Guide to moving up to secondary school

Last updated: 7 August 2023

Later allocation rounds

On 1 March, most Buckinghamshire schools are full.

Some vacancies may be created if families decline the school offered to their child on 1 March. We have later allocation rounds to fill these places.

For your child to be considered in a later allocation round, their name must be on the waiting list for the school(s) you are interested in.

After each allocation round, we will contact you if we can offer a new school to your child. You will need to either accept or decline the offer by a given deadline.

We must take away any existing school place that your child has before we can offer a new school in a later allocation round. You will not be offered the choice between two schools. If your child is on a school’s waiting list, we assume you would prefer that school over the school your child has been offered (even if you have accepted it). If you are happy with the school your child has been offered and do not want a different school, you must contact us to remove them from any other waiting lists.

If you live outside Buckinghamshire and your child is on the waiting list for a Buckinghamshire school, we will tell your Local Authority if we can offer a place in a later allocation round.

Other Local Authorities will tell us about any offers they can make for Buckinghamshire children. These offers will be included in our next scheduled allocation round.

Schedule of later allocation rounds

Allocation Round Deadline to provide new information Date that offers are published Waiting list positions provided
Reallocation of school places (where they have become available after being declined following 1 March) Not applicable 3 April 2024 No
Second Round 15 April 2024 16 May 2024 Yes
Third Round 28 May 2024 26 June 2024 Yes

After 26 June later allocations rounds will be held every three weeks where places are available.

New information we may consider in a later allocation round

Here are examples of the types of information we will consider in each allocation round. The deadline to provide this information is set out in the table above.

What happens after the last allocation round?

After 26 June, we will offer any further places as they become available. There are usually very few places that become available at this stage in the year.

By this point, there may also have been successful appeals for many schools: the Independent Appeal Panel have the authority to grant places to children even if a school is full, which pushes schools over their planned admission number. This means that we will have to wait to receive enough school places that have been declined for the school to have places again before we can make any more offers.

Waiting lists for all other schools will be part of the co-ordinated in-year admissions process until July 2025.

Grammar schools have their own qualification periods for waiting lists so you should check admissions policies for more information.