In-Year School Admission Procedures

  • Applying for a school place/transfer to a Knowsley primary school

  • Applying for a school place/transfer to a Knowsley secondary school

An in-year admission is when a request is made for a place at a school or a transfer from one school to another outside of the typical points of admission. 

Before applying for a school transfer, parents/carers are strongly recommended to discuss any issues of concern with your child’s current school -  changing schools is not always the best way forward; parents/carers need to think about the advantages and disadvantages of moving.


Families moving into the area

If you are moving into the local area and wish to apply for a place for your child/ren in a Knowsley school, wherever possible, you are advised to make your application at least 4 to 6 weeks in advance of your move taking place to allow time for your application to be processed. this is particularly important if the move means that your child/ren cannot continue to attend their current school due to distance.

It is advisable to check the likely availability of school places with the school or Knowsley School Admissions as some schools may be fully subscribed in some year groups and will not be able to offer a place for your child/ren. There is no guarantee that siblings will be placed in the same school.

Please note: 
  • If your child has an Education Health Care Plan (EHCP) and you are considering requesting a school transfer, you should contact your local authority SEN officer before making any request for transfer. 
  • The local authority will not normally pay additional costs of transport or uniform associated with an in-year transfer.
  • In-year applications are not be processed during school holiday periods.
  • To apply for a school outside of Knowsley, please contact the relevant local authority.

Primary School In-Year Admission (Reception - Year 6)

The primary in-year transfer application form and procedures can be found below.  

Completed applications should be returned directly to the Knowsley primary school you are applying to. The school will then notify you of the outcome of your application. 

Knowsley school admissions team can also assist with general enquiries relating to primary in-year transfer applications.


Secondary School In-Year Admission (Years 7-11)

The Local Authority coordinate requests for in-year admission to Knowsley secondary schools.

The secondary in-year transfer application form and procedures can be found below.  

Completed applications should be returned to Knowsley School Admissions Team who can also assist with general enquiries relating to in-year transfer applications.


Who to contact

Write to or make an appointment to visit:

Knowsley Council
School Admissions
Education Improvement Team
PO Box 21
Municipal Buildings
Archway Road
L36 9YU


Telephone contacts:
Primary & secondary school admissions – 0151 443 5142/5143
In Year Admissions – 0151 443 3372/3373