School Admissions

Frequently Asked Questions for this Service

Question: I have been refused a place at one or more schools and need to speak to someone about what to do next.

Answer: All the information about why your child was refused a place is included with the letter. This explains about how to appeal against the refusal(s) and how to have your child’s name added to the waiting list(s).

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Question: When can I find out what position my child is on the waiting list for a school?

Answer: For the new intake waiting lists will be established on 18 March - please ring the school admissions team after this date.
The school admissions team will be able to tell parents throughout the year where their child is on the waiting list.


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Question: At what age can my child start primary school?

Answer: By law, every child has to receive full-time education from the beginning of the term following his or her fifth birthday. However, your child can start primary school in September provided their fourth birthday is on or before 31 August. - Related Link

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Question: Do I need to re-apply each academic year for free school meals?

Answer: A review on all current claims is carried out in the summer holidays (July/August) each year. The entitlement to free school meals will continue onto the next academic year unless the claimant receives a letter from us in the summer holidays, requesting further evidence to support their claim.
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Question: Are Free School Meals Cards provided by the Isle of Wight Council?

Answer: Free School Meal cards are no longer issued by School Admissions, although some schools may issue these themselves.



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Question: Do I need to re-apply for free school meals if my child moves from primary to secondary or secondary to 6th form in the new academic year?

Answer: If a child is transferring in September to another school/site (i.e. Primary to Secondary School or Medina College to Island Innovation VI College) then they will continue to receive free school meals unless the claimant receives a letter from us in the summer holidays, requesting further evidence to support their claim.
New starters at the Isle of Wight College 6th Form will be able to apply for a 14 - 19 Bursary (forms available from the College), as the IW College do not use the free school meals system. - Related Link

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Question: I have received my child’s school place offer; do I need to accept in writing?

Answer: You will only need to respond in writing to the offer of a school place if this is requested with the paperwork you receive.

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Question: I am moving to the Island in the near future. How do I apply for a school place for my child/ren during the school year?

Answer: Under the new Inter Authority Admissions process - you need to apply via your current Local Authority. They will then make contact with the Isle of Wight and act as correspondent on your behalf.

This only applies to people living in England - if you live in Scotland, Wales or Ireland you need to apply direct to us.

For further information relating to school admissions and schools on the Island please visit our website.
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Question: How can I find out which schools have vacancies?

Answer: Primary - all enquiries made directly to the School Admissions team
Secondary - all enquiries made directly to the school, in the first instance.

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Question: Do you require evidence of my house move?

Answer: No - your application will be processed on the address provided on the application form.

If you know the address you will be moving to on the Island please provide this, along with the date you are expecting to take up residency. This will ensure that your application is processed in accordance with the School Admissions Code.


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Question: What options do I have if my child wasn't accepted to their first choice school?

Answer: There are two options available; you can either appeal the decision, appeals to be received 20 school days after the issue of the offer letters. You will be notified in writing a minimum of 10 days before of the date of your hearing. Alternatively your child can go on the appropriate waiting list. If the first choice is an Aided or Academy School, then you will need to write to the schools asking to be put on the waiting list. All other lists for the remaining Isle of Wight Schools are updated automatically.

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Question: Do Primary and Secondary Schools on the Isle of Wight have priority / catchment areas?

Answer: Primary and Secondary schools on the Isle of Wight do not have priority / catchment areas. Parents/guardians are able to apply for a place at the nearest primary or secondary school to their home address for their child.

If you are unsure of your nearest school please contact school admissions direct and they will be able to inform you.

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Question: I live on the Island and I want my child to attend a different school. How do I arrange this?

Answer: You can apply online at www.iwight.com/schooladmissions to move your child to another island school. Once on this page click on the 'Do it online' tab and complete the form called 'In Year School Placement Application Form.' On-line application forms must be completed by the parent / guardian of the child for whom they are applying.

If you cannot apply online you can request a form to be sent in the post. Please call 01983 823455 or alternatively email school.admissions@iow.gov.uk to request this.
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Question: Why has the admission number for a particular school changed?

Answer: Please refer your question in writing to school.admissions@iow.gov.uk.

