Apply to move school

How to apply

If you are moving house, you can apply for a school place before you move.

You can apply for any school in Lincolnshire except Lincoln University Technical College (UTC). You must apply on the UTC website.

The application will be based on your current address unless you are members of the UK armed forces or returning crown servants, where different rules apply.

You should contact the schools listed on your application to update your reserve list position once you have moved if your application is unsuccessful.

We will advise you the outcome of your application within 15 school days. If none of the schools on your application can offer and you do not have a school within a reasonable distance of your home address, then we will look for the closest school with spaces for you.

This will be done within 15 days of you arriving in the county, or in advance of a move for a forces child.

You need to ensure that your moving date is correct on your application and contact us if that changes before a place is offered.

You need to make sure that you include your child's current school information on your application form so we can see if your child is already attending a school within a reasonable distance of home. If you do not include this, it may delay your application.

A reasonable distance is:

  • 10 miles for secondary (or three closest Lincolnshire schools if there are not three schools within 10 miles)
  • five miles for primary

This does not include grammar schools.

Service Personnel and crown servants

You can apply for a school place in advance of a forces move. In most cases, this will be based on your current address unless you have a posting. If you have a posting a future address can be used.

If you do not have a future address yet, you can apply using your unit postal address. You can also use this rather than your future address if you prefer.

You can apply within the usual deadline for Reception, Year 3 or Year 7. At any other time, you can apply six weeks in advance.

We will follow the schools admissions policy when considering your address. You must send us proof of your posting.

We will ask the schools you apply for if they wish to offer you a place, even if they are full. They will comply with their policy when making this decision.

If no schools you list can offer a place, we will offer you a place at the closest school to your new address with spaces available in advance of your move if you have a posting order. If you do not have a posting order, this will be done when you arrive.

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Apply to move school