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In-Year Admissions

Children new to the area, changing schools in-year or without a school

Changes to Service due to Covid 19 

We continue to accept and progress In-Year applications, ensuring all applications are monitored to receive an outcome. However, as all schools are currently closed for the normal delivery of the education curriculum until further notice, there will be a delay to the processing of your application and to your child starting at their new school. Please be assured that we will reply to all applications, you do not need to contact us again after submitting the application. 

The School Admissions Team and Sutton Schools are currently awaiting Government guidance in relation to the start of the new academic year in September. We are therefore unable to provide any information on these arrangements at this time. 

Thank you for your patience.  

Application Form for In-Year Admission to Sutton Schools


You should print the above application form for In-Year Admission to Sutton Schools. The fully completed form should be returned to us with copies of any requested information, if you are about to move, or have recently moved to the Sutton area and wish to arrange for a place in one of our schools for your child or children and you fall into any of the following categories:

  • you have just moved to Sutton and your child is NOT attending a school within a reasonable travel distance from your new address
  • you have just moved within Sutton and your previous school is not within reasonable travel distance/time from your new address
  • your child has been educated at home
  • your child is moving out of independent schooling
  • you are moving close to the borough boundary but not within Sutton and wish to apply to Sutton schools

We receive many in-year applications and these are generally where families are moving into Sutton or are moving within the borough and their previous school is not within reasonable travel distance/time from the new address.

If you are thinking about changing schools for reasons other than a house move we strongly advise that you discuss the proposed transfer with your current school. Please note, if your child is currently in year 6 or is currently in years 10 or 11 and studying for their GCSE exams at secondary school, we discourage any disruption to the child’s education unless there are exceptional circumstances (for example, a change of address). It's important that your child remains at their current school until an alternative place has been found at another school.

Applications for Sutton schools will not normally be accepted more than 4 school weeks prior to the intended date of admission. An exception to this will be where places are requested for the beginning of the next academic year in September when applications can be made after the May half term.

To help you speed up the process, view our vacancy checker to see which schools may have current vacancies.

If you wish to make an in-year application for a school outside the borough, even if you will be a Sutton resident, you must make an application to the borough where the school is located.

What happens after the Sutton application has been made

In most circumstances we will not be in a position to update you on the status of your application for at least 20 school days after receipt because it will require direct contact with the school.

Please do not e-mail or call us about the status of your application until this time has passed. This should provide enough time for an outcome to be provided.

If no place is available at one of your preferred schools, you will be given a right of appeal and advised about waiting list procedures.

Applying for a school place - supplementary forms

Some schools require additional information to consider your application. Contact your preferred  schools directly to see if one is needed, as part of your in-year application.


Further information 

If you need any further assistance or information regarding school applications, please contact us using our online school admissions enquiry form.

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