Applying for a school place at other times


Applications must be emailed to as we are working remotely.

As the schools are now closed for the summer holiday we will not be able to fully process the application and provide an outcome until all schools reopen to all pupils. Once all schools reopen the team will be working through a large backlog of applications and it could take 4-6 weeks for us to give you an outcome.

Please ensure you have provided all of the information we will need to process your application.

How to apply for a place at a Solihull primary, infant, junior or secondary school at any time after the normal intake.

What to do if you are moving house?

Many Solihull schools are full and you are advised to contact school admissions regarding possible vacancies. You can send your application at any time before you have moved.

We will start processing your application 6 school weeks (half a term) before your requested start date. We will not use your new address until you have moved in and sent us satisfactory proof of your move, including proof of you selling or renting out your previous property. A letter of intention to purchase is not sufficient.

Catchment areas and distances to schools

You can find out about catchment areas and measure your distance from home to a school by using our online maps. Moving into the catchment area for a school does not guarantee that you will be offered a place. If the school is full we will not be able to offer a place, but living in the catchment area will give you a higher priority on the waiting list.

What to do if your child is experiencing difficulties at school

Before applying for a school place you should try to resolve the issue. You should arrange an appointment with the head teacher, head of year or your child’s form tutor/class teacher to discuss a possible course of action. They should use the school’s behaviour policy for help and advice.

If the matter is not resolved you can fill in an application form which must be taken to your child’s current or most recent school to have section 2 filled in. If the circumstances are complex the application will take longer to process.

Applications for pupils in years 10 and 11

Moving children after GCSE options have been chosen puts them at a disadvantage. It is unlikely that the same GCSE options will be available as schools often follow different courses. Applications will not be processed unless a house move means that travel is impossible. You must provide details of the subjects being studied, the examination boards and predicted grades.

The application process

Fill in the application for a school place and send it to us. When your application is complete we will contact your preferred schools to find out if there is a place. We will send you the outcome of your application.

If you are offered a place you should contact the school to accept the place and arrange a start date. Your child will be expected to start within 6 school weeks. You should phone us if you do not want to accept the place. If you want to apply for a nursery place you should go directly to your preferred school.

Waiting lists

If you are not offered a place at one of your preferred schools you can phone us and have your child’s name added to the waiting list. To stay on the list you must contact us the week before every school holiday (October, Christmas, February, Easter, May and July). If you do not contact us your child’s name will be removed from the list. You may be asked to fill in a new form after a year.

Your application will be given a priority and put on the list. Waiting lists are in order of priority against the admission criteria for the school. Your child will move down a waiting list if another child with a higher priority joins the list. If a vacancy arises at a school the place will be offered to the child at the top of the waiting list. In some cases offers will be made termly.

Your right of appeal

If you are not happy with your outcome you can appeal against the decision. You can find more information about the appeals process. The appeal process can take up to six weeks. Appeals are not heard during school holidays.

Applying for a place at a school outside Solihull

If you want to apply for a school outside Solihull you should contact that school’s relevant authority and find out what you need to do.

Children with special needs

If your child has an education, health and care (EHC) plan the process is different. Find out more from the statutory assessment and review team


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