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Children born between 1 September 2016 - 31 August 2017 start full time school in September 2021.

  • Apply online if you live in Solihull
  • Closing date for applications: 15 January 2021
  • Offers will be made: 16 April 2021
  • Number of schools you can apply for: 5

Children attending the nursery do not usually get a higher priority for a place

We strongly recommend you include your catchment-area school even if it is your lowest preference when you apply for a place. If you are not offered a place at one of your preferred schools you will be offered a place at the nearest school with a vacancy after all the offers are made. Our advice on making a realistic application can help you apply.

Some schools organise a slow, phased start during the first two weeks of September to help children settle in. You should contact your child’s school to find out when they are due to start reception as it may be later than the start of the school term.

Read our reception booklet for more information.

Deferred entry to school

Provision must be made for the admission to school of all children in the September following their fourth birthday. Where a place at a school has been offered:

  • Your child is entitled to a full-time place in the September following their fourth birthday;
  • You can defer the date your child is admitted to the school until later in the school year, but not beyond the point at which they reach compulsory school age and not beyond the beginning of the final term of the school year for which it was made; or
  • If you wish your child may attend part-time until later in the school year but not beyond the point at which they reach compulsory school age.

A child reaches compulsory school age on the prescribed day following his or her fifth birthday (31 December, 31 March and 31 August).

Admission outside normal age range

In Solihull it is usual for children to be taught in the year group according to their chronological age. This is entirely appropriate for the vast majority of children whose needs can be supported by experienced school staff and the opportunities offered by the early years foundation stage curriculum.

Occasionally, it may be in the best interests of the child to teach him or her out of their chronological year group. This may be because of serious illness or severe learning difficulties.

Parents of summer-born children, defined by the DfE as children born between 1 April and 31 August may request that their child be taught out of the normal age group. This request may be supported by professional evidence such as a speech and language therapist or it may simply be the parent’s statement as to why they are making their request.

Parents wishing to make a request are advised to follow this process:

  • Apply for a place for your child’s normal age group at the usual time
  • Submit a request for admission out of the normal age group at the same time and by the closing date, by emailing admissions@solihull.gov.uk for local authority school or direct to an academy or voluntary aided school
  • Admission authorities will respond to the request before national offer day
  • If the request is agreed the application for the normal age group will be withdrawn before a place is offered
  • If the request is refused the application will proceed for the normal age group and you must decide whether to accept the offer of a place, or to refuse it and make an in-year application for admission once your child reaches statutory school age
  • If your request is agreed, this is not an offer of a school place, you must make a new application as part of the main admissions round the following year

One admission authority cannot be required to honour a decision made by another admission authority on admission out of the normal age group. Parents, therefore, should consider whether to request admission out of the normal year group at all their preference schools, rather than just their first preference school.

Once a request is submitted, the admissions authority is responsible for making the decision about whether the child should be admitted out of their normal age group. For maintained schools this will be the local authority, for voluntary aided schools or academies this will be the Governing Body or Trust.

The admissions authority will take account of the child’s individual needs and abilities to consider whether these can best be met in reception or year one. In effect, this means that the authority is making a decision about whether it would be in the child’s best interest to miss the reception year.

In making this decision the admissions authority will take account of:

  • The views of the parent
  • Information on the child’s academic and social and emotional development
  • The child’s medical history and views of medical professionals, if relevant
  • Whether the child was born prematurely and to which year group it would have fallen into if it was born on time; and
  • The views of the Head Teacher

Parents have a statutory right to appeal against the refusal of a place at a school for which they have applied. This right does not apply if they are offered a place at the school but it is not in their preferred age group.

If you are unhappy with the decision that has been reached following your request, you can make a complaint using the local authority complaints procedure for maintained schools or the schools complaints procedure for voluntary aided schools and academies.

If you are not satisfied with the way the local authority has handled your complaint, you may then refer their complaint to the Local Government and Social Care Ombudsman. In the case of an academy, you may refer your complaint to the Education and Skills Funding Agency who will consider the complaint on behalf of the Secretary of State for Education.

The Department for Education has issued advice and guidance for parents of summer born children which can be viewed here.

Children born between 1 September 2013 - 31 August 2014 attending an infant school transfer to a junior school in September 2021.

  • Apply online if you live in Solihull
  • Closing date for applications: 15 January 2021
  • Offers will be made: 16 April 2021
  • Number of schools you can apply for: 3

Children attending one of the following infant schools are guaranteed a place at the linked junior school as long as you apply on time.

