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Changing your child's school can affect them in many ways and the decision should not be taken without careful thought. Nevertheless, we know that a number of families will need to transfer their child to another school during the academic year, rather than at the usual transfer times. These school moves are called in-year admissions.

Is a move the best step for your child?

Prior to beginning the process to move schools, consider carefully the following:

  • Might any issues/concerns with your child's current school be resolved by discussing your worries with the headteacher?
  • If your child is struggling with their work and you feel they need support, discuss this with their class teacher.
  • If your child getting into trouble at school, make an appointment to talk through the issues, to see if problems can be resolved.
  • Would your child be able to adapt to a new school, with a possible change to how a new school delivers the National Curriculum and having to make new friendship groups?
  • Would travelling to a different school lengthen the school day?
  • How do the before and after-school clubs provided by your child's current school compare to those offered by the schools you are considering?
  • If your child in Year 10 or 11, a move to another school may have an impact on their options and could cause further upset. Would they be able to adapt to changing subjects and most likely exam boards?
  • We would also advise that a child admitted to a particular school does not guarantee their sibling receiving an offer.

If you feel there are issues with your child’s current school and wish to seek advice on your rights, do not agree to remove your child from the school’s register before discussing your situation with the admissions service.

Considering other schools

We would recommend you do the following:

  • Visit your preferred schools.
  • Visit the OFSTED website to find a school’s latest inspection report.
  • If your child has an Education Health and Care Plan (EHCP), contact colleagues in SENDAR for further advice.
  • If you wish to consider a grammar school, visit the school’s website for information on the testing procedure prior to applying for a school place.
  • When considering changing your child’s school you also need to consider how your child will travel to school. Parents have a legal responsibility to get their child to school and should not assume that any transport assistance will be approved for the child.

Schools that don't accept applications through the regular admissions process

You will need to apply directly to some schools for a place. These schools don’t allow you to apply through the regular admissions process:

  • All Saints Bedworth C of E Primary School
  • St Lawrence C of E (VA) Primary School
  • Rugby Free Primary School
  • Etone College
  • North Leamington School
  • The Queen Elizabeth Academy

All admission authorities must comply with the School Admissions Code, which includes writing to parent/carers to confirm the outcome of a school application. If you are refused a place, the school must give a reason for the refusal and let you know how to place an appeal.

How are school places offered?

All schools have admission criteria which are used to decide which children should be offered places if there are more applications than places available. We refer to this as oversubscription criteria.

All admission authorities are legally obliged to operate an equal preference system. This means that all of your school preferences will be looked at equally and we will try to offer your child a place at your highest ranked school choice. There is no benefit to naming a school more than once on the application.

You will be sent an official offer letter confirming the school where a place can be offered.