Find out which primary school place you have been offered, and what to do after the offer.
Find out which primary school place you have been offered
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What to do next
This guidance contains important information about your school place offer, please read carefully.
Schools not maintained by the council
If the school allocated is an academy, free school, trust school or voluntary aided school, or is a school in another local authority, the offer of the allocated place is made by Kirklees Council on behalf of the admission authority for the school.
If your child did not qualify for a place
If the application result shows your child did not qualify for a place at a higher preference school than the one allocated, this is because the year group has filled with children of a higher priority according to the published admission criteria.
If your child did not qualify for a place at any of your preferred school(s), the school allocated is your catchment school or, if this is full, the nearest school with available places.
If your child is currently attending a school that they can continue to attend in September 2018 you will not have been allocated an alternative school place.
If your child did not qualify for a place at a school in another local authority you should contact them to enquire about its procedures for waiting lists and appeals.
Special educational needs and Education, Health and Care (EHC) plans
If your child has a statement of special educational needs or EHC Plan the allocation of this place is dependent on the school being named in the final amended statement or plan.
If you wish to accept the allocated place
As most parents are happy with the school place allocated, we do not ask for written confirmation of acceptance. If you wish to accept the place allocated you do not need to do anything else at this time. The Head Teacher will contact you about admission arrangements, including your child’s start date. Please do not buy any items of uniform/equipment until you receive details from the school. If at a later date you decide that you no longer want this place, it is essential that you confirm your decision in writing (by letter or email) to Pupil Admissions so that the place can be reallocated to another child.
If you are not happy with the allocated place
If you are not happy with the school allocated and would like to request an alternative, please contact Kirklees Pupil Admissions for details of schools with vacancies. Please note that your child can only hold a place at one school at any one time. They can only be on the waiting lists for two other schools (or three, if they did not qualify at any of your preferred schools). We would strongly advise against declining the school place allocated without first securing a place at an alternative school.
If you want to change your school preferences
After national offer day there is a 'two week window' where parents can write to Pupil Admissions and change the school preference(s). We call this the re-allocation period.
Alternative arrangements for your child's education
If you have made alternative arrangements for your child's education, for example, in the private sector, it is essential that you inform Pupil Admissions. The school your child has been allocated may be oversubscribed and other children may be waiting for places to become available. So the place can be allocated to another child please inform Pupil Admissions within 14 days of your offer.
When will your child start full-time school?
All children born between 1 September 2013 and 31 August 2014 can start full-time school in September 2018. Parents can defer their child's entry to full-time school if they wish.
Children can start school later in the school year, or request to attend part-time, until they reach 'statutory school age' which is the beginning of the term following their fifth birthday. You may defer their entry to school as follows:
|If you child was born between:||You may defer entry:|
|1 September 2013 and 31 December 2013||Until the start of the Spring term on 7 January 2019|
|1 January 2014 and 31 August 2014||Until the start of the Summer term on 29 April 2019|
If your child has a date of birth between 1 April 2014 and 31 August 2014 and you do not wish them to start school until September 2020 (their latest legal starting date) you will have to give up the allocated Reception place and re-apply for a place in Year 1.
If you are thinking about deferring your child's entry to full-time school, please discuss it with the Head Teacher of your child’s allocated school before making a decision.
When you take your child to a new school for the first time you will need to take your child’s birth certificate with you so that the school can create an accurate school record for your child. It is a requirement that all schools see all children’s birth certificates when they start for the first time. Data Protection Law confirms that the school must keep accurate and up to date records and a legal document such as your child’s birth certificate will ensure this happens.
For children born outside the UK, please take the following documents to the school:
- Child's birth certificate
- Child's passport
- Any other legal documents provided by the Home Office
Waiting lists, appeals and next stage of education
The following information applies only to Kirklees schools
Contact Pupil Admissions
- Email email@example.com
- Phone 01484 225007