After you get your school offer


Applications for primary and junior school are now open. You must apply by:

  • Primary and junior schools – 15 January 2022

The closing date for applying for secondary school was 31 October 2021.

If you did not apply on time you will need to make a late application urgently. We consider late applications after on time applications.

1. Overview

Letting you know

We will send a decision letter on the national offer day.

  • Secondary schools: 1 March 2022
  • Infant, primary or junior schools: 19 April 2022

The letter has all the information you need to accept your offer, or to go on a waiting list or appeal.

If you applied online, you will get an email with a link to your decision letter.
If you applied on paper, we will send your decision letter by first class post.

Accepting the place allocated for September 2022

The allocated school will contact you. If you do not hear from them within 10 school days please contact the school directly.

We recommend you accept the place allocated. This will not affect your statutory right of appeal nor any request for your child’s name to be put on a waiting list for another school. If you turn down the place at the allocated school, we may not be able to reinstate this if you change your mind and we have no duty to offer an alternative school. This may result in your child being without a school place

Find out why an application may have been unsuccessful

To help you understand the 2022 intake, we will give details on this page about the number of preferences stated for each school. This information will appear on this page on National Offer Day (see below for when this is):

Primary and Junior schools including infant schools

Information will be published here on 19 April 2022.

Secondary schools

Information will be published here on 1 March 2022.

View data from previous years.

Waiting lists

Your child can join a waiting list for any school listed on your original application.

How to join a waiting list

We are responsible for the waiting lists for local authority controlled schools and manage the waiting list for the following academies:

Primary: Breakwater Academy; Burfield Academy; Churchwood Primary Academy; Dudley Infant Academy; Hawkes Farm Academy; High Cliff Academy; Hollington Primary Academy; Phoenix Academy; Robsack Wood Primary Academy; Silverdale Primary Academy; The Baird Primary Academy; West St Leonards Primary Academy; White House Academy.

Secondary: The Hastings Academy; The St Leonards Academy; The Causeway

For all other own admissions authority schools, please contact the school direct.

To join a waiting list please email your child’s name, date of birth, address, relevant siblings and the name(s) of the schools whose waiting list you wish to join to in year waiting list - for all in-year applications.

How waiting lists work

Waiting lists are based on a school’s admissions criteria, not on a ‘first come, first served’ basis. This means a child’s place on a list can go up or down if other children join or leave the list.

If a place becomes available for your child, you will be notified in writing. During term time you will be given 10 school days to accept or refuse the place offered.

If you wish to withdraw from a waiting list at any time, you must do so in writing to the Admissions and Transport team.

Staying on waiting lists

You need to renew the request each term to keep your child on a waiting list. If you don’t renew we’ll remove your child’s name. For local authority controlled schools and the academies listed above, please send an email to in year waiting list giving us your child’s name and reminding us of the school(s) in question. For all other schools contact the school directly.

Example (for schools controlled by East Sussex County Council): Jack, who lives outside a school’s community area, joins their waiting list in January. Jenny lives inside the school’s community area and joins the waiting list in February. A place becomes available in March. This will be offered to Jenny first as she has a higher priority according to the Admissions rules.

Request a change of allocated school for September 2022

If your preferred school(s) are full for entry in September 2022, we can look into changing your child’s allocated school provided the alternative school did not turn down any on-time applications. It is not possible to express a new preference for a school not listed on your application until 1 September 2022.

The schools available for change of allocation requests will be published on the national offer dates.


If you did not get the school place you wanted, you may want to appeal. Our guidance notes explain what you need to consider:

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