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 2023
  • Infant, primary or junior schools: 17 April 2023

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 attempt to send your decision via email. If we are unable we will send your decision letter by first class post.

Accepting the place allocated for September 2023

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 in September.

Find out why an application may have been unsuccessful

To help you understand the 2023 intake, you'll find details on this page about the number of preferences stated for each school. 

Primary and Junior schools including infant schools

Information will be available here on 17 April 2023

Secondary schools

Information will be available here on 1 March 2023

Preference data on national allocation day

Data for the 2023 secondary intake  [23.2 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

Find out why an application may have been unsuccessful

Secondary schools

For oversubscribed local authority administered schools, we have given the criterion and distance(measure in a straight-line) of the last child allocated. If the tiebreaker was applied, we have stated the distance that relates to the furthest child allocated a place at the school within that admission priority.


Furthest place offered in metres (m)

Chailey School

7,711m in category 5

Claverham Community College

 8, 384m in category 5

Heathfield Community College

10,738m in category 5

Robertsbridge Community College

14,191m in category 5

Uckfield College

10,343m in category 5

Willingdon Community School

2,037m in category 5


  • Category 1 children allocated Looked After
  • Category 2 children allocated in-area sibling
  • Category 3 children allocated in-area
  • Category 4 children allocated out-area sibling
  • Category 5 children allocated outside area


The following schools manage their own admissions and were also oversubcribed. Please contact them for details on why they were unable to offer a place:

Ark Alexandra Academy

Beacon Academy

Bexhill Academy

Gildredge House

Peacehaven Community School

Priory School

Ratton School

Seaford Head School

St Catherine's College

St Richard's Catholic College

The Cavendish School

Uplands Academy

All other East Sussex Schools were able to offer places to all on-time applicants who were not offered a higher preference

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 school in September 2023 . The deadline for this is 31 March.

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, you will be notified in writing. Your child’s original allocation will automatically be withdrawn as children can only have one school place at one time. This applies until children 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 email 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 2023

If your preferred school(s) are full for entry in September 2023, 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 2023.

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

The following schools are open for change of allocation requests:

Hailsham Community College Academy Trust

King's Academy Ringmer

Rye College

Seahaven Academy

The Eastbourne Academy

The Hastings Academy

The St Leonards Academy

The Turing School

Please put your request in an email to and 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 (ie sibling)

The decisions on these requests do not carry a right of appeal nor can you join a waiting list. This service is not available for In year applications.



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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