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After getting a school place offer

This page relates to applicants applying for a Year 7 or Reception school place for September 2021.

If you have received an offer relating to an in-year application, please refer to your outcome letter or go to what happens after I apply to change schools.

Accepting the school place offered

If you accept the school place offered, it will not affect your position on any waiting list for a preferred school or any appeal that you may wish to make.

If we are unable to make an offer at a preferred school from a waiting list or if your appeal is not successful, accepting the school place offered will make sure your child has a school place for September 2021.

Please note that accepting a school place for a child does not guarantee a place at the same school for a younger sibling.

Refusing the school place offered

If you refuse the school place offered, you must tell School Admissions of the alternative arrangements you have made for your child’s education. 

Refusing the school place offered will not change your waiting list position and it will not advantage you in appeal.

Refusing the school place offered will result in the offer being withdrawn; this school place may then be offered to another child. Therefore, once you have refused the school place offered, there is no guarantee this place will still be available should you change your mind.

If we are unable to make an offer at a preferred school from a waiting list or if your appeal is not successful, refusing the school place offered will result in your child not having a school place for September 2021. You will be responsible for making sure your child receives education. You will be required to confirm the arrangements you have made for your child’s education with School Admissions and if no correspondence is received, your details will be passed to Education Welfare.

Please make sure you accept or refuse an offer by the given deadline.

I have not been offered my preferred schools

If we have not been able to offer your child a place at your preferred school, this is because there were more applications for the school than there were available places. Not all requests for places could be met. 

Places were allocated in line with the admissions criteria published by the relevant admission authority and your application was not ranked high enough to obtain a place.

If you listed own admissions authority schools (for example voluntary aided, academy or grammar schools) on your application and this school was listed higher than the school offered, then the governors of the school were unable to offer a place to your child as your application was not ranked high enough against their admissions criteria.

Late applicants

If we have not been able to offer your child a place at your preferred school, this is because the school has reached its admissions number from the initial round of allocations.

The admissions number is the maximum number of children that can be admitted to the year group for September 2021.

Allocation of places

For details of the number of applications received for Bracknell Forest Schools and how these were ranked against the relevant admission criteria, please visit our how places are allocated page

School waiting lists

Your child’s name will automatically be added to the waiting list for any Bracknell Forest school that you have listed higher on your application than the school place offered. 

For information on waiting lists for non-Bracknell Forest schools, you will need to contact the relevant admissions authority for that school.

Offers from the waiting lists

School Admissions cannot confirm when a school place will be offered to your child. However, if a place becomes available for your child from a waiting list you will be informed immediately. School Admissions will contact you using the contact details provided on your application. If any of the details you provided have changed please make sure you contact School Admissions to update them. 

With schools becoming increasingly oversubscribed, School Admissions need a prompt response from you regarding any waiting list offer. Parents are expected to accept the offer of a place for a higher preference school. School Admissions may give a short deadline to accept this offer and if a response is not received, the offer will be withdrawn.

It is important to note that positions on waiting lists are not fixed. Waiting lists are ranked by criteria order, not how long you’ve been on the waiting list. If applicants do not fulfil any criteria they will then be ranked by distance.

School Admissions will not make any waiting list offers until the second round of admissions. Offers can only be made once all acceptances and refusals are received.

Remaining on a school waiting list

Waiting lists for Bracknell Forest community and voluntary controlled schools will be cleared at the end of the academic year you have applied for. If you wish to be added on the waiting list for the following academic year, you must re-apply. You can do this from July 2022. This also applies to the following academy schools in Bracknell Forest

  • Edgbarrow School
  • King’s Academy Binfield (primary and secondary phase)
  • King’s Academy Oakwood
  • Great Hollands Primary School

Some academy schools within Bracknell Forest only hold a waiting list until the end of the autumn term. You should refer to the individual school’s admission arrangements for 2021 to 2022 for more information. Please check the relevant schools website for this information.

For information on waiting lists for non-Bracknell Forest schools, you will need to contact the relevant admissions authority for that school.

Appeals

You can appeal for any school listed higher than the school place offered. Visit our school admissions appeals page for more information.

For primary school admissions, please make sure you read the information provided regarding infant class size appeals.

School information

Once all the acceptances or refusals have been received School Admissions provide schools with the information for children who have been offered a school place with them.

Schools will then send information to parents. The timescales on this vary and you should contact the school offered for information.

Transport

For information on school transport, please see our school transport page.

Birth certificates

If you have not yet provided a copy of your child’s birth certificate to School Admissions, you need to do this now.

This can be scanned, or a clear readable photograph emailed to school.admissions@bracknell-forest.gov.uk.

If you've lost the birth certificate, you should accept the offer anyway. Order a new copy, and tell the Schools Admissions team what has happened. When the new birth certificate arrives, send a copy of it to the School Admissions team.

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