Guide to moving up to secondary school

Last updated: 2 September 2022

What to do if you are moving to a new house

It is important that we know where your child lives: your address tells us if your child lives in a school’s catchment area, and how far away they live from the school. If you move to a different address, you must provide us with evidence before we can use the new address for your child’s application.

The deadline for you to send us evidence of a new address, for it to be used for the first round of allocations (National Offer Day, 1 March), is normally 31 October, but some schools have earlier deadlines. Check the Admissions Policy for each of your preferred schools so you know what to expect.

If you move later, we still need to see evidence of your move. We will take your child’s new address into account in a later allocation round, if you send us the evidence by the appropriate deadline and we agree to accept the new address.

Who do I apply to if I am moving?

Each family should submit a single secondary school application for their child, to their home Local Authority. Apply to Buckinghamshire Council if you will be living in Buckinghamshire on or before 31 October.

If you will be moving to Buckinghamshire after this date, submit your child’s application to the Local Authority where you live at the moment. You will be able to include your preferred Buckinghamshire schools, and your Local Authority will share that information with us. Send us the evidence of your new address so that it can be used for a later allocation round.

If you are moving out of Buckinghamshire after 31 October, submit your child’s application to Buckinghamshire Council: you will be able to include schools in other areas.

If you live overseas but will be moving to Buckinghamshire before your child starts secondary school, submit your child’s application to Buckinghamshire Council. Make sure you apply with your overseas address and send us evidence of your move when you have it. We can only use your Buckinghamshire address when you are physically resident and have provided the evidence we need.

Overseas nationals (including those from the EU) who want to apply for a state-funded school need to check that they have a right to live in the UK or check that the conditions of their visas allow them to access schooling. You may need to apply for a certificate of entitlement. Having a right of abode means you are allowed to live in the U.K. without any immigration restrictions.

Evidence

We need to be sure that you and your child live in your new address, and that you cannot move back to another property.

Evidence that you have a new address can include:

  • a solicitor’s letter showing the date that your purchase was completed, or;
  • an Assured Shorthold Tenancy agreement that is signed by both landlord and tenant (the tenancy should be for a minimum of 12 months), or;
  • If you have moved back into a property you already own, you should send us proof of this, such as Land Registry.

Evidence that you cannot move back to another property can include:

  • a solicitor’s letter confirming that a property sale has completed;
  • a check-out report from a rented property, to show the date you handed in the keys;
  • a letter or email from the landlord/letting agent of a rented property, showing the date you moved out;
  • a final closing energy bill/statement;
  • if you still own your previous property but have let it to tenants, send us a copy of the tenancy agreement (this must be for at least 12 months). You must also send us as a letter from your mortgage company that confirms they know about the arrangement.

You also need to send us a copy of an electricity bill showing levels of energy usage and two further documents from the following list, showing your new address:

  • a copy of your updated driving licence
  • a GP letter showing you have registered your child at a local surgery
  • confirmation of your home contents insurance or car insurance
  • official correspondence from the Department for Work and Pensions, or HM Revenue & Customs (dated within the last 3 months)
  • bank or building society statement (dated within the last 3 months)
  • vehicle Registration Document (V5C) showing your name and address
  • mortgage or financial statement

Fraudulent addresses or false information

Some families will try to use false or misleading information to secure their child a place at a particular school. This is completely unacceptable and can mean that a local child with a genuine claim cannot have a place.

We may ask for proof of your address at any time during the application process, even after a school has been offered or accepted. If we find that a fraudulent address has been used, we will not hesitate to withdraw a place, even if the child has already started at the school. We may also withdraw a place if information has been deliberately withheld.

If a school place was allocated to an older child on the basis of fraudulent or misleading information, we will not consider an application under the sibling rule for any younger sibling from that family.

Examples of fraudulent/misleading information may include (but is not limited to):

  • An application made using an address where the child does not normally live (for example a relative’s address)
  • A family temporarily renting a property (or living with friends or relatives) in order to gain a school place, whilst still owning an alternative property
  • Where a child lives between two addresses (e.g. between parents who do not live together), an application made using the address of the parent that the child does not live with for the majority of the school week, or when an application is made without consent of all carers with Parental Responsibility.

Buckinghamshire Council treats any allegations of this nature very seriously. If you suspect an address is being used fraudulently, please contact us with the details so that we can investigate. You do not have to give your name.

Submit evidence

You can use our online form to submit evidence of your house move.

We'll require:

  • the parent's details
  • the child's details
  • details of the move (including previous and new address)

You'll need to create an online account to submit your evidence if you do not already have one.

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