National Offer Day - 18 April
Starting school or moving up to Junior school
12. First round allocations
If you applied by 16 January 2017, we will post you a letter on 18 April 2017 if you applied using a paper form or we have not been able to offer you a place at any of your preferred schools. Remember that if you applied online you will receive your child’s offer by email on 18 April and be able to view the outcome of your application online from this date.
If we received your application after this date we will write to you on 26 May 2017 to let you know which school we were able to offer your child. At the same time as we tell you which school your child has been offered, we also provide our primary schools with the details of those children due to join them in September. The school will write to you later on in the school year to tell you what the arrangements are for your child to start school.
What you need to do once you know which school your child has been offered
By 2 May 2017 you need to let us know what you want to do with the offer. You should tell us if you want to:
- Accept the place offered
- Decline the place offered
- Request to go on the waiting list for a school we could not offer
- Change your list of preferences
If you applied online you should log in to the online portal and submit your response. You will then receive an automated email to confirm we have received it.
If you applied using a paper form you can use our Contact Us form (you will receive an automatic reply as confirmation it has successfully reached us) or you can post us the reply slip in your offer letter. We cannot take your response over the telephone.
If you made your application to another Local Authority, you should respond directly to them, even if your response concerns a Buckinghamshire school. Your home LA will share the information with us.
If you do not respond to the offer
If you do not tell us what you would like us to do by 2 May 2017 we will contact you again to remind you that we need you to respond. At this time, if you do not reply we will withdraw the school offer we have made and offer it to another child.
If you don't need or want the place you have offered
Your child may no longer need a place in a Buckinghamshire primary school. This might be because you are moving away or have a place for your child at an independent school. You must let us know by 2 May 2017 and confirm which school your child will be going to in September. You can do this online or by returning the form enclosed with your child’s offer letter.
It is important that you do this not only so we know your plans for your child but so that we can offer the place your child does not need to another child. You should also read the information earlier in this section about the other options that are open to you and how to reply to our offer. Please bear in mind our advice that it is sensible to accept our offer to make sure that your child has a school place for September 2017.
We would like to remind the parents of all statutory school age children that it is your legal responsibility to ensure that your child receives a suitable education and that where we believe this may not be the case we will ask the council’s Education Welfare Service to contact you.
Last updated: 15 March 2017