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 15 school days.

We consider in-year applications in “process periods” 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 2021/22 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 10 July 2021 2 September 2021 13 September 2021
2 3 September 2021 10 September 2021 22 September 2021
3 11 September 2021 17 September 2021 30 September 2021
4 18 September 2021 29 September 2021 8 October 2021
5 30 September 2021 11 October 2021 20 October 2021
6 12 October 2021 21 October 2021 10 November 2021
7 22 October 2021 9 November 2021 18 November 2021
8 10 November 2021 19 November 2021 29 November 2021
9 20 November 2021 3 December 2021 13 December 2021
10 4 December 2021 16 December 2021 11 January 2022
11 17 December 2021 13 January 2022 21 January 2022
12 14 January 2022 24 January 2022 3 February 2022
13 25 January 2022 3 February 2022 14 February 2022
14 4 February 2022 15 February 2022 4 March 2022
15 16 Februry 2022 7 March 2022 17 March 2022
16 8 March 2022 18 March 2022 29 March 2022
17 19 March 2022 30 March 2022 8 April 2022
18 1 April 2022 25 April 2022 5 May 2022
19 26 April 2022 6 May 2022 16 May 2022
20 7 May 2022 17 May 2022 27 May 2022
21 18 May 2022 6 June 2022 14 June 2022
22 7 June 2022 15 June 2022 27 June 2022
23 16 June 2022 28 June 2022 6 July 2022
24 29 June 2022 8 July 2022 19 July 2022

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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