Transfer to Middle school 2014
Legislation requires you to apply through your home local authority. If you live outside of Central Bedfordshireyou must contact the local authority and apply to them.
The national closing date for Transfer to Middle 2014 has now passed. All applications received following this date will be deemed late and processed in the late allocation round. The online application facility is now closed for this round, to make an application you will need to fill out a late Transfer to Middle 2014 application form.
Our information booklet Admissions in Central Bedfordshire 2014 (PDF 1.8MB) explains the process, key dates and information about how to make your application.
Make your application :
download and complete a paper Late Transfer to Middle 2014 application form (PDF 772KB)
All applications received by the School Admissions Team after the national closing date (15 January 2014) will be classed as late and not processed until the late allocation round. Late applications are not dealt with until after all the on time applications have been considered.
If you live outside Central Bedfordshire
If you live outside Central Bedfordshire and wish to apply for a place at a Central Bedfordshire school, you must apply to your own local authority. They will liaise with us to process your application and then let you know the decision of your application on the national offer day.
Even if your local authority accepts more than three preferences, please note that we only accept a maximum of three schools.
All applications we receive after 15 January 2014 will be classed as late and not processed until the late allocation round, which will take place after the national offer day for on time applications. Late applications are not dealt with until after all the on time applications have been considered. Places are not reserved at schools in the on time allocation for late catchment children or any other circumstances.
Submitting a late application significantly reduces your child’s chance of an offer of a place at one of your preferred schools.
All late applications need to be made using the paper application form as the online facility is only available for on time applications and will close at midnight on 15 January 2014.
How to make a late application
To make a late application you will need to complete the Late Transfer to Middle 2014 application form (PDF 772KB)
When will late Transfer to Middle 2014 applications be processed?
Late applications received between 16 January 2014 and 15 April 2014 will be processed in the late allocation round. The late offer day is 2 June 2014, and this is when we will write out to late applicants with the outcome of their application.
2 September 2013 Online Transfer to Middle 2014 system opens for parents/carers to apply. Paper application forms will also be available from website, schools and by contacting School Admissions
September - November 2013 Schools hold their open days/evenings (PDF 574KB) for prospective parents and children
15 January 2014 National closing date for applications to be received by School Admissions
16 January – 15 April 2014 Late applications received during these dates will be processed in the late allocation round
16 April 2014 National offer day for on time applications- decision letters will be posted out via 2nd class post and those applied online and requested email notification will receive an email with their application decision
30 April 2014 Parents/carers who are declining the place offered or wish to change their on time preferences need to have submitted a change of preference form by this date to be considered in the late allocation round
2 June 2014 Late allocation round offer day- decision letters will be posted out via 2nd class post so will arrive a few days later
During June 2014 Late applications received after 16 April will be processed during this month
As the national closing date for the Transfer to Middle 2014 round has now passed, all change of preferences and addresses received will not be processed until the late allocation round (in June 2014).
Change of Preference
If you would like to change the school preferences on your application, or the order you have listed them, you need to complete a change of preference form (PDF 323KB).
We will not accept an email/or letter as a change of preference request, you must complete a change of preference form for your application to be amended.
Making a change of preference means:
- any previous preferences will be discarded on submission of the form
- if a place can be offered at any of the new preference schools, the original offer will be automatically withdrawn
- if you want your child to stay on the waiting list(s) for school(s) at which you have been declined for, you need to include this as higher preferences on the form
Changes submitted to the School Admissions Team before the 15 January 2014 will be processed as on time, your application will be amended to reflect the changes and these will be considered in the allocation.
If you make a change to your application from 16 January 2014, these changes will not be processed until the late allocation round. Your original application will be processed in the on time allocation as normal, we will write to you with the results of the original allocation on offer day, and the application will not be amended until after this time. The late changes of preference will be processed in the late allocation rounds.
Change of address
If you move house after submitting your application it is your responsibility to inform us in writing of your new address and the exact date you moved address. It is not sufficient to put details of pending moves in the additional details section on your application form/online account.
In order for your new address to be considered in the allocation, you must have moved and informed us of this by 15 January 2014.
Changes of address which take place after the closing date, or where we have not been informed of a new address by the application closing date, will be processed using the original address. We will post your application outcome to your new address; however it will not be updated on our system until the late allocation round.
To inform us of a change of address please complete this form (PDF 323KB).
Some schools give a higher priority to children who are a practicing member of the appropriate faith or who have been baptized into that faith, than those children who have not. Some schools also include children who are a practicing member of another faith as higher priority of admission than children who are not.
Applying on religious or faith grounds is not a guarantee of a place at a school with religious criteria if the school is oversubscribed.
