Transferring school

A transfer of school isn't a decision to be taken lightly, particularly mid-way through a year. Many children can become unsettled by a change of school environment and may suffer emotionally as well as academically. Once examination options have been selected, which may be as early as Year 9, a transfer of school should be avoided because it will be difficult to match chosen options and exam boards in alternative schools.

If you're thinking about a transfer of school, you should first discuss the situation with your child and your child's tutor or Head of Year in their current school. It may be that any perceived difficulties can be resolved and schools have a number of strategies that can be put in place to help a child who may have difficulty with peers or settling into a school or who is experiencing other problems.

A change of school may only move a problem rather than resolve it. It's therefore much better to try to sort out any problems with the school before considering a transfer, particularly if your child is involved in carrying out coursework, controlled assessments or preparing for final examinations.

If you've changed address, it may be that transport difficulties are a problem. Nevertheless, you should still discuss the transfer request with your child's base school before considering a transfer to another school.

As part of the application process, the headteacher at your child's current school will always be notified of the request to change schools as they may wish to submit information to help consideration of your case. The school that you have requested in your application may be provided with an adapted copy of your application to enable ranking of your application and once an allocation has been made, the school will receive a copy of your full application.

You must discuss any transfer with the current school, preferably before applying for a transfer.

Your child's current school may advise you that a move isn't in your child's best interest and you're strongly advised to listen to the advice given by the school.

Contact us: Email inyear.admissions@plymouth.gov.uk or for further information about choosing and applying for schools call 01752 307170 or 01752 307110 for primary in-year admissions or 01752 307467 for secondary in-year admissions. School admissions staff are available from 11am to 3pm.