Apply for a secondary school place

Waiting lists and appeals

Your child will automatically be added to the waiting list for the schools in your application that could not be offered, as long as your child is eligible to be on the waiting list and has been offered a lower preference.

We'll not add:

  • unqualified children to the waiting list for a grammar school
  • children to the waiting list of The Highcrest Academy if they have not taken the school’s banding test

We'll offer available places to children on waiting lists in our later allocation rounds.

We will email you your child's waiting list position by the end of the day on the following dates:

  • 16 May
  • 26 June

Removing a child from a waiting list

You should contact us immediately if you want to request your child is removed from a waiting list.

Changing the schools in your application

After 31 March, you can change the schools in your child’s application if you need to.

To make changes, you should send us your new list of preferred schools – this will replace the original schools in your child’s application.

We will tell you if a new preferred school can be offered in a later allocation round.


You have the right to request an appeal for any school you listed higher than the school we have offered to you.