In Year Transfer - No Change of Address (Primary)

Your child will not normally start until the next new term and must continue to attend their school until then.

You should discuss the reasons for your move with both the current school and new school before considering applying as they will be able to support your child rather than changing schools. They may also suggest arranging a Managed Move for your child, which is arranged directly between the two schools and does not need an application.

Please note:  You are advised to read the Guidance Notes in the downloads and resources section of the page before making your application.  

Things to Consider Before Requesting a Transfer of School

Before you apply

It is very important that you read the following before you apply.

How might changing schools affect your child?

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.

Is your child unhappy at their present school?

  • Maybe the child is unhappy because they are being bullied or fallen out with their friends?
  • Perhaps they are not getting on with a teacher at the moment?
  • Perhaps they have been in trouble and feel they cannot sort it out?
  • Perhaps they are struggling with their work?

Before applying you should:

  • Discuss any concerns you have with your child’s class or form teacher.
  • Raise any further concerns with the headteacher/principal.
  • Contact your requested school and discuss your intentions with them.
  • Discuss moving your child with an Education Welfare Officer who will give independent advice.

By talking to staff at schools many problems can be resolved quite easily.  Staff are always happy to work with parents and pupils in order to improve a child’s chances of success.

Some further issues to consider

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.


Finally you should discuss your concerns with your present school

You should discuss your concerns with your present school first, as they will be able to support your child rather than changing schools.

I have discussed my reasons for wishing to transfer with the Attendance and Pupil Welfare Service

 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.

Church Schools

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.

Delayed Entry

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.

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Last updated: 03 November 2023 11:43:02

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