After you get your school offer

Accept or refuse your offer

Primary

If your child is due to start primary, infant or junior school in September 2017 and was offered a place on 18 April 2017 you needed to accept or refuse the offer. The deadline for returning the primary acceptance/refusal form was 16 May 2017.

Secondary

If your child is due to start secondary school in September 2017 and was offered a place on 1 March 2017 you needed to accept or refuse the offer. The deadline for returning the secondary acceptance/refusal form was 16 March 2017.

If you weren't offered any of the schools you applied for

This may be because:

  • your child was not eligible for the school
  • there were more applications than spaces available so the school used its oversubscription  criteria to prioritise which children to offer places to.

In these cases we must offer your child a place at another school. This will usually be the nearest school to your home with available places.

If you are unhappy with the offer

We suggest that you visit the school you have been offered to find out more about it.

If you are still unhappy you can put your child on the waiting list or make an appeal for any of the schools you applied for. You can do either or both for the same school or for different schools. For example, you can appeal for one school and put your child on the waiting list for another.

We recommend that you still accept the place your child has been offered. This will not affect your waiting list position or your appeal. It will guarantee your child has a school place if no places become available or if your appeal is unsuccessful. If the waiting list or appeal are successful you must remember to tell the school you were originally offered that you no longer want the place.

Appeals

Waiting lists

Primary schools

To add your child’s name to a waiting list you will need to complete the primary waiting list form (PDF, 154.9 KB) and return it to us by 15 May 2017.

Secondary schools

To add your child’s name to a waiting list you will need to contact the school directly after 28 April 2017. Schools control their own lists and you are free to approach any, not just the ones you may have listed originally.