  • Where a child spends their time equally between their parents/carers and they cannot agree on who should make the application, we will accept an application from the parent/carer who is registered for child benefit (where applicable). If neither parent/carer is registered for child benefit we will accept the application from the parent/carer whose address is registered with the child's current school or nursery.
  • You must not use a business or carer/childminder's address.
  • You must also not use a relative's address unless the child lives at that address as their normal place of residence.
  • We will not normally accept a temporary address if the main carer of the child still owns or rents a property that has previously been used as a home address, nor if we believe it has been used to obtain a school place when an alternative address is still available to that child.
  • Where a temporary address is used to secure a school place and the agreement to reside there is due to expire before the allocation of places, we may contact you for an update on your plans to secure a more permanent address.
  • An application can only be made from one address, and only one application per child can be made.

We will need two pieces of evidence of where you live. Please provide either two pieces of evidence from group A or one from group A and one from group B.

Group A

  • Current financial year council tax statement
  • Solicitor's letter on exchange with completion date stated (address will not be updated until child is resident in the property)
  • Tenancy agreement signed by both tenant and landlord
  • Current financial year benefits proof of entitlement

Group B

  • Utility bill (excluding mobile phone - less than 3 months old)
  • Driving licence
  • Bank statement (less than 3 months old)
  • Current TV licence
  • GP or medical letter (less than 3 months old)

We will check the address on your application against the records we hold for your child's current school and we may also check council tax records or write to ask you to provide further proof of your address.

Any offer of a school place based on where your child lives, is conditional on your child living at that address on the date the offer is made.

We will investigate any applications where there is doubt about the address being given. Use of false information may lead us to withdraw an offer of a place, even after a child has started at a school.

More information on how we will investigate applications is available in our Address of Convenience Assessment Protocol (PDF) and if you wish to made a referral please use the Address of Convenience Referral Form (PDF).

If you change address after applying

If you move after applying, you must let us or the school know immediately confirming the date you moved and providing evidence of your new address, for example, a copy of your signed tenancy agreement or confirmation of exchange with the date of completion.

A new address can only be considered once a house move has taken place and we reserve the right to seek further verification from you.

If you do not tell the school or us about a move, or about a declared house move that has failed to take place we may withdraw any offer of a school place we have made.

Looked after and previously looked after children

If the child is currently looked after by a local authority you should not complete the in-year application form. Instead their social worker should contact Admissions to request an in-year application form for children in care to apply for a school place.

If the child was previously in care but left through adoption, a child arrangement order or special guardianship order or was adopted from state care outside England, you must indicate this on your application form and provide supporting evidence.

Applying under exceptional medical or social criteria

If you wish to apply under a school's exceptional medical or social criteria you must provide relevant information, including medical evidence where appropriate, to support your case at the time of your application.

The exceptional social or medical circumstances might relate to either the child or the parent/carer. Supporting evidence from a professional is required such as a doctor and/or consultant for medical cases or a social worker, health visitor, housing officer, the police or probation officer for other social circumstances. This evidence must confirm the circumstances of the case and must set out why the child should attend a particular school and why no other school could meet the child's needs. If you are applying for exceptional priority for a school that is not your nearest, you must explain why nearer schools cannot meet your child's needs.

Providing evidence does not guarantee that a child will be given priority at a particular school and in each case a decision will be made based on the merits of the case and whether the evidence demonstrates that a placement should be made at one particular school above any other.

Common medical conditions and allergies can usually be supported in all mainstream schools, therefore priority under a school's exceptional medical criterion would not normally be given for these. Some mainstream schools have units attached which provide specialist provision for children with an Education, Health and Care Plan which names the school. The facilities in these units are not normally available to children in the mainstream school and as such priority under a school's exceptional social or medical criterion would not normally be agreed for a mainstream place on the basis of a specialist unit being attached to the school.

In addition, routine child minding arrangements would not normally be considered to be an exceptional social reason for placement at a particular school.

Places may be allocated under this criterion when places are first offered at a school and the local authority may also ask schools to admit over their published admission number at other times under this criterion.

Siblings

If you believe your child is eligible for sibling priority at one of your preferred schools, you must include their details on your application.

For community and voluntary controlled schools we define a sibling as:

  • a brother or sister (with the same parents) whether living at the same address or not, or
  • a half brother or sister, adopted or fostered brother or sister or step brother or sister living as part of the same family unit at the same address, Monday to Friday

If you fail to tell us about an eligible sibling in your application this could result in your child receiving a lower priority for a school place.

Siblings must already be on roll at the school you are applying for (or another school which operates a shared sibling priority) and be expected to still be on roll at that school on the date of the child's admission. A child will not be eligible for sibling priority if their sibling is attending or due to attend a nursery that is attached to the school.

Academies and foundation, free, trust and voluntary aided schools may have different definitions of siblings and also different criteria regarding them. You should contact these schools directly for details.

Your reasons for preference

The application has space for you to give a reason for naming a school as a preference but you do not have to complete this. Any information included will be considered, but reasons given will not usually affect how places are prioritised.

Fair access admissions

Our Fair Access Protocol (FAP) ensures that, outside the normal admissions round, unplaced and vulnerable children, and those who are having difficulty in securing a school place in-year, are offered a place at a suitable school as quickly as possible. It also ensures that, when seeking to place a child under this Protocol, no school – including those with places available will be asked to take a disproportionate number of children who have been permanently excluded from other schools, who display challenging behaviour, or who meet one of the other categories of the Protocol. Applicants are asked to answer the questions on fair access admissions honestly and accurately to ensure that qualifying children can be identified quickly.

Supporting evidence

Please don't forget to include any supporting evidence, for example: proof of address that we need to see or medical evidence that you want us to consider. Please do not send original documents as we will be unable to return them.

Failure to complete the application fully or to attach required evidence may result in a delay in processing your application. If you are unable to provide the required documents, please contact us on 0300 200 1004 for further advice (Mon-Fri, 9am-5pm).

Continue to step 5: Outcome of your application


Files available to download


In this section