After you get your school offer

1. Overview

Letting you know

We will send a decision letter on the national offer day.

  • Secondary schools: 1 March 2022
  • Infant, primary or junior schools: 19 April 2022

The letter has all the information you need to accept your offer, or to go on a waiting list or appeal.

If you applied online, you will get an email with a link to your decision letter.
If you applied on paper, we will send your decision letter by first class post.

Accepting the place allocated for September 2022

The allocated school will contact you. If you do not hear from them within 10 school days please contact the school directly.

We recommend you accept the place allocated. This will not affect your statutory right of appeal nor any request for your child’s name to be put on a waiting list for another school. If you turn down the place at the allocated school, we may not be able to reinstate this if you change your mind and we have no duty to offer an alternative school. This may result in your child being without a school place

Find out why an application may have been unsuccessful

To help you understand the 2022 intake, we will give details on this page about the number of preferences stated for each school. 

Primary and Junior schools including infant schools

The Council manage the admissions for local authority schools. If you have been refused a place at one of these schools the document below will explain the criteria used for the last child offered a place.

If your child was refused a place at an own admission school (such as an academy, free school or voluntary aided church school) please contact them directly for details on why they were unable to offer a place.

Details of oversubscribed primary schools [15.9 KB] [xlsx]

Details of oversubscribed junior schools [12.8 KB] [xlsx]

Secondary schools

If you were refused a place at  your preferred school after 19 April this will be because the school was already full at this point. Details on the initial allocation of places can be fond on national allocation day data sheet.

Preference data on national allocation day

Data for the 2022 primary and infant intake [25.3 KB] [xlsx]

Data for the 2022 junior intake [13.7 KB] [xlsx]

Data for the 2022 secondary intake  [23.1 KB] [xlsx]

If you use assistive technology such as a screen reader, please contact us, and we will do our best to help. We will contact you about the next step.

Telephone: 0300 330 9472
Email: Admissions and Transport Team

Data from past years

Waiting lists

Your child can join a waiting list for any school listed on your original application.

How to join a waiting list

We are responsible for the waiting lists for local authority controlled schools and manage the waiting list for the following academies:

Primary: Breakwater Academy; Burfield Academy; Churchwood Primary Academy; Dudley Infant Academy; Hawkes Farm Academy; High Cliff Academy; Hollington Primary Academy; Phoenix Academy; Robsack Wood Primary Academy; Silverdale Primary Academy; The Baird Primary Academy; West St Leonards Primary Academy; White House Academy.

Secondary: The Hastings Academy; The St Leonards Academy; The Turing School

For all other own admissions authority schools, please contact the school direct.

To join a waiting list please email your child’s name, date of birth, address, relevant siblings and the name(s) of the schools whose waiting list you wish to join to:
Phase transfers waiting list -for children joining a secondary, primary or junior school in September 2022

The waiting list for primary and junior schools will not become live until 19 May and we will not be able to tell parents their position until that date.


In year waiting list - for all in-year applications.

How waiting lists work

Waiting lists are based on a school’s admissions criteria, not on a ‘first come, first served’ basis. This means a child’s place on a list can go up or down if other children join or leave the list.

If a place becomes available for your child, we will write to you. We will also withdraw your child’s existing allocation. Children can only have one school place until they start school. During term time we will give you 10 school days to accept or refuse the place offered.

If you wish to withdraw from a waiting list at any time, you must do so in writing to the Admissions and Transport Team.

Staying on waiting lists

You need to renew the request each term to keep your child on a waiting list. If you don’t renew we’ll remove your child’s name. For local authority controlled schools and the academies listed above, please send an email to in year waiting list giving us your child’s name and reminding us of the school(s) in question. For all other schools contact the school directly.

Example (for schools controlled by East Sussex County Council): Jack, who lives outside a school’s community area, joins their waiting list in January. Jenny lives inside the school’s community area and joins the waiting list in February. A place becomes available in March. This will be offered to Jenny first as she has a higher priority according to the admissions rules.

Request a change of allocated school for September 2022

If your preferred school(s) are full for entry in September 2022, we can look into changing your child’s allocated school provided the alternative school did not turn down any on-time applications. It is not possible to express a new preference for a school not listed on your application until 1 September 2022.

If your change of allocation can be met your original allocation will be withdrawn.

Primary and junior schools

The following schools are open for change of allocation requests:


Glenleigh Park

King Offa


Jarvis Brook

Sir Henry Fermor CE



Heron Park 



Pashley Down Infant

Roselands Infant


St Andrew's CE Infant

St John's Meads CE



Hawkes Farm


White House

Hastings and St Leonards

Ark Castledown

Christ Church CE


Ore Village

Robsack Wood

St Leonards CE

St Paul's CE

The Baird

West St Leonards


Southover CE 

St Pancras Catholic 

Wallands Community




Peacehaven Heights 

Telscombe Cliffs



Cradle Hill Community


Holy Cross CE 


St Philip's Catholic

Rural schools


All Saints and St Richards CE 

Beckley CE 

Blackboys CE 

Bodiam CE 


Burwash CE 

Buxted CE 

Catsfield CE 

Chailey St Peter's CE 


Cross-in-Hand CE 

Crowhurst CE 

Ditchling (St Margaret's)

Firle CE 

Five Ashes CE 

Fletching CE 

Forest Row CE 

Framfield CE 

Frant CE 

Groombridge St Thomas' 


High Hurstwood CE 

Hurst Green CE 

Iford and Kingston CE 

Little Horsted CE 

Mark Cross CE 

Mayfield CE 

Newick CE 

Nutley CE 

Park Mead 

Peasmarsh CE 


Punnetts Town




Salehurst CE 

Sedlescombe CE 

St Mark's CE 

St Mary the Virgin CE 

St Michael's CE 

St Michael's, Withyham

Staplecross Methodist 

Ticehurst and Flimwell

Wadhurst CE 


Junior Schools

Ocklynge Junior

Parkland Junior

Stafford Junior

All Saints CE

Secondary schools

The following schools are open for change of allocation requests:

  • Ark Alexandra Academy
  • Hailsham Community College Academy Trust
  • King's Academy Ringmer
  • Ratton School
  • Rye College
  • Seahaven Academy
  • The Turing School
  • The Hastings Academy
  • The St Leonards Academy
  • Uckfield College

Email your allocation change request

Please include:

  • your child’s name and date of birth
  • the school you wish to be considered.
  • the reasons you wish to change your child’s allocated school (such as sibling)

The decisions on these requests do not carry a right of appeal nor can you join a waiting list.

We will hope to consider requests for secondary schools in early May and primary and junior schools in early June.


If you did not get the school place you wanted, you may want to appeal. Our guidance notes explain what you need to consider:

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