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 local authority 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 list - for children starting primary, junior or secondary school in September 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.

You will be notified in writing if a place becomes available. If this happens before they start school, your child’s previously allocated school will be automatically withdrawn as children can only have one school place at one time. Places you have given up may not be able to be re-offered at a later date.

Once your child has started school, you will be given 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

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 schools, 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.

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