Apply to transfer school

Please note school moves can be disruptive to your child’s education and should be a last resort. 

If you have moved into the area or moved home within Hartlepool, you can apply to transfer schools during the school year, this is called an "in year transfer".  Please ensure you have discussed your intentions with your child’s Headteacher first and asked the Headteacher to sign the transfer form if you decide to go ahead, before submitting the request to the Admissions Team.

 

SCHOOL PLACES

Some schools will already be full and may only have occasional vacancies.  Any information you receive about availability of places is only valid at the time of enquiry, as we are unable to hold places.  For school vacancy information, please contact the Admissions Team on 01429 284368 or e-mail admissionsteam@hartlepool.gov.uk.

If a school has a vacancy when you enquire, you may not be offered that place if the vacancy is filled by an earlier applicant, or the school has a waiting list in operation. 

Further information on Hartlepool schools can be found in the following booklet:

With the new Education Inspection Framework coming into force in September 2019, Ofsted are changing the way they inspect and report on schools.  Further information for parents, on how these changes will affect them, can be found at https://www.gov.uk/government/news/ofsted-is-changing-how-it-inspects-schools

 

MAKING AN APPLICATION

You can list up to 3 schools in order of preference.   

Click on the link below to download the application form, or contact the Admissions Team on 01429 284368 to request a paper application form: 

 

CHILDREN WITH SPECIAL EDUCATION NEEDS

If you child has an Education, Health and Care (EHC) Plan, please contact the Special Educational Needs Team on 01429 284143, or e-mail sen@hartlepool.gov.uk.  The Admissions Team only deal with mainstream school applications.

 

ADDRESS OF UK SERVICE PERSONNEL AND CROWN SERVANTS

If you are employed as UK service personnel or crown servant, please provide an official letter from one of the following:

  • Ministry of Defence (MOD)
  • Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO)
  • Government Communications Headquarters (GCHQ) 

The letter must give your relocation date and a unit postal / quartering address in Hartlepool, which will allow your application to be processed in advance of your move and a school place offered (as long as it is within a reasonable time).

 

IF YOU HAVE MOVED TO THE UK

 You must supply one of the following:

 · Your passport and your child’s passport

· VISA or Home Office documents confirming your status

 

 CHILDREN FROM NON-EEA COUNTRIES

 The following children are not entitled, by immigration law, to enter the country to attend a state-funded school:

 · Children from non-EEA countries who are here as short-term visitors - these are children who live abroad but have been admitted to the UK for a short visit (for example as tourists or to visit relatives)

 · Children from non-EEA countries who have entered the country on a Tier 4 visa - these children are allowed to study in England on the basis that they attend an independent, fee-paying school listed in the register of Tier 4 licensed sponsors

 If you believe your child belongs to either of the above categories, please contact the Home Office website for guidance: www.gov.uk

 

HOW LONG DOES THE PROCESS TAKE?

2-3 school weeks, although this may be longer during busy periods and school holidays.

 

APPEALING A DECISION

If your child cannot be offered a place you will be informed of your right of appeal and waiting list options.  Waiting lists are ordered in accordance with the school's published admission criteria and there is no guarantee a place will become available via a waiting list.

 

FAIR ACCESS PROTOCOL

We are required by law to operate a Fair Access Protocol for children without a school place, to ensure that ‘vulnerable’ or ‘hard to place’ children can quickly access school places and that all schools admit a fair share of these pupils, who for a variety of reasons need more support. If you require further information, please contact the Admissions Team on 01429 284368.

 

CONTACT US

Should you require further assistance in relation to a school transfer, please contact the Admissions Team on 01429 284368, or email admissionsteam@hartlepool.gov.uk