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Apply online, late applications and late changes of preferences

Late applications

The closing date was 11:59pm on 31 October 2021

  • Late applications opened on 1 November 2021.
  • Applications received after the statutory closing date (31 October 2021) for Secondary transfers will only be considered after applications received on time and processed after 1 March 2022.
  • All applications are now classed as late applications, no matter the childs circumstances.

Remember to list six different secondary schools

If your child attends any of the following all through schools in Year 6: Ark Kings Academy, Bournville School, King Solomon International Business School, Washwood Heath Academy or Waverley School, please do not list the school as one of your six preferences.

Your child will automatically move up from Year 6 to Year 7 in September 2022 and by listing the school as a preference you are wasting one of your preferences.

Important: Ensure you include details of any siblings attending your preferred school(s) in the field (box) provided for sibling details. Sibling details included in the incorrect field (box), such as in reasons for preference. Will not be counted and may prevent you from gaining a place at your preferred school. Please note if a parent/carer fills in the online application incorrectly, they remain liable for not completing the form correctly, not School Admissions and Fair Access Service.

List six secondary schools in order of preference

Make sure you have read the admission arrangements fully for the schools you are interested in and know how likely it is that your child will be offered a place there. It is important that you include at least one realistic preference for a school that your child would have met the criteria for in previous years.

If you have included preferences for any schools that require you to complete a supplementary information form or includes social and medical needs as a criteria and require you to send evidence, please ensure that you send the supplementary information form or and any required supporting medical evidence etc. directly to the school in question. Please note that failure to do so may mean that your child’s application is assessed by the school under a lower criterion and they may not be offered a place.

Late changes of preference

Late changes of preference are where parent/carers have previously submitted an application and have then subsequently made changes to their order of preferences which may include changes to the order of those preferences received after the 31 October 2021. Late changes of preference will be processed after 1 March 2022.

  • Late changes of preferences are less likely to get a place at one of their preferred schools for their child as the majority of schools in Birmingham fill to their published admissions numbers with on time applicants that met their admissions criteria. When your late application is processed if we are able to offer you a place at one of your preferences we will. If not you will be added to the waiting lists for your preferred schools where relevant*
  • *Birmingham grammar schools have a qualifying score of 205 that your child must meet to be added to their waiting lists.
  • We strongly recommend that you do not refuse the school your child was originally offered . If you refuse that place there is no guarantee that your child will be offered a place at one of your new order of preferences from the waiting list or via the appeals process and may be without a school place in September.

Important information about changing your preferences:

You can only have a maximum of six live preferences at any one time. If you wish to change your preferences, we strongly recommend that you carefully consider what your new set of preferences should to be – i.e., which preferences you would like to keep (which must be included again in the new set of preferences submitted) and which preferences you would like to remove.

This is important because you will be taken off the waiting lists for any schools that you remove from your new set of preferences and any appeals that you have previously sent for schools that are no longer on your list of live preferences will be withdrawn accordingly. This includes grammar schools.

Please note that any offer of a school place that has already been made will not be lost due to a change of preferences, unless a new offer for a higher preference is made due places being available or due to waiting list movement.

Please see below example.

For example, Malaika’s family submitted the following preferences prior to the deadline:

  1. School A
  2. School B
  3. School C

At National Offer Day on 1 March 2022 Malaika is offered a place at School B. She is automatically placed on the waiting list for School A and her family submit an appeal for that school.

Subsequently, Malaika’s family submit an updated set of preferences as follows:

  1. School D
  2. School E
  3. School F

Malaika will no longer be on the waiting list school A, and her appeal will be withdrawn. Her offer for a place at School B will remain, unless she is offered a place at School D, E or F.

If Malaika’s parents would like to stay on the waiting list for School A and retain their right of appeal for that school, their new set of preferences should be:

  1. School A
  2. School D
  3. School E
  4. School F

Apply online

You will receive an email confirmation that you have submitted your application form. Please ensure to check your SPAM or Junk folder. It is important that you check your confirmation email to make sure everything is correct.

IMPORTANT: if you amend your preferences, please ensure you re-submit your application form before the closing date otherwise your application will not be processed.

We will take your final submission as the application to process.

Please do not use this form if your child has an Education Health Care Plan (EHCP). Information about the secondary transfer process for children with special educational needs is available on our website.

Other useful information

Parents guide of how to complete an online application

Online application password reset guidance

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