In-year school transfers

An in-year transfer is when a child moves from one school to another during the academic year because:

  • you move house, either within or into Liverpool.
  • you want your child to change schools for other reasons.

How to apply

Transferring from one Liverpool school to another Liverpool school

If you wish to move your child from one Liverpool school to another Liverpool school please speak to your child's current school.

They will liaise with the school you are hoping to transfer your child to.

Use our school search to find contact details for schools in Liverpool.

New to the city or transferring from another local authority school

If you are moving to Liverpool or you want to move your child to a Liverpool school from another local authority, apply online below.

You should also follow this process if you have elected to home educate but you now want your child to attend a Liverpool school.

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Apply online

How long will it take?

Under the School Admissions Code we must request background reports on a child’s attendance, attainment and behaviour from their current or previous school.

This means that the minimum processing time for an application is 20 school days. We do not process transfer requests during the school holidays due to schools being closed.  Please bear this in mind before you call for an update on your application status.

We do chase applications on a weekly basis where the schools do not respond to the local authority within the stated timeframe.

If your child is in year groups 10 and 11

Year groups 10 and 11 are very important in a child's education and transferring your child may not be the best option.

If you are moving into Liverpool and you can't keep your child in their current school, you should apply for a transfer as soon as possible.

If your child is in a local school please discuss the reasons for the transfer with your current headteacher - we will contact your child's current school to make sure this discussion has taken place. Things to consider include:

  • Availability of places in the school you wish your child to attend.
  • The options available to your child may not be the same as in their current school.
  • The option groups for the courses your child is studying may be full.
  • The examination boards that the school uses may not be the same as those used at their current school.

If you can't match the options your child is currently studying, transferring them at this stage may significantly reduce their chances of gaining qualifications. Please discuss this with the headteacher at your current school and only proceed with the application if absolutely necessary.

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