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Transferring between schools

Waiting lists for schools are held until the end of the academic year and have now closed. If you wish to apply for a school place in the 2017/18 academic year please follow the advice below.

If you want to transfer school or are applying other than starting primary or secondary school for the first time you need to apply directly with the school. 

Schools search will help you find details of primary and secondary schools in Leeds.


Requesting to transfer schools


  • Before you request to transfer schools, you must talk through any problems with the current school. Transferring schools can be very disruptive to a pupil.​ If you are not happy with the way the school is dealing with the problem you should speak to the Headteacher or the Chair of Governors at the school

  • You will need to complete an In Year Common Preference Form (PDF 732 KB). The school you want to transfer to can also supply you with one of these. You need to return the completed form to the school either in person or by post. During school holidays you can email the form to education.transfers@leeds.gov.uk or post to Leeds City Council, PO Box 837, Admissions, Leeds, LS1 9PZ. These will then be sent to the school

  • If the school is able to offer you a place, you will receive a letter confirming this

  • If the school is unable to offer you a place your child will automatically be added to the waiting list. In addition, the admissions team will contact you in writing to let you know about other schools in your area and any vacancies at these schools

  • You will have the right of appeal to an independent panel for the school you have been refused. If you want more information about the appeals process please visit School appeals

  • If you are moving out of Leeds please contact the authorities admissions team for the place you are moving to for advice on transferring schools

Moving house


  • If you are moving out of Leeds please contact the local authority for the place you are moving to for advice on transferring schools

  • You will need to provide proof that you have moved. A photocopy of the proof should be attached in an email to education.transfers@leeds.gov.uk

  • Acceptable proofs of address are photocopies of:

  • Any exit utility bill for the previous property, for example, gas, electricity, water, landline telephone

  • AND

  • A council tax bill for the new property in the parent’s name

  • OR

  • A tenancy agreement for the rented property

  • OR

  • A document stating a house sale has completed (exchange of contracts is not sufficient)

You must apply for a school place using the address where your child lives for the majority of the time.

Some schools including voluntary aided, free schools, academies and trusts are their own admissions authorities and have their own individual admissions policies. You can find these on the individual schools websites or by searching for the relevant school on the Schools search page.

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Whilst Leeds City Council pages are the only official guide to the application process, schools themselves are often best placed to answer questions about their offer. As many schools are their own admitting authority, they will also have information about their admission policy.

An additional source of information to assist with finding out about schools local to your area is 192.com’s Local school search which you may find helpful. However, please be aware that, as an external site, it may not carry accurate information and you should not rely on it.

If you find anything that conflicts with our official information please contact us and we will provide clarification.

Click to expandWhere else can I find information?

Whilst Leeds City Council pages are the only official guide to the application process, schools themselves are often best placed to answer questions about their offer. As many schools are their own admitting authority, they will also have information about their admission policy.

There are a whole range of websites that you may find useful to consult as part of your preparation for the school admissions process. These include netmums​, the Advisory Centre for Education and estate agents websites. However, please be aware that, as external sites, they may not carry accurate information and you should not rely on them.

If you find anything that conflicts with our official information please contact us and we will provide clarification.

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