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15. Changing your preferences
Think carefully about whether you need to change your school preferences. We would normally only expect parents to change their preferences in exceptional circumstances.
If you do need to change your preferences, be realistic in your expectations. You can use the ‘Find my child a school place’ service to check any school details and view allocation information. Other LAs will have information about the allocations for schools in their area on their websites.
We will only accept changes of preference and/or changes of preference ranking for the third and later allocation rounds. You must wait until the second allocation round has taken place before deciding whether or not to change your preferences. See the deadlines for preference changes for inclusion in the third and later rounds
If you decide to make changes, you need to send us your new list of preferences using our Contact Us form. New preferences and changes of preference order will only be considered from the third allocation round. This list becomes your new preference order and we automatically put your child on the waiting list for each of the schools.
You can include original preferences amongst any new ones as long as the order is clear. If you list schools in other LA areas, we will let them know.
Ask for an Admission Appeal
As your child was not offered a place at the school you would like, you can ask for an Admission Appeal. Your child’s name will already be on the school’s waiting list. Please read the appeals section for more information.
Last updated: 12 April 2021