Changing or transferring to a Swindon school

You make an "in-year" application for your child to attend a Swindon school unless they:

This means an "in-year" application is necessary when your child is:

  • leaving a school in Swindon to go to a different school
  • moving to a school in Swindon from a school that’s outside Swindon

If your child is moving from a Swindon school to attend school outside Swindon, you should contact the relevant council about making your application. You can use an online tool to check which council area you will live in.

Depending on your or your child’s circumstances, there are many things you should think about before making an in-year application.

How the application works

As a local authority, we co-ordinate all applications made during the academic year for all year groups for all schools in Swindon. This includes all schools that we, as a local authority, do not actually manage.

You can make an in-year application online.

You get to choose three schools in order of preference. We will work with the relevant admitting authority with the aim of offering your child a place at one of the schools you’ve stated.

All preferences are treated equally, so we will offer the highest preference whenever possible.

We allocate in-year transfers every 30 school days.

We consider in-year applications in “process periods” of four weeks, depending on the term calendar.  An application made in any given process period is not prioritised by the date we receive it.

The timetable of process periods is below.

There is an offer date associated with each process period. This is the day that we e-mail parents with an offer of a school place, or inform them that their application was not successful. 

Once you have received your offer letter, you should contact the school to accept the place and agree a start date. You must accept the place within 28 school days of the offer.

Process period for the 2020/21 school year

Process period Open date (when you can apply)  Closing date (online applications must be submitted by 12 noon) Parents notified (day offers are emailed)
1 13 July 2020 27 August 2020 11 September 2020
2 28 August 2020 10 September 2020 23 September 2020
3 11 September 2020 22 September 2020 6 October 2020
4 23 September 2020 1 October 2020 19 October 2020
5 2 October 2020 16 October 2020 11 November 2020
6 19 October 2020 12 November 2020 25 November 2020
7 13 November 2020 30 November 2020 14 December 2020
8 1 December 2020 15 December 2020 11 January 2021
9 16 December 2020 15 January 2021 28 January 2021
10 18 January 2021 28 January 2021 10 February 2021
11 29 January 2021 11 February 2021 8 March 2021
12 12 February 2021 4 March 2021 18 March 2021
13 5 March 2021 17 March 2021 30 March 2021
14 18 March 2021 20 April 2021 30 April 2021
15 21 April 2021 7 May 2021 19 May 2021
16 10 May 2021 20 May 2021 17 June 2021
17 21 May 2021 8 June 2021 22 June 2021
18 9 June 2021 24 June 2021 7 July 2021
19 25 June 2021 9 July 2021 20 July 2021
20 10 July 2021 31 August 2021 11 September 2021

If your application is not successful

If we cannot offer your child a place at one of your preferred schools and they do not already attend a Swindon school, we will offer a place at the nearest school that has availability. This is assuming you have provided evidence of your Swindon address.

You can be added to the waiting list for a preferred school, if the school has one. A school’s waiting list policy is held in its oversubscription criteria. Your child may move up or down the list as other children are added and removed. No priority is given according to the amount of time your child spends on the list.

For community schools and voluntary controlled schools, the waiting list is held until the end of the academic year. If you wish to remain on the waiting list for the following year, you must make another application in that academic year.

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