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Question: I am moving off the Island in the near future. How do I apply for a school place for my child during the school year in another Authority?

Answer: Under the new Inter Authority Admissions process - You need to apply via school admissions on the Isle of Wight.

We will send you the appropriate application form/s which you must complete. Along with the completed form you need to include an additional note stating your new address on the mainland and the date you are moving to the address stated, send this to:
School Admissions,
County Hall,
Newport,
Isle of Wight,
PO30 1UD.

Or you can apply on line by using the link below - once on this page click on the 'Do it online' tab and complete the form called 'In Year School Placement Application Form.' On-line application forms must be completed by the parent / guardian of the child for whom they are applying.

We will then make contact with the local authority you are moving to and act as correspondent on your behalf.
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Question: My child was awarded a place at the first preference school, but I now want to change it, what should I do?

Answer: Please put your reasons for wanting a different school in writing to School Admissions and include the name(s) of the schools you would like your child to be considered for in order of preference. You can also e-mail your request to school.admissions@iow.gov.uk. Any changes to an application already submitted to School Admissions must be made in writing.

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Question: How do I apply for a place when my child is due to start at primary school?

Answer: We send letters to pre-schools and primary schools for distribution during the autumn term prior to the September that your child can start school or you can complete an online application form at www.iwight.com/schooladmissions. The closing time and date will be stated in the letter.

On-line application forms must be completed by the parent/guardian of the child for whom the application is made. Any additional evidence to support the application must be forwarded to School Admissions as soon as the application is submitted e.g. medical, looked after child documents. These must also be received by the closing date.

If you are unsure what to do, would like to request an application pack to be sent to your home address or would like further advice contact the:
School Admissions Office
County Hall
Newport
Isle of Wight PO30 1UD
telephone: (01983) 823455
e-mail school.admissions@iow.gov.uk

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Question: On National Offer Day am able to collect my allocation letter from County Hall?

Answer: A duplicate letter can be printed which parents/guardians will be able to collect from County Hall on National Offer Day.
To enable this to happen, please email school.admissions@iow.gov.uk stating you would like to collect a duplicate letter from County Hall on National Offer Day, you will be informed what time this will be ready to be collected by return of email. Only the parent/guardian who has their name listed on the application can pick up the letter, you must bring with you evidence that you are the child's parent / guardian (i.e. birth certificate, residency order for the child and photo ID for the parent/guardian.)
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Question: How is distance from home to school measured for transport purposes?

Answer: For admissions purposes, a pupils nearest school is calculated by direct distance, which is a straight line from the centre of the home address to the centre of the school. Home to School Transport is assessed on whether they are attending their nearest school (direct distance or walking route) and whether the shortest walking route is over the qualifying distance. For further information on qualifying distances please refer to the Home to School Transport Policy. - Related Link

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Question: I have not yet received my letter telling me which school my child can attend in September 2018. Can I speak to someone in School Admissions to find out over the phone?

Answer: Because of data protection, we cannot give out information over the phone.
Secondary School applications - If you do not receive your letter by 9 March, please contact us and we will post a duplicate out to you.
Primary School applications - If you do not receive your letter by 24 April, please contact and we will post a duplicate out to you.

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Question: When will I receive a letter telling me which school my child can attend in September 2018?

Answer: Letters to parents of year 6 pupils transferring to year 7 in September 2018 will be posted by 2nd class post on 1 March 2018. (If you applied on-line you will receive an e-mail on 1 March 2018 which will be followed up by a letter giving full details)
Letters to parents of pupils starting primary school in September 2018 will be posted 2nd class on 16 April 2018. (If you applied on-line you will receive an e-mail on 16 April 2018 followed up by a letter giving full details)


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Question: Isle of Wight Studio School - How do I apply for a place in Year 10 for September 2018?

Answer: The Isle of Wight Studio School opened September 2014 in East Cowes and further information is available on their website at www.iowstudioschool.co.uk. Applications are being taken from current Year 9 pupils who will move up to Year 10 in September 2018.

Please contact the Isle of Wight Studio School direct on 01983 284299 if you would like to make an application. The Isle of Wight Council do not manage the application process for places at the Isle of Wight Studio School. - Related Link

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