After you get your school offer

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If a place becomes available you will be notified and your child’s allocated school will be withdrawn automatically as children can only have one school place at one time.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.

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