Blossomfield Infant School  Sharmans Cross Junior School or Shirley Heath Junior School
Parents are guaranteed a place at one of these schools
Burman Infant School Haslucks Green Junior School
Castle Bromwich Infant School Castle Bromwich Junior School
Cranmore Infant School Widney Junior School
Damson Wood Infant Academy Coppice Junior School
Marston Green Infant Academy Marston Green Junior School
St Alphege CE Infant School St Alphege CE Junior School
Streetsbrook Infant and Early Years Academy Sharmans Cross Junior School
Woodlands Infant School Shirley Heath Junior School

 

Read our junior booklet for more information.

Children born between 1 September 2010 - 31 August 2011 transfer to a secondary school in September 2022.

  • Apply online if you live in Solihull
  • Closing date for applications: 31 October 2021
  • Offers will be made: 1 March 2022
  • Number of schools you can apply for: 6
  • Check school websites to find out about open days and evenings in September 2021

Due to coronavirus restrictions it is likely that schools will be providing a virtual open evening experience again this year. Check out the school website for up to date information.

We recommend you include your catchment-area school even if it is ranked as your lowest preference. If you are not offered a place at one of your preferred schools you will be offered a place at the nearest school with a vacancy after all the offers are made . Your catchment area school is likely to be full with applicants who have applied.  Look at the admission arrangements for the school that you wish to apply for to find out how places are offered. 

Our advice on making a realistic application will help you to make your application.

Read our secondary booklet for more information.

Children aged between 14 and 19 have a range of educational options that lead to valuable qualifications and can progress to further learning at university or college, apprenticeship or employment. Children can remain in school or you can explore other options that are available from the beginning of year 10.

University Technical Colleges are set up by universities and businesses and specialise in one or two technical subjects. At GCSE they offer a similar curriculum to a typical 11-18 secondary school, including English and maths as well as their specialist subject. Studio schools are similar to UTCs in that they have employer involvement in the curriculum and focus on developing the skills needed for employment, involving personal coaching and work experience, alongside a similar curriculum to a typical 11-18 school.

Children born between 1 September 2006 - 31 August 2007 can, if they wish, move to a UTC or other provider and start year 10 in September 2021.

If you want to apply for a place from the beginning of year 10 you should contact the UTC or academy direct to find out how to apply.

Apply online for WMG Academy Solihull and WMG Academy Coventry

No one has the right to choose the school their child will go to but you can tell us what school you would like your child to attend. Most schools receive more applications than places available. All of the applications are put in priority order, according to the oversubscription criteria and places are offered in this order.

Before you apply you should:

  • Look at the oversubscription criteria for your preferred schools and work out which priority would be given to your application.
  • Read our guide to definitions that can help you understand the words used within the oversubscription criteria.
  • Check your distance from the school using our online maps.

Comparing your priority and distance with how places have been offered in previous years will give you an indication of how successful your application might be.

If you live in Solihull we strongly recommend that you include your catchment-area school, even if it is your lowest preference - if you don’t the school is likely to be full with applicants who have applied. If you do not qualify for a place at any of your preferred schools you will be offered a place at the nearest school with a vacancy after all the offers are made.

Rank the schools in preference order, putting your favourite school first.

Making a realistic application example

This is an example and does not imply the outcome of an application.

Imagine you are applying for School A - find out your priority by checking your circumstances against the oversubscription criteria like this:

1(a) Looked after children or adopted children who were looked after Is your child in foster care or adopted after being in foster care? No
1(b) Children with exceptional social or medical reasons Does your child have exceptional social or medical reasons? No
2 Children living in the catchment area for School A You can check this using online maps No
3 Children with an older brother or sister at the school Will an older brother or sister be attending School A next September? No
4 Children of staff (this does not apply to all schools) Are you a member of school staff at School A? No
5 Living outside the catchment area How far do you live from School A? 1.6 miles

 

Your application has priority 5 and you live 1.6 miles from the school. The last person offered a place at School A for last September was priority 5 - 1.194 miles. This means that your child would not have been offered a place because you live too far away. However, this is only a guide and does not mean your application would be unsuccessful every year. The number of places available in priority 5 will change depending on how many applications are made and how many children live in the catchment area.

The distance of the last person offered a place could also change, for example, it will not always be 1.194 miles for School A. You can still apply for this school and if it is the school you want the most you should put it first on your application, but you should include other schools where you may have a better chance of being offered a place.

You should find out your priority and distance for all of your preferences. If you have a higher priority or the same priority and live closer to the school you have a good chance of being offered a place. If you have the same priority and live further away your chance of being offered a place is not as good. 

If the school you want to apply for is a Catholic school it is likely that they will give priority to children who are baptised Catholic and/or those who live in the parish. Solihull Catholic schools require you to fill in a supplementary information form as well as include the school name on your application.

Priority is given, at some Solihull schools, to children with exceptional social or medical reasons. You should check the oversubscription criteria for the school you want to apply for to see if this priority applies.

