What are in-year admissions?
In-year (casual) admissions are admissions to schools which are outside the main points of entry to school:
When can I apply?
Applications will only be considered half a term in advance of a place being required. Children wishing to transfer schools without a house move will normally be admitted to a school from the beginning of each half term. Places not taken up for the half-term requested will be withdrawn. Many schools in the Wokingham Borough may already be full and moving to an area does not guarantee a place at the preferred school.
If you are moving your child to another school because the child is unhappy, we recommend that any issues are addressed with the current school prior to considering a change of school as this can be disruptive to your child’s education. Applicants from abroad will be required to provide additional information.
If applying for an own admissions authority school, please refer to the 2012 to 2013 admissions arrangements. Supplementary information forms may be required for these schools and can be downloaded from the document section, below.
If you have been advised by this council, or another local authority, that your application has been unsuccessful, you have the right of appeal.
Wokingham Borough residents
Wokingham Borough residents must apply, using the Wokingham Borough in-year application form, for schools within this Borough and for other areas of England.
You may apply direct to us, including families moving to the Borough from abroad, if you can provide evidence of a move to the Borough (e.g. exchange of contracts or signed rental agreement). Families of service personnel or other Crown servants may also apply direct to us if an assignment order can be provided. Refer to the relevant page for further information or to the School Admissions Team for help and advice.
Residents of other authorities
Reisdents of other local authorities in England must apply to their home authority for schools in the Wokingham Borough.
Amendment to Parent's Guide 2012 to 2013
Following a direction from the Secretary of State, the admissions arrangements relating to the tiebreaker for Maiden Erlegh School is to be amended. Please read Maiden Erlegh School - amendment to parent's guide in conjunction with the parent's guide. Further information regarding this decision can be found on the Maiden Erlegh admissions news page and the revised admission policy will be added to this page when received from the school.
Application forms are available below for those parents living in the Wokingham Borough who wish to apply for middle schools (Year 5) or upper schools (Year 9) in other local authorities.
An update to the in-year guide has been produced for in-year admission in 2012 to 2013. It is recommended that you read both documents.
The admission policies for own admission authority schools eg aided schools and academies are shown in the relevant Parent Guides - Secondary, Infant to Junior or Entry to Primary. These 2012 to 2013 policies are also available on the School Admissions Arrangements section.
Fair Access Protocols
Fair Access Protocols for the admission of children in-year can be downloaded below: