When applying you can rank up to three (mainstream*) schools inside or outside Suffolk (you accept transport responsibility for any school you select – find out more) and each of your preferences will be considered equally and separately. Listing second and third preferences will not affect your child’s chance of being offered their first preference. It is recommended you apply for more than one school.
A place at any school, including your catchment school, cannot be guaranteed.
Read the oversubscription criteria for each school and check if unclear. This is how applications will be ranked if there are more applications than places available.
For example if you choose 3 schools which are all oversubscribed the admissions team will offer you the next nearest school which has a place. It can therefore be helpful to include a realistic choice for at least one of your preferences.
Watch out when applying for some voluntary controlled, voluntary aided, foundation, academy or free schools as they may require a supplementary information form (SIF). Read more within the admissions web pages.
If you don’t get the school choice you wanted, you can appeal for one or more of your preferences and information about how to go about this will be in your offer letter.
*for a place at a special school you will need an EHC plan for your child. See our information about choosing and naming a school in an EHC plan.
See also our Frequently Asked Questions