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Late Applications | Apply for Reception / Primary school | Birmingham City Council

Late Applications

Any applications received after the national closing date of 15 January 2021 are classed as late applications and will be processed after 16 April 2021.

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

  • Late applicants 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* and your child will be placed at one of the nearest schools with 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 on time (by 15 January 2021) and have then subsequently made changes to their order of preferences which may include changes to the order of those preferences received after the 15 January 2021. Late changes of preference will be processed after 16 April 2021.

  • 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*
  • 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 three 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.

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.

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

  • School A.
  • School B.
  • School C.

At National Offer Day on 16 April 2021 Leslenne 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, Leslenne’s family submit an updated set of preferences as follows:

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

Leslenne 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 Leslenne’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 have been:

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