Where an application is being made to an Academy, Foundation, Voluntary Aided School, Trust School or Free School it is essential that you check whether or not you need to also complete a supplementary application form as some schools may require additional information in order to access your application.
This form should not be used to apply for school places for children with a Statement of Special Educational Need (SEN). You should contact your SEN Assessment Officer to seek advice.
Requests to Transfer Between Schools
• Many issues that worry parents and children can be sorted out without the need to move schools
• Changing your child’s school is a very important step to take and can affect your child’s education
• Moving school could have transport implications
Talking to your child and staff at your child’s present school may avoid the need for your child to transfer school. It is important that you consider whether a transfer is really the best option for your child.
If your request for a transfer of school is for any of the reasons listed below, you should not complete this form until you taken the steps indicated:
Possible Steps You Should Take
- Dissatisfaction-Discuss your concerns with the Headteacher
- Non-school attendance. Sit down with your child to find out why she/he is not attending the school
- Talk to the teachers who teach your child, to find out if she/he is worried about certain subjects
- Contact the school Education Welfare Officer for advice
- Unresolved issues. Talk to your child’s teachers, Tutor or Head of Year to make sure they are aware of the situation
- Make an appointment to speak to the Headteacher
- To avoid exclusion Talk to your child’s teacher, Head of Year or the Headteacher
- Check if your child has a ‘Pastoral Support Plan’ or has been identified as having special educational needs (see below).
- Ask for a review of the ‘Pastoral Support Plan’/Individual Education Plan.
- Special Educational Needs. Talk to the teacher in charge of Special Needs (SENCO) at the school
- Contact the Parent Partnership Service
Application for Admission to a School Other than the Normal Age of Entry (In-Year Admission)
Please read the notes below before completing this application.
In year Co-Ordination
From September 2010 the LA that you live in must act as your agent if you need to change school part-way through the academic year.
This includes applying to a school in another LA and to schools who are their own admitting authority within Leicestershire’s boundaries.
Applications must be made using the LA’s common admissions application form, available online: www.leics.gov.uk/online_application choosing the Common Application form option, or by completing a paper version available from the School Admissions Section Tel: 0116 305 6684
To accelerate the processing of your form when applying for a voluntary aided faith school it is advisable you also complete the school’s supplementary form and submit this direct to the school you wish to apply for (a paper version is available from the school).
The LA will aim to process all mid-term applications within ten working days where ever possible, and will write to you to inform you of the outcome of your application. If you are successful the letter will inform you of what steps to take next.
If you are unsuccessful you have the right to appeal. You appeal to admitting authority responsible for the school.
While a mid term application is being processed you must ensure your child continues attending their current school unless this is physically impossible (e.g. move form Cornwall)
Moves into an area during the year
The law enables parents of children seeking a school place to express a preference. Parents should note that admission authorities cannot guarantee a place for any child at their preferred school, even where they move into the schools catchment area. Applications received from parents moving into a catchment and requesting the catchment school will be considered late, if the application is made after 90 days of the house move.
If you are unsure which is your normal catchment area school, you can log onto www.leics.gov.uk/admissions or contact the School Admission and Pupil Service on 0116 3056684.
Families of UK Service personnel and other Crown servants
If an application for an in-year place is accompanied by an official MOD, FCO or GCHQ letter declaring a relocation date we will arrange for confirmation of a school place in advance of the relocation.
Getting Your Child to School
When considering changing your child’s school or if moving into the area you need to consider very carefully how your child will travel to school. Parents have a responsibility for getting their child to school. In order to qualify for transport assistance certain conditions have to be met, for example whether your child will be attending your catchment or closest school - further information regarding the entitlement to transport to school can be found on the Leicestershire and Leicester School and College Transport website.
Allocation of Places
The Authority’s policy for allocating places for in-year admissions is essentially the same as for admission at the normal age and time of transfer - see Information for Parents booklet for the admission criteria.
How to Appeal
If it is not possible to agree to your request for a school place, you do have the right to appeal to an Independent Appeals Panel. Information on the independent appeals process will be provided (if necessary) when you receive the outcome of your application.
If you wish to discuss the admission to school process please do not hesitate to contact the School Admissions and Pupil Service on 0116 3056684 or email email@example.com
Page Last Updated: 7 August 2012