Starting school or moving up to Junior school

14. Later allocation rounds

If we are unable to offer your child a place at your preferred school on 18 April 2017 and you still want us to, we will try to do this in a later allocation round if places become available. We may be able to do this because other parents have refused our offer, for example, they may have made other arrangements for their child’s education in September 2017. Successful appeals for one school may free up places at another.

For your child to be included in a later allocation round, you must have asked us to put their name on the waiting list for your preferred school(s).

We will only write to you in a later allocation round if: 

  • You have asked for a new preference (we need to tell you if this can be offered or not)


  • We have been able to make an offer of a place at a school on your original or later application, that you listed higher than the school we have already offered, and your child is on that school’s waiting list.

We will not write to you again to tell you that we still cannot offer a place at a school that you listed on an earlier application.

If you live outside of Buckinghamshire, we will let your home LA know if we can make an offer for your child at one of our schools. It will be for them to let you know and this can be at a different time to Buckinghamshire parents. They will also let us know about any further offers at their schools for our children.

If your child cannot be offered a preferred school in a later round of allocations, we will let you know where they are on any Buckinghamshire school waiting lists on the dates we have given in the table below. If your child is on a waiting list for a school outside of Buckinghamshire, you will need to contact that LA direct and ask them how you can find out what your child’s position is.

Waiting lists for admission to Reception and Year 3 in Buckinghamshire primary schools will be maintained until the end of August 2017 at which time we will write to ask you to confirm whether you still wish your child to be considered for a place at the school.

The table shows the deadlines by which we need to receive information from you for your child to be included in a later allocation round, and the dates we will write to you.

  Information about:
• Adding/removing your child’s name to/from a waiting list
•Changing preferences
•A move to Buckinghamshire that has taken place* must be received by this date:
Offer letters will be posted. We will also send a letter where we cannot  offer a place at a new preference on this date: Where a place cannot be offered, we will send waiting list position emails on this date:
Second round 2 May 2017 26 May 2017 30 May 2017
Third round 9 June 2017 23 June 2017 Waiting list emails will not be sent after the 3rd round
Fourth round 3 July 2017 14 July 2017 end August 2017

After 14 July we will offer any further places as they become available.

* You can find the evidence we will accept about your move to our area under What to do if you are moving house

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Last updated: 14 March 2017

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