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Moving schools

We aim to process applications within 10 teaching days from when we receive a complete and valid application. Once you have made an online application, you can log into your Citizen Portal account to see status updates.

You will need to apply directly to the following schools:

The in-year application process is only applicable if you are:

  • moving house either within or into Cambridgeshire
  • moving to Cambridgeshire from abroad
  • moving to a Cambridgeshire maintained school or academy from a private education establishment

Preparing to make an application

You will need to read the following three documents before making an application.

In-year application guide

Before making your application, please read a copy of the in-year admissions guide.

Size: 1.91 MB File format: pdf

Documentary evidence booklet

We cannot process incomplete applications. These will be returned and will delay your application and may result in your child not being allocated a place on time. Please read our guide to the documentary evidence required before completing your application.

Size: 25.72 KB File format: pdf

Cambridgeshire schools with places available

Information on which schools in Cambridgeshire have places remaining. Last updated 25 October 2018.

Size: 75.02 KB File format: xlsx

Making your application

You can apply online via the Citizen Portal using the button below.

Citizen Portal

If you are applying to certain schools for religious reasons, you will also need to submit a Supplementary Information Form (SIF) to the school. 

Paper application forms

We encourage parents to make an online application wherever possible. If you are not able to make an application online and would like to request a copy of the paper application form, please telephone 0345 045 1370. Please note that if you do apply using a paper application form, you will receive communication from the School Admissions Team via post only.

Please return the paper application form by post to:

School Admissions In-Year Team
OCT1221
The Octagon
Shire Hall
Castle Hill
Cambridge
CB3 0AP

You can also deliver by hand to Reception at Shire Hall.

Further information

Finding a school in Cambridgeshire

We publish school directory booklets for each district in Cambridgeshire, where you can find key information for all primary and secondary schools.

Help with choosing and applying for a school is available to all parents from our Parents School Preference Adviser.

Are you moving house and unable to provide evidence of your new Cambridgeshire address?

If this is the case, you can specify on your application your current / old address. We will process your application from this address but this may affect how your application is considered against the over-subscription criteria for each of your preferred schools. Please note we are unable to offer an alternative place to families who have not provided evidence of their new Cambridgeshire address.

On occasion we may not be able to meet your preferences, even if you used the Cambridgeshire list of school places available to support you when completing the application, but you can request the School Admissions Team to identify an alternative school place. If you request an alternative offer, we will seek a school place at the next nearest school to your home address with availability.

If you require us to consider an alternative offer, please ensure you tick the 'alternative offer' on the online application. If you do not request an alternative offer, and we cannot meet any of your preferences, then either a place will remain at your child's current Cambridgeshire school or you will be taking full responsibility for your child's education.

I am coming from abroad, is my child eligible for state education?

Please contact the UK Border Agency to enquire if you are entitled to apply for a school place. We recommend you visit the following websites to confirm you are aware of the Home Office regulations and laws on state education - https://www.gov.uk/study-visit-visa and https://www.gov.uk/standard-visitor-visa.

Fair Access Protocol

The Education and Inspections Act 2006 introduced a requirement for each local authority to have in place a Fair Access Protocol (FAP). Fair Access Protocols exist for those children who cannot obtain a place through normal admission procedures. Further guidance on this requirement can be found in the School Admissions Code.

Fair Access Protocol

Cambridgeshire's Fair Access Protocol.

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My child has a Statement of Special Educational Need or an Education, Health and Care Plan, how do I apply?

Please contact the Statutory Assessment and Resources Team to apply for a school place on 01480 372 600 or email [email protected]. You can also find out more about Statutory Assessments and Education, Health and Care Plans.

Moving to a Cambridgeshire school with SEND from outside the UK

Process for applying for a school place for children and young people with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities or medical needs from abroad.

Size: 180.66 KB File format: pdf

How do I apply for sixth form?

All sixth form colleges administer their own admissions process. You will need to contact them directly to apply. Find details of sixth form colleges.

How do I apply for nursery?

All nurseries administer their own admissions process. You will need to contact them directly to apply. Find details of how to apply for nursery.

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