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 controlled schools

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:

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 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 Your child’s original allocation will automatically be withdrawn as children can only have one school place at one time.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 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 admissions@eastsussex.gov.uk

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, 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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