Following the Government guidelines to limit the spread of COVID-19, schools in the UK have been closed until further notice. The In-Year application process will be suspended, for the majority of children in the UK unless indicated below, until further notice.
Applications will still be processed for children who are vulnerable, and children whose parents are critical to the COVID-19 response and cannot be safely cared for at home. Definitions of these children and updated information can be found on the Government website.
For parents and children who have recently arrived in the UK, or if your child currently does not have a school place – please still complete an In-Year application.
Please note, applications for those listed above will not be processed within the usual 20 school days’ timeframe.
Should you have any further queries, place contact the school admissions team via email firstname.lastname@example.org
Schools you can apply to
If you do need to make an application, you can list up to 4 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 need to contact the relevant local authority and apply using their form.
You can find your designated area school(s) by visiting the My Reading website.
If you want to apply to an independent school you will need to apply to the school directly.
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. 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 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 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 2019 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 next half term.
You may receive priority for some schools if your child’s current school receives pupil premium for them. More information about pupil premium.
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
You will need to get your child’s current school to confirm they are eligible for Pupil Premium. Please contact the school if you are not sure whether they get this funding for your child.
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.
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.
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.
Schools you must apply directly to
If you would like a place at the following schools, please apply directly to them.
- All Saints (VA) Infant School
- All Saints Junior School
- Christ the King Catholic Primary School
- Churchend Primary Academy
- Kendrick School
- Prospect School
- Reading School
- St John’s (VA) Primary School
- St Mary and All Saints Church of England Primary School
- UTC Reading (Y10 and Y11)
- The Heights Primary School
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.