Last updated:
12 May 2016

Moving school

Apply for an in-year admission to move your child to a different school.

1 Overview

If your child needs to move to another school within the same year, you will need to apply for an in-year admission. You can apply for an in-year admission at any time of the year.

Places cannot be reserved in advance and normally have to be taken-up within 10 school days of being offered.

If you want an in-year place to start in September, please note that we will not be able to consider the application until June at the earliest. You should submit an application at that time, as it is not possible for us to hold your details.

There is no guarantee that a place will be available at your preferred school. Before you apply make sure that you read the admissions criteria.

Special rules apply to applications from Service Personnel and Crown servants

Members of the armed forces and crown servants with automatic right of entry to the UK who are able to provide evidence of their relocation may apply for a school place ahead of a move.

An application can be made as soon as confirmation of the relocation is available, with no restriction on how far in advance the application can be made. There is no guarantee that a place will be available at a preferred school; each application will be considered in line with the school's admissions criteria.

Applications from members of the armed forces must be supported by an official letter that declares a relocation date and a Unit postal address or quartering area address and it is this address that will be used when considering the application. For crown servants a United Kingdom address can only be used if there is confirmation of the address the child is returning to.

2 Moving to or within West Sussex

If you are applying for a school place in West Sussex the application form you need to complete depends on the school you are applying to, as some schools manage their own admissions.

Before applying, you can find your catchment area school and find out more about the schools you are interested in by searching the schools directory

You should also read the guidance notes which have more information about the in-year admission process: 

Applying to a school where we manage the admissions

To apply for a place at a community or controlled school where we manage their admissions:

In-year online application form - WSCC-managed admissions

If you are unable to apply online you can complete the application form below. 

Applying to a school where the school manages the admissions

To apply for a place at a school that manages its own admissions: 

Application forms for schools that manage their own admissions can also be obtained direct from the school.

Applying to a combination of schools

If you are applying to schools where we manage their admissions and schools who manage their own admissions, you will need to complete an In-year application - WSCC-managed admissions (IYA/WSCCMA) form and as many School-managed admissions (IYA/SMA) forms as required.

Supplementary information forms

Regardless of who manages their admissions, some schools might also ask you to complete a supplementary information form as well as an application form. The form helps schools gather additional information so applications can be considered correctly against their oversubscription criteria.

The forms are available on the oversubscription criteria 2015/16 page or by contacting the school

3 Applying for a place from outside England

If you are living in the UK but outside England, please apply for a West Sussex school by completing the relevant In-year application form.

If you are living outside the UK, please contact Pupil Admissions for advice on whether you are entitled to apply for a place in a West Sussex school.

4 Moving out of West Sussex

If you are moving out of West Sussex then you will need to apply direct via the new local authority for the area you are moving to, and in some cases direct to the school.

You can find out who your local authority will be on GOV.UK.

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