After you get your school offer

1. Letting you know

Decisions are sent on the national offer day

  • Secondary schools: 1 March 2019
  • Infant/Primary/Junior schools: 16 April 2019

2. Accepting the place allocated

You can accept your child’s allocated school place by downloading this form, printing it off and sending it to the Head teacher of the allocated school within 14 days of receiving the offer:

  • Acceptance form

3. Find out why an application may have been unsuccessful

To help you understand the 2019 intake, we’ve given details about the number of preferences stated for each school.

Primary schools

Data will be available here on 16 April 2019

Junior schools

Data will be available here on 16 April 2019

Secondary schools

Data will be available here on 1 March 2019

Take a look at data from previous years

4. Waiting lists

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

How to join a waiting list

For community or voluntary controlled schools (ie those controlled by East Sussex County Council)

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 transfer waiting lists for children starting primary, junior or secondary school in September 2019 will be available from 1 March 2019

in year waiting list for all in-year applications

For own admissions authority schools , please contact the school direct

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.

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.

If a place becomes available you will be notified and your child’s allocated school will be withdrawn automatically as children can only have one school place at one time. This will only apply until children start school. Once child are in a school, you will be given 10 school days to accept or refuse the place offered.

If you subsequently wish to withdraw from a waiting list you must do so in writing to

Staying on the waiting lists

You need to renew the request each term to keep child on a waiting list. If you don’t renew we’ll remove your child’s name. For schools controlled by East Sussex send the details to renew my place on the waiting list. For all other schools contact the school directly.

5. Appeals

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

6. Request a change of allocated school

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 still has vacancies. It is not possible to express a new preference for a school not listed on your application.

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.