About school waiting lists

If you applied for your child to move up to secondary school, and you don't get offered a place at your first preference in your school application, your child will be automatically added to the reallocation pool for that school.

Waiting lists for places at secondary schools are called reallocation pools because they work differently to primary school waiting lists.

If you applied to move to a Brighton & Hove school at any other time, you will need to contact our school admissions team if you’d like your child to be added to the reallocation pool for your preferred school.

You won’t be able to do this for Cardinal Newman Catholic School or Kings school, as they operate their own waiting lists.

If you want your child to be added to a reallocation pool for another school you listed as one of your preferences, please email the school admissions team.

You can accept a school place you've been offered, even if you want your child to be added to a reallocation pool for another school.

How reallocation pools work

A list of five rules, called admission priorities decides how children are added to the reallocation pool.

When a place becomes available at a school, an electronic system creates a random list of children's names within each admission priority. The child at the top of the list is offered the school place.

If you're offered a place

If you are offered a school place you need to accept the place within seven days or it will be offered to another child.

Staying in the reallocation pool

Your child will stay in the reallocation pool until the 31st December, or until a place becomes available at the school if this happens sooner.

To keep your child on the list you need to email the school admissions team at the end of every school term.

You can email the school admissions team if you want your child to be added to a reallocation pool for another school you listed as a school preference in your application.

If you apply late or change school preferences

If you apply late for a school place we will add your child to the reallocation pool once we've looked at your application.

If you change your school preferences and apply again for a school place we will add your child to the reallocation pool for the new school you listed as the first preference after 30 June.

How reallocation pools are managed

Reallocation pools for community schools run by the council are managed by the council's school admissions team.

Church voluntary aided, free schools and academies manage their own waiting lists or reallocation pools. To get more information, please contact these school directly.

More information

Download our school application guides for more information.