Changing school in-year

1. Making an in-year application

New in-year school applications for the current academic year  ( i.e. to start before July 2020) are closed until further notice due to the impact of the COVID-19 virus.

If you have moved or intend to move into the county of Buckinghamshire and your child is not currently on a school roll then please complete our contact us form providing your child’s information.

From 16 April we will accept in-year applications for September 2020 entry, but processing may be delayed.

We will continue to seek advice from the Department for Education so it is important that you check this webpage on a regular basis for any changes to the current arrangements.


How you make an application will depend on why you wish to move school:

  • if you wish to move schools but are not moving house, you will need to speak to the headteacher of your existing school for an application form
  • if you are moving house you can use our online application form
  • if you are moving to grammar school your child will need to take a transfer test

You can only make an in-year application 6 weeks before you intend to move schools.


Find the schools near to you

Use our 'Find your child a school place' service to find information about the schools you are interested in including:

  • catchment areas
  • OFSTED report
  • admission numbers
  • admission rules


Check for school places

Many Buckinghamshire schools will already be full and may only have occasional vacancies when a child leaves the school. 

Check school spaces 

As vacancies can change on a daily basis any information about vacancies received direct from a school, is only valid at the time the information is provided.


Fair Access Protocol

We have a Fair Access Protocol which ensures that vulnerable groups of children can quickly access school places.

The protocol ensures that all schools take an equal number of children who may, for a variety of reasons, need more support. These children can take precedence over all other children on a school's continuing interest list. 

Please note that removing your child from their current school when you do not have an alternative school place for them, will not give them priority under Fair Access.

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Last updated: 30 March 2020

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