Guide to starting school or moving up to junior school

Last updated: 20 October 2022

Later allocation rounds

If we're not able to offer your child a place at your preferred school on 17 April 2023 and you still want us to, we'll try to do this in a later allocation round if places become available.

Some vacancies may be created if families decline the school offered to their child on 17 April 2023. 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

Round Deadline to provide new information Date offers are published Waiting list positions provided
Second Round 1 May 2023 22 May 2023 No
Third Round 29 May 2023 30 June 2023 Yes
Fourth Round 7 July 2023 1 August 2023 Yes

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 1 August 2023, we will offer any further places as they become available. There are usually very few places at this time of year.

If there have been successful admission appeals for a school we will not be able to offer any places unless the number of children due to join the school in September falls below the schools Admission Number.

From the end of August 2023, waiting lists will be passed to those schools who manage their own admissions. Waiting lists for all other schools will be part of the co-ordinated in-year admissions process until July 2024.