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Late applications and changes of preference

Any applications received after the national closing date of 15 January 2020 are classed as late applications and will be processed after 16 April 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 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.
  • 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 15 January 2020 have made changes to their preferences, which may include changes to the order of those preferences. Late changes of preference will be processed after 16 April 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 can 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.
  • 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 three 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.

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:

Jamie’s family submitted the following preferences prior to the deadline:

1.            School A.

2.            School B.

3.            School C.

At National Offer Day on 16 April 2020 Jamie is offered a place at School B. He is automatically placed on the waiting list for School A and his family submits an appeal for that school.

Later, Jamie’s family submits the following updated set of preferences:

1.            School D.

2.            School E.

3.            School F.

Jamie will no longer be on the waiting list for school A, and his appeal will be withdrawn. His offer for a place at School B will remain, unless he is offered a place at School D, E or F.

If Jamie’s parents would like him to stay on the waiting list for School A and wish to retain their right of appeal for that school, as they can only have three live preferences it total their new set of preferences should be.

1.            School A.

2.            School D.

3.            School E.