In Year Transfer - Change of Address (Primary)
There are many reasons for wanting to change your child’s school – most can be overcome. Below are some of the problems you may encounter and suggestions.
Please note: You are advised to read the Guidance Notes in the downloads and resources section of the page before making your application. If you are applying for a church school you must also complete the relevant additional information form from the Download and Resource section of this page.
Issues to consider when changing your child's School:
Curriculum – Subjects are delivered in many different ways and will likely be different in the new school.
Even where some subject follow the same curriculum, a subject may be taught at different times.
Your child could miss important work or waste valuable time repeating things.
Options – Moving schools can have a detrimental effect on your child’s achievements.
The options that they have worked hard on may not be available.
Friends – Making new friends can be hard.
Costs – A new uniform will be required.
Transport – Free transport is not normally provided and journey times will be longer.
Stress – Moving schools can be difficult and it will take time for them to settle in.
Information about Changing Schools
If you still wish to apply
You should also be aware that we have several church schools in Doncaster (Catholic and Church of England) which you are able to apply for. All schools are listed for selection within the application process online:-
- Hooton Pagnell All Saints C of E Primary School
- Branton St Wilfrid's C of E Primary School
- Canon Popham C of E Primary Academy
- Holy Family Catholic Primary School
- Mexborough St. John the Baptist C of E Primary School
- Our Lady of Mount Carmel Catholic Primary School
- Our Lady of Perpetual Help Catholic Primary School
- Our Lady of Sorrows Catholic Voluntary Academy
- Rossington St Michael's C of E Primary School
- St Alban's Catholic Primary School
- St Francis Xavier Catholic Primary School
- St Joseph & St Teresa's Catholic Primary School
- St Joseph's School, A Catholic Voluntary Academy
- St Mary's Catholic Primary School, Edlington
- St Oswald's C of E Academy
- St Peter's Catholic Primary School
- Tickhill St Mary's Church of England Primary and Nursery School
- Travis St Lawrence C of E Primary School
Please note most of the schools above do not have catchment areas as they give priority to pupils who live in each parish
Deferred Entry – Summer Born Children
Parents of summer born children (born between 1 April and 31 August) are currently able to request that their child defer entry to a reception class for a full academic year. When such a request is made, the admission authority, responsible for admission to the school will make a decision on the basis of the circumstances of the case and in the best interests of the child concerned, taking into account the views of the head teacher and any supporting evidence provided by the parent.
If the request is allowed, normal admission rules will apply and there is no guarantee that a place will be offered at the requested school(s).
Parents should initially make contact with the Local Authority, for community schools or directly to the requested school in all other cases setting out their request during the autumn term after their third birthday. This will ensure that they do not miss out on a place at the normal point of entry which should be made by the national closing date - 15 January.
Parents should set out their reasons for their request using the Deferred Entry Request Form and send it to the relevant admission authority. Further guidance and the form can be found at the right hand side of this page.
Proposed Changes to the Current Arrangements – Summer Born Children
Whilst the Government have stated that they intend to consult on arrangements to make this an automatic approval, no further details on this proposal or timescales have yet been published.
Children reach compulsory school age on the prescribed day following their 5th birthday (or on their fifth birthday if it falls on a prescribed day). The prescribed days are 31 August, 31 December and 31 March.
Where parents apply for admission to a reception class for a child who is not of statutory school age, and parents wish to defer entry, a child should be admitted to the class no later than the beginning of the summer term in the reception year.
Parents can request that their child attends part-time until the child reaches compulsory school age and the request will be considered where it appears to be in the best interest of the child. The request should be made directly to the school concerned once their child has been offered a place.
For further information, please contact us:
Downloads & Resources
- DfE Admisisons Advice For Parents
- Download (124KB - PDF)
- DfE Research - Summer Born Children
- Download (56KB - PDF)
- Guidance Deferred Entry For The Admission Of Summer Born Children
- Download (138KB - PDF)
- Doncaster Council Deferred Admission Request Form
- Download (230KB - PDF)
- Primary Booklet 2023
- Download (13.4MB - PDF)
- 2023-24 Additional Information Form - Catholic Primary
- Download (389KB - PDF)
- 2023-24 Additional Information Form - St Joseph and St Teresa's Catholic School
- Download (410KB - PDF)
- 2023-24 Additional Information Form - Our Lady of Perpetual Help Catholic School
- Download (408KB - PDF)
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