Apply for an in-year school place

If you need a school place for your child during the current school year (September to July), you will need to complete the in-year application form. You may need an immediate school place because you would like your child to change schools or you have moved to Harrow during the school year.

Information on how to apply for an in-year school place with details of school admission arrangements for each school can be viewed in our:

Applications from families arriving from abroad, including the EU

In most cases, children arriving from overseas have the right to attend schools in England. It is the responsibility of parents to check whether their child has a right, under their visa entry conditions, to study at a school before submitting an application. 

View more information about applications for families arriving from abroad on the Government website

Applications for faith school places

To apply for a place at a faith school you will also need to complete a Supplementary Information Form in addition to the application form. Find out more about faith schools.

Changing your school preferences

If you have already submitted an in-year application for the current academic year and want to make changes to your school preferences, please do not submit a new form. Instead please email to confirm the changes to your application.


To submit an application for an in-year primary or secondary school place follow the information below:

Apply for an in-year school place

Receiving the outcome of your application

If a place is available at the school you would like your child to attend, you will be sent a letter offering you a school place. You will need to contact the school to accept the offer within 5 days. If we are unable to offer you a place at one of your preferred schools and you live in Harrow, we will offer you a place at the nearest school with a vacancy.

School waiting lists 

If your child is not offered a place at schools of your preference, their name will be automatically added to the waiting list and you do not need to request this. This will be for all the schools which you ranked at a higher preference than the school where you received an offer. Waiting lists are ranked in the priority given in the admissions arrangements. Places are offered from the waiting lists as they become available throughout the year. View detailed information about school waiting lists.