Mid-Year Admissions and Transfer into Primary and Secondary Schools
Changing your child's school is a very important decision to make and could affect your child's education. There are a range of reasons that may result in a parent/carer considering a move of school for their child but it may be possible to resolve these concerns.
- If your child has a Statement of Special Educational Needs (SEN) or Education Health and Care Plan you must contact the SEN team first if you are looking to move to another school;
- If this request is not due to a house move from elsewhere an Officer will contact you to discuss your request for a transfer further;
- The LA would strongly discourage unnecessary transfers between schools as it is extremely important that a child has continuity in their education.
If you are thinking about a change of school unrelated to a house move, please consider the following before making your decision:
- If your child already attends school, you must discuss the reasons for requesting a move with the current school as it is important that you try to resolve any difficulties by working with the school rather than seeking to transfer. A school cannot ask you to withdraw your child from school or withdraw your child from the school roll without your permission or first establishing that your child has a new school place;
- Each school teaches the National Curriculum in different ways and at different times of the academic year. How will your child cope with learning new arrangements and doing things in different ways? They may have done the work before, missed important earlier work, or find the work new or strange. Different schools offer different examination boards with different syllabuses- it might be a whole different content set is needed for a course that your child is half way through;
- Children need to feel happy at school and relationships with the right friends, and with teachers, are an important part of this. Will your child be able to settle in and get to know new people quickly, so that their learning does not suffer;
- How would your child get to a new school? What will be the cost involved? A change will usually be regarded as parental choice. In most circumstances, you are unlikely to qualify for travel assistance to the preferred school;
- Will it be a problem for you if your children attend different schools? There is no automatic right for your other children to also transfer to the new school. Will you be able to transport your children to different schools at the appropriate times;
- You might need to buy a completely new uniform, including PE kit, if your child changes school;
- Many things that worry parents, carers and children can be resolved without the need to move schools. Often moving schools does not resolve these concerns and can have a bad effect on your child's education and their health and wellbeing. If your child is unhappy at school you should speak to the Headteacher. Problems can usually be resolved quickly.
Once you have had the opportunity to consider the above information, and feel you have considered all aspects of a potential move for your child, and still wish to proceed with a transfer request, please contact the School Admissions Section on Tel: 01642 837740 / 837730 who will advise you on the Admissions Process and School Availability.