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Moving to a different school

You may need to move your child to a different school if you're moving house or they are having difficulties at their current school. This is called a mid-year admission or transfer.

You can apply online to move to a different primary school.

If you need to change your child's secondary school, you'll need to apply direct to your preferred school.

Contact the relevant local authority if you want to apply to a school outside Walsall.

Before you begin

Schools use admissions criteria to decide which children they can offer a place to. They will make any offers in order of priority. You should check first to see if your child is eligible for the school you’re interested in. You can find further information about criteria and fair access protocol in our policies.

If you’re applying for more than one child to change school, you'll need to complete a separate application for each child.

Make sure you know which schools you want to apply to and list them in priority order. If you’re not sure, visit our find a school page. Contact us if you need help finding schools that have vacancies.

To find out more information, the schemes for co-ordinated admissions document tells you about:

  • when and how key decisions are made
  • what to do if you live near a borough boundary and want to apply for a school in another authority

The determined admission arrangements document tells you about:

  • class sizes
  • oversubscription criteria
  • priority applications from siblings
  • paired infant and junior schools

Children with special educational needs (SEN) or an education health and care (EHC) plan

If your child has a statement of SEN or an EHC plan, you should contact Walsall Council’s SEN Team or the local authority that issued their statement or plan.

Get support with making your application

Our step-by-step guide to online applications will take you through the whole admissions process. It explains how to create an account, how to log in, and how to submit your application.

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You can also contact us for help with making your application.