Transferring between schools

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.

If you are applying to start primary or secondary school for the first time, visit School Admissions.

School vacancy lists

The Primary and Secondary schools with vacancies lists will assist you in securing a school place. These lists are updated on a weekly basis and are collated from information schools provide to the admissions team.

You will need to contact the school(s) directly to confirm the vacancies remain.

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

Requesting to transfer schools

Before you request a transfer, if there are any problems with the school your child is currently attending you should talk these through with the school. Transferring 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 Head teacher or the Chair of Governors.

If you wish to transfer, you will need to complete an In Year Common Preference Form (PDF, 732KB). The school you want to transfer to can also supply you with a form. Please 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 it to:

The Admissions Team
Leeds City Council
P.O. Box 837
Leeds
LS1 9PZ

If you are wanting apply to more than one school you only need to approach one school with your completed In Year Common Preference Form (but you can approach more than one school if you wish).

If the school is unable to offer you a place, your child will automatically be added to the waiting list. The admissions team will contact you in writing to confirm you child has been placed on the school waiting list. You can find out about schools with vacancies by clicking on the schools with vacancies lists towards the top of this page.

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.

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.

If you wish to add any more preference once you have handed in the In Year Common Preference Form you do not need to complete the whole form again just Section 9 and return this to the Admissions team to:

Complete and return your form by post or email:

Post

The Admissions Team
Leeds City Council
P.O. Box 837
Leeds
LS1 9PZ

Email

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.

If you are moving within Leeds 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, e.g. gas, electricity, water, landline telephone

and one of the following:

  • council tax bill for the new property in the parent’s name
  • tenancy agreement for the rented property
  • 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.​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​

 

 

Local school searchLocal school search<div class="ExternalClassEAA05301E1364D3499A287D585660531"><p>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.</p> <p>An additional source of information to assist with finding out about schools local to your area is 192.com’s <strong><a href="http://www.192.com/schools/">Local school search</a></strong> 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. </p> <p>If you find anything that conflicts with our official information please contact us and we will provide clarification.</p> ​</div>
Where else can I find information?Where else can I find information?<div class="ExternalClass70A63A2EB8AC4861925E362E58990391"><p>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.</p> <p>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 <strong><a href="http://www.netmums.com/">netmums​</a></strong>, the <strong><a href="http://www.ace-ed.org.uk/">Advisory Centre for Education</a></strong> 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. </p> <p>If you find anything that conflicts with our official information please contact us and we will provide clarification. Email us at <a href="mailto:education.admissions@leeds.gov.uk"><strong>education.admissions@leeds.gov.uk</strong></a> or call 0113 222 4414.​<span id="ms-rterangecursor-start" style="display:none;"></span><span id="ms-rterangecursor-end" style="display:none;"></span></p></div>

 

 

Leeds Admissions Policy 2018 Secondaryhttps://www.leeds.gov.uk/docs/Leeds Admissions Policy 2018 Secondary.pdf61700pdf
Secondary school vacancies listhttps://www.leeds.gov.uk/docs/Secondary School Vacancies list.pdf93836pdf
Primary school vacancies listhttps://www.leeds.gov.uk/docs/Primary School Vacancies list.pdf173646pdf
In year common preference formhttps://www.leeds.gov.uk/docs/In year common preference form.pdf384270pdf
Children of Service Personnelhttps://www.leeds.gov.uk/docs/Children of Service Personnel.pdf145888pdf

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