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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. Please see Related Pages for information on locating individual schools.


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
  • The school you want to transfer to will give you an In Year Common Preference Form to complete. Alternatively you can download it from the Documents section on this page. You need to return the completed form to the school either in person or by post
  • 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 the School appeals page in the Related Pages section 
  • 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 authorities’ admissions team 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
  • 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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