ATTENTION – Due to the current COVID-19 situation all members of the School Admissions and Appeals Team are working remotely. Whilst we are working to continue to provide a good level of service, the usual Civic Centre reception based service has been suspended and we are unable to answer telephone enquiries.
We recognise that our service is important to you and appreciate your patience and understanding during this time. We are contactable via email and if your email requires a response, we will reply as soon as we can. However, it can take up to 10 working days at very busy times of the year such as on national offer days. Email contact details can be found further down this page.
Please Note : If you have applied for an in year transfer please be advised that this is one of the services that has been affected and understandably decisions will be delayed. However, we will contact you as soon as we have any further information about the progress of your application.
Walsall Council has revised its appeals process in light of new government regulations in response to the Covid-19 pandemic.
Due to the current situation regarding social distancing requirements, these regulations allow Admission Appeal Hearings to be held remotely, via video and/or telephone link or for the appeal to be determined based on a written submission. Parents and carers will receive full support to enable them to access the hearing. Officers from Walsall’s Democratic Services Service will email parents once they have submitted their appeal form to clarify the options available to them. Appeals hearings will commence on 1st June 2020.
Finding a school place for your children, either at primary or secondary school is one of the most important milestones for parents. Walsall Council has a vision of excellence for all of its schools. They are all places where young people can develop, learn, experience and question the world around them.
If you are applying for your child to commence reception, transfer from an infant to a junior school,or move from a primary to a secondary school, you can express a preference for three primary schools, and for up to five secondary schools. In addition to schools in Walsall, you can also express preferences for schools in other council areas. Walsall Council runs a coordinated admissions scheme with neighbouring councils and with schools where the Governors are the admissions authority, so you only have to complete one application.
You can also apply for a Walsall primary school during the school year if your child is already of school age through the Mid-Year Admission process.
Walsall Council acts as the admissions authority for a community and voluntary controlled schools. The governing body of foundation schools and voluntary aided school (normally Roman Catholic or Church of England schools) control admissions to those schools. Likewise, governors of academies in Walsall act as the admissions authorities for those school.
We always try to meet a parent's first preference, but sometimes more applications for places are received than the school has places available. When this happens we will try to offer your next highest preference. We are under a duty to offer your child a place in a school, and if we cannot meet any of your preferences, we will offer you a place in the nearest school to your home address where spaces are available.
You have a statutory right of appeal against a decision not to offer you a place in a school of your preference to an Independent Appeal Panel.
The School Admissions & Appeals Team is available to assist parents and carers with enquiries in the First Stop Shop (Walsall Council Civic Centre) between:
10 a.m. - 12 noon Monday
9 a.m. - 12 noon Tuesday - Friday
The School Admissions desk is closed each afternoon.
If you have any questions about the secondary school transfer process and would like advice or support, please contact the Parent Support Advisor.
Parent Support Adviser (Admissions and Appeals)
If you would like to speak to a member of the Admissions and Appeals Team:
Admissions and Appeals
Enquiries about changing schools during the academic year (primary or secondary) should be made to the Admissions and Appeals Team email@example.com
Determined Admission Arrangements for 2021/22
The Education and Inspections Act 2006 and the School Admissions Code 2014 require all ‘Admission Authorities’ (Local authorities for Community and Voluntary Controlled schools or Governing Bodies in the case of Voluntary Aided schools, Foundation schools and Academies) to determine their admission arrangements for the following year.
Following a period of formal consultation, the admission arrangements for Walsall Community and Voluntary Controlled schools and the Scheme for Coordinated Admissions for all Walsall primary and secondary schools and midyear admissions were determined by Cabinet on 12 February 2020.
Please follow the links below to view the Determined Admission Arrangements for the academic year for all Walsall Community and Voluntary Controlled schools and the Determined Scheme for Coordinated Admissions for 2021/22
Determined Admission Arrangements 2021/22
Determined Scheme for Coordinated Admissions 2021/22