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.
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Please read the In Year Admissions Guide 2021-22 for more information on the process.
Please note: We do not process In-Year applications during the school holidays. Applications submitted during this period will be processed in September when the schools return from the summer break. You can still apply for In-Year admission and you will receive an acknowledgment to your application. In-Year applications can take 15 school days to process but there may be a delay processing the applications due to the volume of application that will need to be processed in September.
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 admissions 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 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.
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 2021-22 .
If your child is new to the country, please make sure you read the In Year Admissions Guide 2021-22 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 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 2021-22 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.
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
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.
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.
- Christ the King Catholic Primary School
- Churchend Primary Academy
- St John’s (VA) Primary School
- 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.
Should you have any further queries, please contact the school admissions team via email: email@example.com.