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W​aiting Lists – Important Changes

This year we have changed the way we manage waiting lists.  Please make sure that you have read our Waiting Lists page to understand what you may need to do

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15. Later allocation rounds


If we are not able to offer your child a place at your preferred school on 16 April 2018 and you still want us to, we will try to do this in a later allocation round if places become available. Places may become available as parents decline them, or as their children are offered higher preference schools. Successful admission appeals for one school may also free up places at another school.

For your child to be included in a later allocation round, their name must be on the waiting list for your preferred school or schools.

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

  • You have asked for a new preference (from the third allocation round - 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 make it clear in your offer letter or email the date by which you should respond.

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. 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 given in the following table. 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.  Also let the LA know if you want to remove your child’s name from a waiting list.



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 are given below.

Second allocation round

For the second round of allocations we will include:

  • applications considered on National Offer Day where a place could not be offered and the child is on a waiting list
  • new applications received between 30 January and 30 April 2018 which may include applications from families who have provided evidence to confirm they have moved into the area by the deadline of 16 April.

We will also change the address for school place application purposes for families that moved after the 29 January deadline, but by 16 April 2018, and provided sufficient evidence to confirm this.

By 30 April 2018:

  • If you no longer want your child to be considered for a place at a preferred school, make sure you have asked us to remove their name from the waiting list. It is very important that you tell us this as we will have automatically added your child to waiting lists where we could not offer a place on National Offer day.
  • If your circumstances have changed, let us know if you would now like your application for a preferred school considered under the Exceptional Medical or Social Needs rule

On 25 May, we will:

  • post a letter to let you know the outcome of your application.
  • let you know your child’s waiting list position for schools where we have not been able to offer a place.

Third and later allocation rounds

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:

Third round

8 June 2018

26 June 2018


Fourth round

5 July 2018

19 July 2018

17 August 2018


After 19 July we will offer further places as they become available.  There are usually very few at this time of year.

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 you are on the waiting list for.  We will do this right up until the start of school in September.


If you have missed the application deadline and still need to apply for your child’s Reception place or for a Year 3 place at a Junior School, please download and print the application form and return it to us so as soon as possible,  either by attaching it to our contact us form or posting it to us


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Last updated: 6 April 2018

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