Starting or Moving School (Buckinghamshire Council)
Information and advice for parents and carers from Buckinghamshire Council.
Includes Ofsted registered childminders and the schools they pick-up from, breakfast and after-school clubs and holiday schemes
Check for the school(s) closest to where you live. Make an informed decision as to which schools to apply for and how long the process will take.
Once you know what schools you want to apply for you can begin your application.
Takes approximately 20 minutes to complete. Link to the full portal.
How to apply for a primary school place, including information about moving from infant to junior school.
How to apply for a secondary school place, including information on grammar schools and the Transfer Test.
Buckinghamshire Healthcare's Children and Young People's Service, including the School Readiness team, is able to help prepare your child to start school so that they (and you) can look forward to a healthy, happy school life right from the first day.
Parents and Carers can use the School Readiness Checklist to help to focus on where you can encourage your child's school readiness. Should you feel you require some further guidance from the School Readiness Team then you or the child's class teacher or another professional can refer your child directly to our School Nursing Team.
For advice and support ahead of your child starting school in September 2020, please visit the Getting Ready for School website page.
Late Transfer is the procedure for children wishing to be considered for grammar school for entry into Year 8 or Year 9
When can I apply?
Please visit the Buckinghamshire Council Late Transfer pages for details of registration.
If you are moving into the area and wish to be considered for a place immediately then please visit our In-Year Admissions pages for further information.
Is my child guaranteed a place if they qualify?
No, even if a child qualifies after testing, there is no guarantee of a Buckinghamshire grammar school place through this process. There are more applicants than grammar school vacancies, at Late Transfer
Can I register for all Buckinghamshire grammar schools?
No, please visit our Late Transfer webpages for details on the procedure for each school, along with the Late Transfer timetable for September entry.
Can I apply for another year group?
If you require entry in Year 10 and 11 of a Buckinghamshire grammar school please contact the school direct as they do their own testing.
Will my child be entitled to free school transport?
If they are successful in securing a place, free home to school transport is ONLY provided to Buckinghamshire residents who attend their nearest school, over 3 miles from their home address.
An Admission Appeal is an opportunity for you to tell an Independent Appeal Panel (IAP) why you want your child to go to a school where you have been refused a place as they were all offered to children with a higher priority.
Appeal a school admission decision (Buckinghamshire Council)
The majority of children will start full-time education and remain within the year group appropriate to their chronological age throughout their education; however, Buckinghamshire Council recognises that a small number of children may require consideration for education provision that may better meet their needs outside of their year group.
The decision to either delay entry to school or to educate a in a year group outside of chronological age requires careful consideration of the individual circumstances of the child.
School term dates for this and next school year.
School Transport - paid for and free school transport, transport for 16 to 19-year-olds and bus stops.
Emergency Closures - This page is updated by education centres and bus contractors. If you think an education centre is showing an incorrect status please contact the school. If an education centre is shown to be closed please click on the name for further details.
Schools Library Service - The schools library service offers a comprehensive resource and advisory service to all phases of education, from pre-school to post-16.
Buckinghamshire Music Trust - Believe passionately that music is an invaluable and essential part of education for young people.
Home Tuition and Hospital Teaching Service - If a child cannot attend school due to health reasons, and their illness or injury results in them being away from school for 15 days or more, the Council is responsible for arranging education if suitable education is not otherwise being arranged.
Portage Service - Early Educational Programme supporting families with a young child who has a significant developmental delay and/or special need within their home environment.
The Virtual School - The Virtual School in Buckinghamshire is not a physical building that children attend, but is a team of education specialists who are there to ensure that Looked After Children and children who have left care are supported and achieve their full potential at school.
Waiting Lists - what you need to know
You can only go on a waiting list, if it was a higher preference than the school you were offered
You will be advised by email of your waiting list position, on 30 May and at the end of August
If you are offered a place from a waiting list we will automatically take away any place that you have already offered. We will not contact you first
Waiting lists are ordered in accordance to the admissions rules