Changing school

From Monday 1 June 2020, you can apply to transfer school in-year for 2020-2021.

Please note:

  • applications can be made up to 6 weeks before the required start date
  • applications must be made by a person with parental responsibility
  • we recommend that you state up to 4 preferences, starting with the school you most prefer
  • the application process can take up to 20 school days and your child should continue to attend their current school until an admission date has been agreed.

If your request for a school place is refused, you will have the right to an independent appeal.  Full details will be provided with the outcome of your application including information about how to appeal.

Applications to transfer 2019-2020

Nottinghamshire County Council postponed the processing of applications for those schools that participate in the Council's in-year coordinated scheme during the current crisis.   

However, NCC continues to support vulnerable children and those children of key workers and will take applications for:

  • families who have recently moved to Nottinghamshire and their child is without a school place
  • The parent/carer is a key worker and their child needs to move schools as a result of the current national emergency.

If you meet one of the above categories and need a school place before the end of the academic year 2019-2020, please contact NCC on 0300 500 80 80.

For schools that manage their own admissions, different arrangements may apply and the parent is advised to speak directly to the school/academy. 

Moving house

If you have recently moved house you may be requested to provide proof of residence so that the admission authority can verify the address of your child.

If you move house within Nottinghamshire and you want your child to stay at their current school, they may do so although you may not be eligible for help with any transport costs. It is important, therefore, that you consider transport to school and check your entitlement.

Moving into the catchment area of a school will not guarantee your child a place at that school.

Schools information and oversubscription criteria 2020-2021






Other Nottinghamshire schools

For all other Nottinghamshire schools you should contact the school directly for details on how to apply as they process their own admissions. Contact details and oversubscription criteria are listed below.

Applications for places in early year settings, nursery schools and post 16 provision should be made directly to the relevant nursery/provision.

Other local authority areas

To apply for schools in other local authority areas you should contact the local authority directly for advice on how to apply.

Useful information

In-year applications



Fair access

Every Local Authority is required to have a Fair Access Protocol, developed in partnership with schools, to ensure that unplaced children, especially the most vulnerable, are found and offered a place quickly. Where it is not possible to secure a place through the usual admission process an application may be referred by Nottinghamshire County Council’s school admissions team in line with Nottinghamshire County Council’s Fair Access Protocol. Parental applications for school places cannot be made directly to the Fair Access Team and applications need to be made as outlined here  

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