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In year admissions

What is an in year admission?

You would normally be making an in year application if:

  • your child does not currently have a school place to attend; or
  • your child has recently moved into the borough or has arrived from another country

You must contact our school admissions team so that we can assist you in finding a suitable school place for your child.

Our school admissions team will be able to guide you through the correct in year application process for you. In Southwark, there are four routes to apply for an in year place and differ depending on the schools you want to apply for and your child’s circumstances. The in year application routes are set out below.

Southwark in year application process

Route 1

Schools that co-ordinate and manage their own in year applications

If you're applying for an in year place at any of the Southwark schools listed below, you must apply to them directly. For further details on how to apply please visit each school’s website.   



Route 2

In year applications co-ordinated by Southwark Council’s school admissions team

If your child is currently not attending a Southwark school and you'd like to apply for an in year place at a Southwark school that is not listed at Route 1 above, you must complete Southwark Council's online in year application

Route 3

If you're a Southwark resident and applying to a school outside of Southwark

You must contact the borough where the school is located to ask about their in year application arrangements.

Route 4

Transferring your child from one Southwark school to another Southwark school

You will need to speak directly with your child’s current headteacher in the first instance. Once you have spoken with the headteacher, they will then make arrangements to provide you with information on the school to school transfer process.

Important information

  • families who are applying for a voluntary aided (church) schools, academy, foundation or free schools, must contact the school directly to ask if they're required to complete a Supplementary Information Form (SIF); all completed SIFs must be returned directly to the school of application
  • in year applications will not be processed during school holiday periods


After submitting your application, you will receive an outcome within 15 school days.

If the school you have named on the in year application cannot offer your child a place, they will let you know the reasons why and tell you about your right to appeal. Information about how to appeal will also be on each school’s website. You cannot submit an appeal until you have been told the outcome of your application.

For further information, view Southwark Council’s in year admissions application process flow chart.

Page last updated: 21 February 2023


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