School placing requests

As a parent/carer you have the right to ask for your child to be educated in a school other than your catchment school. 

There are sound educational reasons for trying to ensure that the transfer or admission of children to a new school takes place at the start of the school session. We strongly advise all parents who are considering making a request (other than those who are moving home to a new area) to do this.

Every effort will be made to try to meet your wishes but it is not always possible to grant every placing request application made to each school.

Please check your catchment school using the catchment checker [opens in a new window] before submitting a Placing Request. If you live in the catchment for your preferred school please do not submit a placing request, instead submit a registration, details of which can be found under Primary School Registration and Secondary School Registration.

How to Make a Placing Request

Requests for children looking to commence their education at the requested school from August 2024 will be available from Wednesday 3rd January 2024 and the closing date will be Friday 15th March 2024. 

Parents are informed of their outcome by 30th April each year.

If applying for a Mid-Session placing request for session 2023/2024 the Council has two months from the date of receipt of your request to notify you of a decision.

It should be noted that where a successful placing request is madeyouas a parent/carer must accept full responsibility for the arrangement and cost of transport to and from the school.

You must complete an application for each child/young person. Please ensure that all sections of the form are completed.  This will assist the education office in prioritising your request. 

School Placing Requests Details 2019/20