Coombe Wood School

In-Year/Mid term Applications

Mid Term Admission Arrangements 2024-25 entry

Please read the above Admissions Arrangements for In-Year/Mid term Applications and also the whole of this page

In the first instance please ensure that you have made an In-Year application via Croydon Council Admissions.

See the link to In Year admissions at Croydon Council HERE

Once you have completed your application with Croydon Council it will take a few weeks for Coombe Wood School Admissions to process. An email will then be sent to you saying that you have been added to the waiting list.

Could you please refrain from phoning or emailing concerning your child's place on the waiting list as should your child reach the top of the list and a place become available we would contact you.

Please note we always have long waiting lists due to our schools popularity.

New applications are received from Croydon Council every Monday. This means that should a new applicant live closer to Coombe Wood than yourself, they would go above you on the waiting list due to the nearest distance criteria.

Waiting List Duration

Waiting lists are held from start of new term in September till end of term in July of that academic year.

Should you wish your child to be considered for the next academic year after July end of term you will need to re-apply from around the 1st August with Croydon Council Admissions.

Due to the school being closed for the summer holidays, the new waiting lists will not be processed until September. Places will not be offered during the summer holidays, or within the first few weeks of the new September term.

Should a place become available, and your child reaches the top of the waiting list, we will contact you.

Moving school in Years 10 and 11

Parents are strongly advised that in their child’s best interests, it's never a good idea to move school once the child has embarked on a two-year GCSE course. This is because, even if a school place became available, it's unlikely that we will be able to accommodate the options the child has already opted to do at their current school.

Popular options may already be full and they may have to do options the child has no interest in. It also may not be possible to meet the combination of options requested and are likely to be following a different curriculum or could have started from a different point, and may be following a different examination board.

Parents are therefore advised to work with the current school and see through the GCSEs as their child is well settled, the teachers know the child and will get the best out of them, to minimising education disruption by not changing school during such vital school years.

Moving school due to a dispute or another reason

You should think very carefully whether moving your child to another school is the best option for your child.

Most problems parents and children have can be sorted out by talking to the child or speaking to relevant people at the school eg Tutor, Head of Year, Safeguarding Lead, or School Education Welfare Officer.

There is no guarantee that your preferred school(s) will be able to offer your child a place. You should not in their best interest remove your child from their current school before you have an offer of a place at another school.

Parents choice to move school

Parents that apply to move their child because they want them to change schools often find that when the reality of a place and changing schools arises their child does not really want to move schools. We have found that these children if then offered a place rarely settle and then find that they do not want to attend school at all. This can be quite upsetting and educationally disruptive for all concerned. It is advisable to make sure that your child is completely happy with moving schools before applying for an In-Year transfer.