Schools' admission rules

A number of schools' admission rules (including all 13 grammar schools) are being considered by the Office of the School's Adjudicator (OSA). Updates to the rules will be available on schools' websites when available. The OSA ruling may also impact on the moving deadline of 1 October 2017 for most grammar schools

Moving up to secondary school

13. Adding your child to a waiting list

After each allocation round we will automatically add the names of the children who have not been offered a place at a preferred Buckinghamshire school to the waiting list for the schools for which they are qualified to attend where we were not able to offer a place.  We will do this for all children, not just those for whom we are the Home LA.

We will also automatically add the names of Buckinghamshire children with preferences for schools in other areas to the waiting lists.

How do I remove my child from a waiting list?

If you don’t remove your child from the waiting list, and we are able to offer a place at a school you listed higher on your application than the one offered, we will automatically give the place we allocated originally to another child.

Look at the table for deadline dates for later allocation rounds and make sure we receive your request to remove your child from a waiting list in plenty of time.

If you are happy with the school you have been offered and don’t want to pursue a place at a higher preference school, you must let us know

  • by 15 March 2018 if the school was allocated on National Offer Day. You can do this via the Application Portal, by returning the form enclosed with your offer letter (where provided) or by contacting us.
  • by the deadline in your offer letter/email for later rounds of allocation. You can respond by contacting us Please also see the information about later allocation rounds.

IMPORTANT NOTE - If you want to remove your child from a waiting list at any time, please let us know as soon as you decide this.

Each waiting list is held in admission rules order: this means that children with a high priority in the school’s admission rules will always be near the top of the waiting list, and children with a low priority will be nearer the bottom. Each time a child is added to the list, the child is slotted in the appropriate place according to their priority: waiting lists are never ‘first-come, first-served’.

Waiting lists will be used to offer any places that become available in later allocation rounds. All preferences will be treated equally even if they were late for the first allocation round.

You can also ask for an admission appeal.

Can my child go on the waiting list for a grammar school?

Only qualified children will be placed on the waiting list for a grammar school. ‘Qualified’ children are those who scored 121 or more in the Secondary Transfer Test, or those who were successful at Selection Review.

Your child will also be added to the waiting list for a particular grammar school if they were qualified by the Independent Appeal Panel but a place was not available at that particular school and the appeal for a place was not successful.

Children who qualify at appeal are only added to the waiting list for the particular grammar school once all the appeals for that school have been heard and the decisions advised to the appellants, admission authority and the LA.

See the appeals guide for more information.

What happens if a place becomes available for my child from the waiting list?

If a place becomes available at a school, and your child is at the top of the waiting list, we will automatically offer this place to your child: we will contact you and let you know.

If you have already accepted a place at a lower preference school, we will automatically take that place away and offer it to another child - we will not ask you before we do this, as we will assume you would prefer your child to go to the higher ranked school that they are on the waiting list for.

This is why it is very important for you to let us know immediately if you no longer want your child’s name to be included on a waiting list.

How do I find out my child’s waiting list position?

If your child is on a Buckinghamshire school waiting list (or lists), we will let you know their waiting list position on 10 April and 29 June.

We will not confirm waiting list positions at any other time.

Please bear in mind that your child’s position on a waiting list can go up or down as other children join or leave the list, depending on whether they have a higher priority in the admission rules than your child.

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Last updated: 1 September 2017

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