How school waiting lists work

If your child has been offered a school place low on your list of preferred schools, they will remain on the waiting lists for all higher preference schools you have chosen.

If you have received an offer for a school place and you still wish to be considered for a school that you ranked lower on your list of schools, you will need to submit a new In year application form showing the new preference order of all your schools.

Rank the school higher than the school you have been offered, and rank the school that you still wish to be considered for as a higher preference.  When a school place is offered, all schools listed lower than the one offered are automatically withdrawn. 

How school places are allocated

As places become available, they will be allocated from the waiting list according to a set of priority criteria that you can find at the end of this page.

If you can be offered a higher preference school, your lower preference offer will be withdrawn even if you have already accepted it and replaced with the higher preference automatically. We will not telephone you to offer you a choice of schools, but we will email you to let you know that there is now a place available.     

If you no longer wish to be considered for a higher preference school, you must email us at admissions@redbridge.gov.uk to tell the admissions team to remove your child from the waiting list.

Check your child's place on the waiting list

How to keep your child on a waiting list

Your child’s name is kept on the waiting list until the 31 August of each year.  You must complete a new In year application during the month of August in order to keep your child on the waiting list from 1 September of the new academic year.  

We don’t coordinate In year applications for the following schools, so if you want to make an In Year application for any of them you need to contact them directly. You can find their contact details on their websites.      

Wohl Ilford Jewish Primary School

Chadwell Heath Academy 

Palmer Catholic Academy

 

Priority criteria for Community Schools 

Priority cannot be given based on the date their application was received, or when their name was added to the waiting list.  The waiting list will be updated in accordance with the agreed over-subscription criteria each time a name is added or removed. This means that a child’s position on the waiting list may go up or down. 

 

  • a. “looked after” children and children previously looked after but immediately after being looked after became subject to an adoption, child arrangement order or special guardianship order. A
    looked after child is a child who is in the care of a local authority as defined by section 22 of the Children Act;
  • b. children with siblings who are already on roll in the main school in Reception to Year 6 (not a nursery class attached to the school) and will still be on roll when the child is admitted,
  • c. and children living nearest to the school as measured by the shortest measured walking distance as measured by a Geographic Information System from the child’s home to the main entrance of the school using public roads and recognised footpaths. It should be noted that when measurements involve flats in the same block, the distance will be to the entrance of each individual flat. In using distance as a tie-breaker, should there be more than one applicant for a final place living an identical distance from the school in question, the Authority will use the random allocation facility within the Synergy “Admissions and Transfers System” pupil data base which is used for allocations.

 

  • a. “looked after” children and children previously looked after but immediately after being looked after became subject to an adoption, child arrangement order or special guardianship order. A looked after child is a child who is in the care of a local authority as defined by section 22 of the Children Act 1989.
  • b. children who live in the catchment area and who have brothers or sisters (siblings) who are both currently on roll at the school (except Years 11-13) and who will continue to attend that school in the following academic year;
  • c. Other children who live in the catchment area;
  • d. children who have brothers or sisters (siblings) who are both currently on roll at the school (except Years 11-13) and who will continue to attend that school in the following academic year; and
  • e. children who live out of the catchment area who have no sibling attending the school.

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