Church of England Schools
The following Church of England schools have religious criteria as part of the oversubscription criteria:
- Ashton Midde
- Edward Peake C Of E Middle
- Henlow Church of England Academy
- Holywell Middle
If you want to apply for any of these schools on religious or faith grounds you need to complete ask your priest, minister or faith leader to complete the Confirmation of Religious Affiliation form and return it to us.
If you are applying online you will need to download and complete a Transfer to Middle 2014 Church of England school confirmation of religious affiliation form (PDF 126KB) and send it to us by 15 January 2014.
If you are completing a paper application form, the religious declaration section is attached at the back of the form.
Applying on religious/faith grounds for a school outside of Central Bedfordshire
If you are applying for a religious school in another local authority you will need to complete the relevant supplementary form. For more information regarding this you should check the relevant local authority's website or call their School Admissions team.
Alameda Middle- Thursday 14 November 6.30-8pm
Arnold Academy- Wednesday 13 November
'School at work' 10.30am-12.30pm and 1.30pm-3pm (parents are encouraged to attend)
Open evening 5.45pm talk/6.15pm tour and 6.45pm talk/7.15pm tour
Ashton Middle- Thursday 26 September (please check with schools for times)
Barnfield Vale Academy- Wednesday 13 November 6.30-8.30pm
Biggleswade Academy (Holmemead Middle)- Wednesday 16 October
Brewers Hill Middle- Thursday 7 November 7pm, Friday 8 November 9am-3pm and Tuesday 26 November 7pm
Brooklands School- Tuesday 12 November 7-9pm, open week 18-22 November 9.30-11.30am and 1.30-3pm
Burgoyne Middle- Thursday 14 November 6-8.30pm
Caddington Village School- Thursday 14 November 5.30-8pm
Edward Peake CofE Middle School- Wednesday 20 November 6.30pm
Etonbury Academy- Wednesday 6 November 6pm for Gothic Mede and Roecroft children, 7pm for Fairfield Park and St. Mary's Church of England Academy children
Fulbrook Middle- Thursday 7 November 6.30-8.30pm
Gilbert Inglefield Academy- Thursday 14 November 7-9pm, open week 18-22 November 9.30-11.30am
Henlow Church of England Academy- Thursday 7 November 7-9pm (parents only), Wednesday 13 November 6.30-8.30pm 'School at work' (parents and children)
Holywell Middle- Thursday 7 November 6.30pm
Leighton Middle- Saturday 16 November 9.30-11.30am
Linslade School- Saturday 9 November 9.30am-12pm
Parkfield Middle- Thursday 14 November 6.30-8.30pm
Priory Academy- Wednesday 6 November 6pm
Robert Bloomfield Academy-
Monday 11 November 6pm for Campton and Haynes Lower
Monday 11 November 6.30pm for Southill and Clophill lower schools
Tuesday 12 November 6pm any other lower schools including Wilstead, Silsoe and Cotton End
Tuesday 12 November 6.30pm Gravenhurst, Stondon and Shillington lower schools
Monday 18 November 5pm-6.30pm Shefford Lower
Sandye Place Academy- Thursday 7 November 6.30pm
Streetfield Middle- Thursday 19 November 7-9pm
Woodland Academy- Thursday 21 November 5.30-8pm; talks for parents of pupils at 5.30pm Flitwick Lower, 6.15pm Kingsmoor Lower and 7pm Templefield Lower
You can download and print off a list of the open day/evening dates here (PDF 574KB)
The national offer day for on time Transfer to Middle 2014 applications is 16 April 2014.
- Parents who apply online and request email notification will have their decision emailed to them by the end of the working day.
- All on time parents will receive a letter with the outcome of their application. These are posted out via 2nd class on the 16 April 2014 and so will arrive a few days after the offer day.
- We are not able to give out information regarding offers on the telephone on 16 April 2014.
If you want to change your preferences
If you would like to change the school preferences on your application, or the order you have listed them, you need to complete a change of preference form. Changes received by 30 April 2014 will be processed in the late allocation round. If your change of preference is received after this date, it will be processed from June 2014 onwards.
If we have not been able to offer you a place at your preferred school(s), we will add your child’s name on the waiting list for the academic year. If a place becomes available we will contact the parent/carer of the child who is at the top of the waiting list and offer it to them. For waiting list arrangements for own admission authority schools (foundation, trust and voluntary aided) and academies please contact them directly.
Accepting a place at a lower preference school will not affect your child’s position on the waiting list for a higher preference school.
Waiting lists are prioritised according to the admission criteria for the individual school, not in date order of when applications are received. Your child’s position on the waiting list can move up or down if other children are added or removed.
Making a school appeal
All parents/carers have the right to appeal if they have not been offered a place at their preferred school(s). The appeal process is separate to the School Admissions Team, and is dealt with by Committee Services. At the appeal your case is decided upon by the appeals panel who are independent, trained volunteers. They are not paid and are not associated with the council or school. For information about the appeal process and guidance on how to make an appeal visit the website.