In-year admissions

In-year applications can be submitted for children of school age requiring admission to a new school.

You can apply for admission if you are new to the country or returning to the UK, moving into Reading or if your child is already in a school but you are requesting a move to a new school.

Children will be admitted into the year group appropriate for their age group.

Please note: In-year applications submitted after Thursday 30 June will be accepted but will not be processed before the end of the academic year. The application will be processed in September when the schools return from the summer break.

In-year applications can take 15 school days to process but there may be a delay processing the applications when the schools return due to the volume of application that will need to be processed.

Waiting lists will not be quoted during the school holidays and will only be available when the schools return in September.

National Curriculum Year Groups
Reception 1/9/2016 31/8/2017 Primary
Year 1 1/9/2015 31/8/2016
Year 2 1/9/2014 31/8/2015
Year 3 1/9/2013 31/8/2014
Year 4 1/9/2012 31/8/2013
Year 5 1/9/2011 31/8/2012
Year 6 1/9/2010 31/8/2011
Year 7 1/9/2009 31/8/2010 Secondary
Year 8 1/9/2008 31/8/2009
Year 9 1/9/2007 31/8/2008
Year 10 1/9/2006 31/8/2007
Year 11 1/9/2005 31/8/2006

Please read the In-Year Admissions Guide for more information on the process.

Please note: In-Year applications can take 15 school days to process, though there may be a delay due to the volume that will need to be processed in September. We do not process In-Year applications during the school holidays.

The Primary School Admissions guide 21/22 and Secondary School Admissions guide 21/22 are the relevant guides to refer to for any in-year admission during 2021/22. Please do not refer to the 2022/23 guides.

Please note that the admissions policies in the 21/22 guides have been updated due to the changes in the school admissions code 2021. Please refer to the relevant schools Admission Policy for 21/22 for the oversubscription information

How to apply

Applications can be submitted four weeks in advance of a place being required. You can apply on our online In-Year application form. You can list up to four schools, in order of preference.

You can choose any state school, even if it isn’t in our borough. If you wish to apply for a school outside of the borough you will also need to contact the relevant local authority and apply using their form.

You can find your catchment area school (also known as a designated area school) by visiting the My Reading website

NB: Not all addresses have a catchment area school.

If you want to apply to an independent school you will need to apply to the school directly. We will not process admission for independent schools.

Moving address

If you have moved to the area or are moving to a new address within Reading and would like your child to attend a new school you must make sure you provide the appropriate evidence in order for us to process the application from the new address. Please refer to the In-Year Admissions Guide.

If your child is new to the country, please make sure you read the In-Year Admissions Guide and guidance for applications for overseas children to check your eligibility to apply. Please also read the latest guidance from the Department for Education. If you do not provide the necessary evidence with your application there is likely to be a delay in processing your application.

If your child is new to the country and arrived on the Home for Ukraine scheme or Ukraine family scheme, please read the ‘Guidance for parents/carers and sponsors- for Ukraine Nationals arriving on Government schemes’.

If you are sponsor or family member wishing to support a family, please email us at with details on the child requiring a place and we will respond with a personalised response.

If you are moving out of Reading or want to change your child’s school to one outside Reading, you should apply to that local authority and let your child’s current school know.

Not moving address

If you are not moving house, but want your child to change schools for other reasons, you can apply using the online in-year admissions form.

If your child is attending a local school and the preferred school is unable to offer a place, your child will be added to the waiting list. Please refer to the In-Year Admissions Guide for information on waiting lists.

If you want to move your child to a different school because of a problem with their current school you should try to resolve the issue with the school first.

If your child is attending a local school and you have not moved home, you will normally be offered a school place from the start of the new term.

Pupil Premium

You may receive priority for some schools if your child’s current school receives Pupil Premium for them. More formation about Pupil Premium.

Additional forms

Some schools ask you to fill in a supplementary form in addition to assess where you rank in accordance with their oversubscription criteria. You do not have to complete this, but it may affect your place on their waiting list.

Ranking considering Pupil Premium

All community schools within Reading Borough give priority to children in receipt of Pupil Premium. You will need to complete the In-Year Supplementary Form and submit this with your application.

Maiden Erlegh Reading also takes Pupil Premium into account as part of the admissions process, and you should use the separate Maiden Erlegh Reading Supplementary Information Form.

You will need to get your child’s current school to confirm they are eligible for Pupil Premium by stamping the supplementary form. Please contact the school if you are not sure whether they get this funding for your child.

If you declare your child to be in receipt of Pupil Premium on their application but do not submit the form, it cannot be ranked accordingly.

Ranking considering religion

The following schools take into account religious affiliation in their oversubscription criteria. Please complete the SIF (if you think it applies to your child) and return it directly to the school in question.

All Saints Infant School Supplementary Form

English Martyrs Supplementary Information Form

St Anne’s Catholic Primary School In-Year Supplementary Form

St Martin’s Catholic Primary School Supplementary Form

Blessed Hugh Faringdon Catholic School Supplementary Form

Schools you must apply directly to

If you would like a place at the following schools, please apply directly to them.

If you list one of these schools on your application, it will not be processed by the School Admissions team.



Fair Access Protocol

Brighter Futures for Children, on behalf of Reading Borough Council, as required by the School Admissions Code 2014 (paras 3.9 to 3.15) has a Fair Access Protocol which assists local authorities to place students in schools.


If you are not offered a place at a school then you will be advised of your right of appeal.

Should you have any further queries, please contact the school admissions team via email at: