Late applications and changes of preference - secondary schools

If you submit your application or make any changes to your preferences without a good reason after the deadline, your application will be treated as late. This may affect the possibility of your child being offered a place at one of your preferred schools.

Between 1 November – 10 December 2020

If there is a genuine reason for late application or changes to your application – for example a change of address or circumstances – supported by written details and evidence, we will treat your application as on time only if the details reach us by 10 December 2020

The impact of the coronavirus pandemic means that, this year, admission authorities which offer all or some of their places according to academic ability or aptitude e.g. grammar schools, have carried out their tests in late October/November 2020. This means that, if you are applying for an ability or aptitude place, you may not have known the outcome of those tests by 31 October, the closing date for applications. If on receipt of your child's test results you wish to make changes to your preferences or order of preferences, we will make the changes, but only if details are received on or by 10 December 2020. Whilst we are aware that some selective schools may not issue the results of their second test until after 10 December 2020, we will not be able to make any further changes to your application after that date and so please let us know of any changes by 10 December 2020.

After 10 December 2020

All applications received after 10 December 2020 will be treated as late applications and only considered after all on-time applications have been processed. It is likely that there will be no vacancies at the school(s) you applied for, as these will have been allocated to those applying on time. However, if there are vacancies we will co-ordinate offers of places to these schools, based on each school's admission criteria. If there are no vacancies your child may be placed on the waiting list for the school(s) you have applied for.

After 1 March 2021

Any application received after 1 March 2021 will be treated for waiting list purposes alongside on time applications, with any places allocated according to each school's admission criteria and not according to the date the child was added to the waiting list.

Applications received towards the end of the summer term or during the summer holidays may not receive an outcome until the start of the autumn term, due to school closures during the summer break.

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