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Late applications and changes of preference

Any applications received after the national closing date of 31 October 2019 are classed as late applications and will be processed after 2 March 2020.

Late applications are those where parent/carers have not previously made an application.

  • Late applicants are less likely to get a place at one of their preferred schools, as the majority of schools in Birmingham fill to their published admission numbers with on-time applicants who more closely meet 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*, and your child will be placed at one of the nearest schools to your home that has availability at the time we process your late application.

*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 we offer your child. If you refuse the place, there is no guarantee that your child will be offered a place at one of your preferences from the waiting list, or via the appeals process, and may be without a school place in September.

Late changes of preference

Late changes of preference are where parent/carers have previously submitted an application and after 31 October 2019 have made changes to their preferences, which may include changes to the order of those preferences. Late changes of preference will be processed after 2 March 2020.

  • Applicants who submit late changes of preferences are less likely to get a place at one of their preferred schools, as the majority of schools in Birmingham fill to their published admission numbers with on-time applicants who more closely meet 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 newly preferred schools 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 encourage you to carefully consider what your new set of preferences should 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 the example below:

 

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 2 March 2020 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.

 

Later, Malaika’s family submit the following updated set of preferences:

 

1.            School D.

2.            School E.

3.            School F.

 

Malaika will no longer be on the waiting list for 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 her to stay on the waiting list for School A and wish to 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.

 

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