Moving school

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

Please read our guidance before completing this form. It lists the schools you should not use this form to apply for. Only use this form to apply for schools where West Sussex County Council (WSCC) manages in-year admissions.

  • This form will take approximately 30 minutes to complete.
  • Please allow yourself enough time to complete it in one session as there is not an option to save and come back to it later.
  • Think carefully before requesting a change of school that is not related to a change of address. We encourage you to discuss your application fully with your child's current school to see if any issues or concerns can be resolved first.
  • Be aware that you may need to attach documents to provide evidence for some statements and we may need to contact your child’s previous school/s for their educational records.
  • The questions marked with an asterisk (*) are mandatory and require an answer. However, you should aim to provide all the relevant information so that your application is not delayed.

Your data privacy

Before completing this form please read our general Privacy Policy (opens in a new window).

This explains why we ask for your data, what we do with it and how long we will keep it. It also explains how you can find out what data we hold about you and how you can ask us to delete it.

Your details

You must have parental responsibility for the child named on this form.

Enter your first name.
Enter your last name.
Enter your relationship to the child.
Enter an email address where we can write to you.
Enter a daytime phone number that we can ring you on. This can be a mobile or land line number.
Enter another phone number we can reach you on. This can be a mobile or land line number.
Select 'Yes' or 'No' as your answer.

If you are caring for someone else's child for more than 28 days, you do not have parental responsibility for them and you are not a relative such as a grandparent, brother, sister, uncle or aunt (whether full blood, half blood or by marriage or civil partnership) or step-parent, you may be privately fostering. In this case you are required by law to contact us: phone 01403 229900 or email:

Select 'Yes' or 'No' as your answer.

The County Council cannot intervene where parents with joint responsibility disagree. Failing to disclose information can delay the offer of a school place, and offers made to parents who have not disclosed other parties with parental responsibility might be withdrawn.

Child's details

Enter the child's first name(s).
Enter the child's legal last name.
Select the gender of the child.

Enter the child's date of birth using numbers following the format dd/mm/yyyy, for example 01/12/2010.
Enter the child's current year group.
Enter the child's current address.
Select 'Yes' if your application is due to the child moving to a new address, enter the details below and provide proof of the new address.

Preferred school

You are advised to visit schools before expressing a preference.

Select primary school if your application is for a primary age child (Reception to Year 6). This includes infant and junior schools. Select secondary school if your application is for a secondary age child (Years 7-11.)

Enter the name of the first preferred school.
Enter the reason for this preference.
Enter the name of the second preferred school.
Enter the reason for this preference .
Enter the name of the third preferred school.
Enter the reason for this preference .
Enter the requested date of admission using the format dd/mm/yyyy, for example 01/01/2015.
Select 'Yes' if there are siblings at the preferred school.

Enter the name of the school attended by the first sibling.
If your preferred schools are full, will your child stay at their current school or would you like us to make an alternative offer (this would be the catchment school or, if that is full, the nearest school to your address with a space available)?

Additional applications

If you are applying for a school place for more than one child, you will need to complete a separate form for each child.

Fair Access Protocol (FAP)

This information is needed to assess whether your child should be admitted to a school under the FAP. This could include placement in a school which is full but may not be a preferred school. In order to support your child and schools, the Admission Authority is required to participate in the FAP and have a process for ensuring that pupils who may be vulnerable, or find a school setting challenging, are offered a suitable school place as quickly as possible.

Enter any further information and evidence.
Upload supporting document.
Upload supporting document.

Most recent school attended

Enter the name of the school most recently attended by the child.
Enter the school address and contact details.
Enter the date the child started the school from following the format dd/mm/yyyy, for example 01/01/2015.
Enter the date the child last attended the school (if applicable) following the format dd/mm/yyyy, for example 01/01/2015.

Permanent exclusion from school

Select 'Yes' if your child has been permanently excluded from a school.

Children Looked After

Select 'Yes' if the child is currently looked after by a local authority.

Previously Looked After Children now adopted in the United Kingdom (or who became subject to a residence order or special guardianship order) immediately from care.

Select 'Yes' or 'No' as your answer.

GCSE options

Select 'Yes' or 'No' as your answer.

Parental declaration

In submitting this application to West Sussex County Council I confirm that I have parental responsibility for this child, that I have the agreement of all persons with parental responsibility, and that all the information given is legal and true. I have read the relevant information and understand that I must notify the council of any change in my circumstances. I understand that any offer of a place made as a result of this application may be withdrawn if I give false information or fail to notify the council of any changes.

I understand that the information, including contact details, I have provided will be used to allocate school places and will be shared with other local authorities with whom the child may become associated, the Department for Education and other officers in the County Council. It will be shared with the allocated school to facilitate transition arrangements.

I understand the authority is under a duty to protect the public funds it administers, and may use the information I have provided on this form for the prevention and detection of fraud. It may also share this information with other bodies responsible for auditing or administering public funds for these purposes.

Enter your full name to show you agree to the above statement.

Submitting your form

Click the submit button only once.

Please be patient as it will take a few moments to process your form and redirect you to our confirmation page.


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