If you think there may be exceptional social or medical reasons you can find out more and what to do next on the definitions page or phone us for advice on 0121 704 6693.

If your child has an education, health and care (EHC) plan you will apply using a different process. You can find out more by contacting our statutory assessment and review team on 0121 704 6690.

If you move house, into Solihull, before the closing date for applications you can apply online. We will write to you and ask you for proof of your address. If you are planning to move to Solihull you should apply on time with the Council where you currently live. Apply for school(s) in the area you are moving to as well as your local school. When you have moved into your new home and sent us documents to prove where you live we will update your application.

We will use your new address if we can, but once the allocation has started (in January for secondary and February for primary) it becomes more difficult as offer day approaches. If it is too close to the offer date we will not use your new address until after the offers have been made.

If you move house after your child has been offered a place and there are children on the waiting list with a higher priority, your child's offer of a place will be withdrawn.

If your child moves into the home of a friend or relative, or you change address temporarily to improve your priority for a school place, we will not use that address.

If you are ready to make your application you should email school admissions at admissions@solihull.gov.uk with your child's full name, date of birth, the school they are attending now and the schools you would like to apply for. You can apply for up to 6 secondary schools or 5 primary schools.

You'll need to tell us where you are now and, if you know it, the address you are moving to and also the date you plan to move to Solihull. When you arrive we will ask for proof of your new home address. We recommend that you apply before the closing date. You can phone us on 0121 704 6693 for advice.

If you want to change your application you must send any updates to us by email at admissions@solihull.gov.uk. We will send you an email confirming your changes. Any changes we make for you will not show online. Your online outcome, on offer day, will show your changes.

If you make changes to your application involving schools outside Solihull the details will be sent to the council for the area who will have their own process.

If you have missed the closing date and the online system has closed you should email school admissions at admissions@solihull.gov.uk with your name, your child's full name, date of birth, address, the school they are attending now and the schools you would like to apply for. You can apply for up to 6 secondary schools or 5 primary schools.

Late applications will be processed after the offer day when they will be added to the waiting list.

If you apply online you will get an email telling you the outcome of your application or you can login to your account. We do not publish the time that the emails will be sent so our online system can cope with the amount of visitors.

You can find out how the places have been offered at Solihull schools in the most recent allocations:

You must accept the place by doing one of the following:

We will send your child’s details to the school and they will contact you in the summer term with details of events leading up to your child starting in September.

You should only decline the offer if you have another school place for your child. You must email admissions@solihull.gov.uk or write to school admissions telling us your child’s name, date of birth and the school they will be going to.

You should let us know as quickly as possible so another child can be given a place. You cannot provide this information over the phone.

Your child will automatically be on the waiting list of a Solihull school or academy if they have been refused a place. Waiting lists will be created during the two weeks after the offer date, after which you can contact us to find out where your child is on the list. You can contact us by email at admissions@solihull.gov.uk.

Waiting lists are in priority order against the admission criteria for the school or academy. Your child can move up or down the waiting list. For example, if another child joins the waiting list and has a higher priority for a place, because they live in the catchment area or live closer to the school than you, they will go above your child on the waiting list. If there is a vacancy this will be offered to the child at the top of the waiting list.

Children on the waiting list for Tudor Grange Academy Kingshurst Academy are not in any order because places are offered by random allocation.

Your child will stay on the waiting list until July. We will ask you to confirm that you still want your child to stay on the list and tell you that you must contact us again the week before every school holiday. If you don’t contact us your child will be taken off the list. In September your child’s name will be transferred to the in-year waiting list and given the appropriate oversubscription criteria.

You can appeal if you are unhappy with your secondary, junior or reception offer. You can find out more about appealing, or who to contact for a form. 

You are responsible for giving us correct information. If you provide false information this could lead to your child's offer of a place being withdrawn.

It’s important that all of the information you provide is accurate and honest so we can treat each child’s application for a place fairly and equally.

When we receive your application we carry out a number of checks. At any time during the application process we may ask for proof of your address. When you apply online you must tick a box which will allow us to verify your circumstances with other sources, such as Council Tax or your child's current school.

If we find that any information in your application is false, we can withdraw the place you have been offered. We will update your child's application to show your correct address and place it on the waiting list. If your child gets a school place based on an address that is later found to be false, any brothers or sisters wanting a place at the school in the future will not be given priority.

You can give us information about possible fraudulent applications. We will investigate and keep the information confidential. You can remain anonymous.

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If your child is offered a place at a school which is not your catchment-area school they are unlikely to be eligible for travel assistant. If will be your responsibility to get your child to and from school.

You can find out if your child would be entitled to help with transport to and from school if they are offered a place.