After you get your school offer

6. Request a change of allocated school

+++ Following a number of withdrawals Chailey School is now available for change of allocation requests. There are limited places and if more requests are received than places then decisions will be made using the published criteria. The deadline for these requests is 30 June and decisions will be sent shortly after.+++

If your preferred school(s) are full for entry in September 2019, we can look into changing your child’s allocated school provided the alternative school did not turn down any applications. It is not possible to express a new preference for a school not listed on your application until 1 September 2019.

Find out which schools may still be available (figures accurate on national allocation date)

Please put your request in an email to and include:

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

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.


Here’s an example of a family who request a change of allocation:

Sophie’s mum listed Green School, Red School and Blue school as her three preferences in her application for a school place.

As these schools were oversubscribed it was not possible to give Sophie a place at any of the above preferences. Instead Sophie was offered a place at Purple School which was the closest school to the family home with a place available. However, Sophie’s mum likes Orange School better than Purple School. She therefore asks School Admissions if a place is available there. As a place is available, the allocation for Sophie is changed to Orange School and the allocation of Purple is immediately withdrawn as children can only have one offer of a school place.

Sophie’s mum can still go on the waiting list and appeal for schools Green, Red and Blue. This is because the family’s original three preferences have remained the same, it is only the allocated school that has changed.

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