About school waiting lists
If you have applied for a community 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 community secondary schools are called reallocation pools because they work differently to primary school waiting lists.
Brighton Aldridge Community Academy, Portslade Aldridge Community Academy, Cardinal Newman Catholic School and Kings school 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 from July onwards.
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.
View our school application guides for more information.