Apply for a secondary school place out of year
Parents may seek a place for their child outside of their normal age group, for example, if the child is gifted and talented or has experienced problems such as ill health.
Requesting admission into a year group other than the normal point of entry
If you are asking for delayed or early transfer for your child, you must send in all of the following with your application for a place in their actual year group:
- A supporting letter stating that you request your child’s application to be considered for delayed or early transfer
- A supporting letter from your child’s current primary school agreeing that the delay or early transfer is in the best interests of your child
- A supporting letter from the secondary school that you would be applying to stating they are in agreement with the request and it is in the best interest of your child.
If the admission authority approves the request to delay transfer, you will be advised to re-apply in the following year and provide a copy of the decision. However there can be no guarantee of a place being available at your preference schools. Your application will not receive priority over or above any other applicant for this year group and your application will be considered in line with the published admission criteria for each school along with all other applicants for each school for the year group for which you are applying.
If the admissions authority approves early transfer then the application will be considered in line with the published admissions criteria for each school along with all other applicants for each school for the year group for which you are applying.
If your request for a place out of year is approved
If your request to be educated out of year is approved you will not be able to apply for an ‘out of year’ place via the online application process – you will need to email firstname.lastname@example.org to request an application.
There is a right of appeal against the refusal of a place at a school.
See how to appeal refusal of a secondary school place.