Somerset County Council

Apply to transfer to a secondary or upper school


The different types of school and transfers 
Published admission numbers 
When will I get my outcome? 
Carefully consider the following when making your school place application
Fraudulent School Place Applications 

The deadline for applications for secondary and upper schools has now passed.

The deadline for applications for starting school or applying for a junior or middle school is 15 January 2016. If you want to make an application to start school, or transfer to a junior or middle school, please go to the Apply to start school page and apply there.

Please do not use the form on this page to apply to start school, or for a Junior or Middle School place. If you do, your application will not be processed.

If you are applying for a secondary or upper school after the deadline of 31 October 2015, your application will be considered after the on-time applications have been processed. You can apply online here.

Apply to transfer to a secondary or upper school now 

Or you can fill in a paper application form or contact Somerset Direct if you need one posted to you. 

For applications received by 6 May 2016 we will aim to send outcomes on 10 June 2016. Applications received after 6 May 2016 will be processed in strict date order of receipt from 10 June 2016. All outcomes will be sent by second class post.

The different types of school and transfers
In Somerset, the different types of school and transfers are as follows: 

  • Infant to Junior School: Junior schools cater for Year 3 to Year 6 
  • First to Middle School: Middle schools cater for Year 5 to Year 8 
  • Middle to Upper School: Upper schools cater for Year 9 to Year 11 
  • Primary to Secondary School: Secondary schools cater for Year 7 to Year 11 

The information on this page only applies to children living in Somerset who are due to transfer to a secondary or upper school in September 2016. If your child is due to start school for the first time or transferring to a junior or middle school, please refer to the Apply to Start School page

If you live outside of Somerset and wish to apply for a Somerset school you will need to apply through your home local authority. If you live in Somerset and wish to apply for a place in a school in another local authority area, you will need to apply through Somerset as it is your home authority. For further information and contact details for neighbouring local authorities please see the information in the Secondary Admissions Guide. 

If your child is due to transfer to a secondary or upper school you can:

  • Apply for a place online using the 'Apply now' button above (available until 31 October 2015 for secondary and upper school applications or 15 January 2016 for starting school and junior or middle school applications). 
  • Download an application form 

 Please note: You can also use the Apply for a school transfer online  link to check the outcome of your application on the outcome day of 1 March 2016.

Please see our helpful guide to making an online application on the right hand side of this page.

Published admissions numbers
Every school has a legal Published Admission Number (PAN) applicable to the year of entry, which is the maximum number of places available in the year group concerned. The Published Admission Number is set to maximise parental preference within the resources available and to ensure that there are sufficient school places across the local area.

The Admission Numbers for September 2016 admissions are shown in the school/academy Information table in pages 29 to 31 of the Secondary Admissions Guide.

If a school is under-subscribed, places can be offered to all applicants. If a school is over-subscribed, the over-subscription criteria for that school is applied to determine which children can be offered places. Different over-subscription criteria will apply, depending on the type of school:

  • For Community and Voluntary Controlled (VC) schools, the Local Authority over-subscription criteria will apply. 
  • For Voluntary Aided, Academies, Free Schools and Foundation schools, the Governing Body or Academy Trust will apply their own published over-subscription criteria.  

 Unfortunately, at some schools, there will not be enough places for all the children whose parents would like them to go there. When all places have been allocated up to the Published Admission Number, the Admission Authority may refuse any further requests and offer the legal right of appeal. Please visit the page Appeal against a school admissions decision for fmore information. 

You can find more information on the over-subscription criteria for all Somerset schools in the Secondary Admissions Guide.

When will I get my outcome? 
If you apply online by the deadline of 31 October you will receive an email with the outcome of your application on 1 March 2016. If you apply using a paper application form your outcome will be sent out second class post on 1 March 2016. Outcomes will not be given out over the phone or in person at the Council offices.

If we know about your child, and he/she is eligible to transfer schools in September 2016, we will have sent you a letter and a flyer explaining how to make your application. On your letter is a UID (Unique Identification Number) which you can use to pre-populate your child's details on the online form. Don't worry if you  have not received a letter, just follow the instructions below:

  • Download a copy of the secondary admissions guide from the right hand side of this page. The guide has lots of information on all you need to know about applying for your child's school place, then; 
  • Apply for a place online by using the 'Apply now' button above, pressing the No UID button when prompted.  

Please ensure you fully complete the applicant details section of the application form including supplying a phone number. School Transport use a texting service to notify parents of changes to transport arrangements and require accurate and up to date details.

Carefully consider the following when making your school place application
We would strongly advise that you carefully consider the following when making your school place application.

  • It is strongly advised you put three school preferences on your form especially if you live in an urban area. You are not given a higher priority for any school by stating it as your only preference and may be more likely to be allocated a school you have not chosen. This could also be some distance from your home address. 
  • Places are allocated using the 'Equal Preference with Ranking' method. This means all preferences are considered equally and a place is offered at the highest preference possible. 
  • If you wish to be considered for your catchment school you must include it as one of your preferences. You can check your school catchment area on a map. The map is a representation of the catchment areas and cannot be relied upon for purchasing a property. If you are considering purchasing a property or if you live near a school border then please contact us. 
  • There are no guarantees that siblings will be allocated the same school when the school is over-subscribed so you are advised to put other preferences, especially if you live outside the catchment area. 
  • Carefully read the over-subscription criteria for the schools you have chosen. For all VC and Community schools, this can be found on page 20 of the Secondary Admissions Booklet. For all other schools the criteria are included against each school in the table in pages 21 to 25 of the Secondary Admissions Booklet. 
  • If your preferred school(s) requires a Supplementary Information Form (SIF) or further proof (for example, proof of regular church attendance), it is essential that this is sent in with your application form if you would like your child to be considered under the appropriate criterion. All SIFs can be found on the relevant school website. 
  • If you have recently moved address or are due to move please provide proof of your new address. 
  • You will be responsible for transporting your child to any school you name as a preference unless you have a statutory entitlement or qualify for discretionary transport under exceptional circumstances.

Fraudulent School Place Applications        
We welcome information regarding potentially fraudulent and/or intentionally misleading school place applications. If preferred, this information can be submitted anonymously.


Contact: Admissions and Entitlements Team
Address: County Hall, Taunton, Somerset, TA1 4DY
Contact no: 0300 123 2224
Fax: 01823 356113
Opening Hours: Monday to Thursday 8:30am to 5pm, Friday: 8:30am to 4:30pm, Saturday and Sunday closed.

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