Late applications and making changes to your application

 

 

If you live in Knowsley and have a child who is of age to start reception class at primary school or transfer to year 7 of secondary school in September 2023, and you have not yet applied for a place, you should complete an application as soon as possible.

Please access the online portal here

If you are not able to make an online application, please contact the school admissions team and you will be advised how to make a late/change of preference application.

Please note: if you live in another authority area but would like to apply for a place in a Knowsley school, you must contact your home authority who will co-ordinate your late/change application.
Some schools also require a supplementary form to be completed – more information can be found on the supplementary information forms page.
 
Only where the admission authority accepts there are exceptional circumstances will late / change of preference applications normally be considered in the initial allocation.  It is the responsibility of the parent to email [email protected] explaining the exceptional reasons for the late application / change of preference and to provide supporting documentation wherever possible. The deadline for exceptional circumstance consideration will be 27 January 2023 for secondary applications and 17 March 2023 for primary applications.
 
Where there are no substantial or exceptional reason for a request to change preference, parents/carers can change their preferences by withdrawing the original application and then making a new application - this can be done online via the application portal.  This new application will be considered as a late application, therefore parents/carers must ensure they are aware of how late applications are treated.
 

Other changes of circumstances

It is the responsibility of the parent/carer to make sure the information on their application is correct and up-to-date. If you do not confirm a change, this may affect how your application is considered and you could miss out on a place at a school of preference or risk having a place withdrawn if it has been offered on the basis of information that is incorrect.
 
If the change is in relation to information provided on a supplementary information form, the applicant should contact the individual school directly to discuss making a change to the form.
 
If you are unsure about what is a relevant change please contact Knowsley School Admissions for advice and please be aware, in some cases, you may be asked to provide evidence of the change. 

Change of preference

After national offer day, if you wish to make a revised application by naming different school preferences, you can do so.
Any new application will replace your original application, so you should carefully consider what schools you name on your new application and the order you place them in.  If you wish to remain on any waiting list/s or appeal for schools where your child has been refused a place, you should rename these schools within your revised 3 preferences – see example below.
 

Original application New application
Pref 1: School A
Pref 2: School B
Pref 3: School C

Child on waiting list for Schools A&B, offered School C.

Pref 1: School A
Pref 2: School X
Pref 3: 

Child will remain on waiting list for School A, will be removed from waiting list for School B and reallocated school X instead of School C.
 


Any school offer currently held will not be removed unless a new school offer is being made.

If you have been refused all 3 of your original school preferences and offered an alternative school by the local authority, you can request for your child to be placed in a different Knowsley School that has vacancies. In this circumstance you should email [email protected] stating that you wish to change your alternative offer and identifying the school with vacancies that you would prefer.

Secondary school transfer – Year 7

  • The online application portal may be briefly closed immediately prior to national offer day when initial allocations are being completed but will open again from 1 March.
  • Late/changed applications submitted after 1 March naming Knowsley schools as preference will not be processed until after 15 March 2023. All applications received during this period will be considered together and applicants will be advised of the outcome of their late/changed application as soon as possible after this date. 
  • After 15 March 2022, further late/changed applications will be processed as received and outcomes issued as soon as possible and typically within 10 working days.
  • Late/changed applications from Knowsley residents naming schools in other authority areas will be sent to the relevant authority as soon as is practicable and Knowsley will be informed of outcomes in accordance with the late processing timeframes of that authority.
 

Primary school admission – reception classes

  • The online application portal may be briefly closed immediately prior to national offer day when initial allocations are being completed but will open again from 17 April.
  • Late/changed applications submitted after 17 April naming Knowsley schools as preference will not be processed after 1 May 2023. All applications received during this period will be considered together and applicants will be advised of the outcome of their late/changed application as soon as possible after this date.
  • After 1 May 2023, further late/changed applications will be processed as received and outcomes issued as soon as possible and typically within 10 working days.
  • Late/changed applications from Knowsley residents naming schools in other authority areas will be sent to the relevant authority as soon as is practicable and Knowsley will be informed of outcomes in accordance with the late processing timeframes of that authority.
 

Who to contact 

Email: [email protected]

Telephone Contacts:
 
Primary & Secondary school admissions – 0151 443 5142/5143
In Year Admissions – 0151 443 3372.
 
Write to:
Knowsley Council
School Admissions
Education Improvement Team
PO Box 21
Municipal Buildings
Archway Road
Huyton
Knowsley
L36 9YU
 

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