Late applications and change of preference

Late applications

The online application facility will remain open for late applications after the national closing date (31 October 2020 for secondary school transfer and 15 January 2021 for primary school).

Parents/carers need to be aware that making a late application could result in missing out on a school place and are strongly advised to apply on time.
Applications received after the closing date 
Applications naming Knowsley schools as preferences that are received after the closing date but before the initial allocation will be included where practicable. However, this will be dependent on the volume of late applications received therefore parents/carers have no guarantee that any application submitted after the closing date will be included in the initial allocation.
Applications received after the allocation process has begun

Late applications received after the initial allocation process has begun will not normally be considered by Knowsley schools until the initial allocation process is complete. Only where the admission authority accepts there are exceptional circumstances - for example a family moving into the area - will late applications normally be considered in the initial round. However, this is subject to practicalities and applicants should note that if the application is received at a very late stage in the process, it may not be possible to include. 
If parents/carers believe that there are exceptional circumstances for the application being submitted late, it is their responsibility to state this and they should email explaining the exceptional reasons for the late application and provide supporting documentation wherever possible.

Making changes to your application

Change of school preference/s
Up to the closing date, online applicants can make changes to school preferences by logging back into their account via the portal and make the change directly then resubmitting the application.  
Those who have applied by paper will need to contact the school admissions team directly to request a change.
Change of preference after the closing date
A change of preference after the closing date will normally only be accepted if there are substantial reasons, e.g. a house move to another area. Applicants should contact Knowsley school admissions by email stating the reasons why a change is being requested and should provide satisfactory evidence of the change of circumstances resulting in a change of preference request, e.g. proof of exchange of contracts to confirm a house move.
Where there are no relevant substantial reasons for the request to change preference, parents/carers can change their preferences by withdrawing the original application - this can be done online via the application portal - and then making a new application.This new application will be considered as a late application, therefore parents/carers must ensure they are aware of how late applications are treated (see above).
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. 



Secondary & Primary school admissions – (0151) 443 5142/5143
In Year Admissions – (0151) 443 3372/3373
Write to:
Knowsley Council
School Admissions
Education Improvement Team
PO Box 21
Municipal Buildings
Archway Road
L36 9YU