SEND statutory assessment and monitoring team’s application for a school place

This form is for completion by parents/carers of children with Statements of Special Educational Needs/Education, Health and Care Plans (EHCP) who are moving educational settings due to a change of phase ONLY e.g. primary to secondary school. Please do NOT complete this form if your child does not have a Statement or EHCP .

Please note that this form is used for both Primary and Secondary applications so please ensure you select the correct option within the form.

Once you have started completing this application form there is no option to save and come back to it, so you must complete in one sitting. Once this form has been submitted there is no option to change the information contained within the form; you will receive an email receipt summarising your submitted form. Please only complete this form once as subsequent submission will not be considered by the team.

Advice for parents/carers on completing the application form

  • Why do I need to complete the application form?
    By law, we must give you an opportunity to express a preference for the school you would like your child to attend and to give reasons for your preference.
  • What if I move house between submitting my application form?
    During the admissions procedure you must notify the Statutory Assessment & Monitoring Team in writing of any change of home address.
  • What happens if I do not complete the preference form?
    If you do not complete this form we will offer your child a place at his/her local catchment school or a school deemed appropriate by the Local Authority to meet your child’s needs.
  • I want a place at my local catchment area school – do I still need to complete the form expressing a preference for this school?
    Yes, you must complete this form, even if you have already completed a form provided by the school.
  • I have an older child already attending my preferred school – do I still need to complete the form?
    Yes, you must still complete the application form. Having an older child at your preferred school does not automatically guarantee you a place for your younger child.
  • If I want a place at an aided or foundation School – do I still need to return the form?
    Yes, parents’ and carers’ preferences for places at aided and foundation schools must be made on the Local Authority’s SEND application form. Consultation will take place with the relevant school if appropriate.
  • My child is going to an independent school in September – should I still complete the form?
    Even if you are applying to an independent school we still advise you to use this form to state preferences for local authority maintained schools in case your application for an independent school is unsuccessful.  If your child has already been offered a definite place at an independent school, please email the SEND Statutory Assessment & Monitoring Team, stating that this is why you are not expressing any preferences.
  • When will I know which school my child has been allocated a place at?
    Proposed Amendments of Statements of Special Educational Needs/Education Health and Care Plans will be issued in February 2018 naming the school.

If you have any further queries, please contact the team by: