A change of school is not always in the child's best interests. However, if it cannot be avoided, you are strongly advised not to remove your child from his or her current school until you have secured an alternative school place.
As there can be delays in securing alternative school places, it is best that your child continues to attend their current school while you arrange the transfer to avoid any serious loss of education.
Particular care should be taken with transfers for children during the course of Year 10 and Year 11. Transferring a child at this stage can be difficult to arrange and could be detrimental when a child is studying for specific examinations. It cannot be guaranteed that a new school would be in a position to offer continued study in the courses selected by the pupil.
How to apply for in year admissions
Applications for places in a year group other than the normal year of entry to primary or secondary school will be treated as an 'in year' admission. We will accept applications for Croydon primary and secondary schools from residents of all local authorities (Croydon and out of borough residents).
You can apply for a transfer between schools by completing either the primary or secondary application for in year admissions available as downloads below. Alternatively, you can request one by contacting the School Admissions Team on 020 8726 6400.
This form allows you to list up to six schools in order of preference. The schools must be situated in Croydon and must not include independent schools (fee paying schools). Please note that if you wish your child to be considered for a place at one of the Harris Academies (secondary schools only), you must also complete the school’s own application and return it directly to the Harris Academy.
Some schools also require the completion of a Supplementary Information Form (SIF) which is available directly from the school or can be downloaded from the individual school's web page. Please refer to the borough's primary and secondary school lists for details of their admissions policy and oversubscription criteria.
If you wish to apply for a school situated outside Croydon, please contact the relevant local authority for details of how to make an in year application or please refer to each local authority's individual website for further information.
Allocation of primary school places
We will consider your application in accordance with the published admissions criteria and will notify you of the outcome in writing. Applications for Voluntary Aided schools will be passed on to their governing bodies who will consider applications separately by applying their own admissions criteria.
If more than one school place can be offered, an offer for the school you have placed highest on your form will be made. The place offered will be confirmed in writing and you will be given one week to accept or decline the offer.
Allocation of secondary school places
Details of your child's application will be sent to secondary schools (except the Harris Academies) who will consider your application in accordance with their published admissions criteria.
- We maintain waiting lists for all primary schools with the exception of the Voluntary Aided Schools. (Please refer to the Types of schools section for a full list). Waiting lists will be closed on 30 June 2014. After this date, you will need to submit a new in year application if you wish your child to remain on the waiting list for your preferred schools.
Please note that positions on the waiting lists can change as places are offered and new applications are received.
- Secondary schools maintain their own waiting lists and will determine the duration their waiting lists will be held. Please contact the schools directly if you need to find out your child’s position on the waiting list.