Before you apply
Parents or carers can apply for a mid-year place at any time.
There is no guarantee that a place will be available at your preferred school.
You do not need to apply for a mid-year place if your child will:
- start primary or infant school (reception year)
- start Year 3 at junior school
- start Year 7 at secondary school
- start Year 10 at Lincoln University Technical College
When starting school in these years there is a separate process to apply for a school place.
You must check if your child is eligible for free or post-16 school transport.
Please read the relevant guide:
You can use our directory to find out more about a school:
If your child is unhappy, discuss this with your child’s headteacher first. Only make a midyear application if you are sure the issue cannot be resolved.
If your child has special educational needs and disabilities (SEND) and you need further advice, email [email protected] or call 0800 195 1635.
If you are thinking of moving schools because your child is at risk of being excluded, email [email protected]
How to apply
If you are moving house, you can apply for a school place before you move.
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.
If it is not possible to offer any of your preferred schools, we have 15 school days to offer you a school place. If the application is due to a move, we have 15 school days after you arrive in the county to allocate you a school place.
You need to ensure that your moving date is correct on your application and contact us if that changes before a place is offered.
If you already have an offer you should contact the school to inform them. A place can be held for six school weeks.
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.
A reasonable distance is 15 miles for secondary and five miles for primary.
Service Personnel and crown servants
You can apply for a school place in advance of a forces move.
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.
If none of them 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 possible.
Contact the admissions team for more information:
Email [email protected].
Collect a mid-year school offer
We will confirm your mid-year application by email or post and it will be processed within 15 school days. This can take longer if your named schools are full.
Your offer will not give a start date but you will be told when you must contact the school.
When we cannot offer a school you have named:
- if you live in Lincolnshire, and your child is not on a school roll, you will be offered the nearest school that has a place.
- if you are moving to Lincolnshire and have provided a date of the move within the next six weeks and intended address, we will source an alternative school place within 15 days of your arrival.
- if you live in Lincolnshire but already have a suitable school place, we will not make a new offer.
- if you do not live in Lincolnshire or have not provided a move date or new address we will not make a new offer until you provide this information.
School places for vulnerable children
We must provide for school-age children who face problems with getting a place outside the normal admissions round. This includes:
- children from the criminal justice system or pupil referral units who need to return to mainstream education
- children who have been out of education for two months or more
- children of Gypsies, Roma, Travellers, refugees and asylum seekers
- children who are homeless
- children with family backgrounds for whom a place has not been sought
- children who are carers
- children with special educational needs, disabilities or medical conditions, but without a statement or Education, Health and Care Plan
For more advice, see the fair access protocol.
Parents of vulnerable children or critical workers who wish for advice about attending school can contact [email protected] or 07717880678.