Transferring schools for reasons other than a house move Click to get info
It is extremely important that a child has continuity in their education. For this reason, we strongly discourages unnecessary transfers between schools.
If your child is already attending a school, but you feel that a move would be in their best interests, you should discuss your reasons for this with your child’s current school. It is important that you try to resolve any difficulties by working with the school, rather than requesting a transfer.
You will need to provide your reasons for requesting a change of school and set out what you have done to try to resolve the issues with the current school.
Children benefit from continuity in their education. We strongly discourage unnecessary transfers between schools. If you still want to apply for a school transfer, please complete the in-year application form.
Transfers from home education or alternative educational provision Click to get info
If your child is being educated at home and you now wish them to be considered for a mainstream school, you should complete the in-year application form.
Children attending alternative education provision who are ready to attend a mainstream school are normally placed through Waltham Forest’s Fair Access Protocol. This ensures that the amount of time any child is out of school is kept to a minimum.
Waiting lists Click to get info
We will write to you with the outcome of your application. If your child is not offered a place at your preferred school you have the option of going on a waiting list. To do this, you must return the reply slip attached to your letter and indicate which schools you'd like to be placed on the waiting list for.
In-year waiting lists are only open for the academic year in which you apply. They close on 30 June. If your child is on a waiting list and has not been offered a place at your preferred school by the end of June, you must reapply from 1 July. This will ensure they are considered for your preferred school in the new academic year. All applications received from 1 July will be considered for the new academic year in September.
Contact Click to get info
School Admissions (postal address only)
Waltham Forest Town Hall
Phone: 020 8496 3000
School Admissions (appointment service)
1 Farnham Avenue
We are open, by appointment only, at The Magistrates every Monday from 9.30am to 16.30pm and Wednesday 1.30pm to 4.30pm
Opening times are subject to change due to the demand and peaks on the timeline.
To make an appointment, please phone 0208 496 3000 or email firstname.lastname@example.org