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Find out about Merton Community School waiting lists, how to stay on a waiting list when it closes each term, and how to check your place on a waiting list.
If your child's name is on a waiting list for a faith school, an academy, a free school, or a school in another borough, the waiting list arrangements will be different, and you should contact the school directly to find out how their waiting list works.
Merton school waiting lists close each term. If your child is on a waiting list you must complete the online renewal form each term if you want your child's name to stay on the list.
Please note that the arrangements detailed on this page relate to Merton community schools only. If your child's name is on a waiting list for a faith school, an academy, a free school, or a school in another borough, the waiting list arrangements will be different. You will need to contact these schools directly in order to confirm what you need to do to keep your child's name on the waiting list.
Transfer to Secondary and Reception applicants are automatically placed on the waiting list of any school named higher than the school offered until 31 December 2021.
Check your waiting list position
If your child is already on a waiting list for a Merton community school, please use your application reference number to find out where they are placed on the waiting list:
Please note that Church Schools, Academies and schools in other boroughs will not show in the checker
We will contact you as soon as we are able to offer your child a place or to discuss alternative options if we cannot offer a preferred school. If you are waiting to hear about a transfer and you already have a local school, your child should continue to attend their previous school until an offer is made elsewhere.
Please be aware that School Admissions does not hold waiting list information for Church Schools, Academies, Free Schools or schools in other boroughs and you will not be given waiting list information for those schools.
Waiting lists are held in order of the admissions criteria and so you can do down the list as up. If we receive an application from a child who lives closer or meets a higher criteria than you, they can be placed above you on the waiting list.
Renew your place on a waiting list
If your child is already on a waiting list you must complete the online renewal form each term if you want your child's name to stay on the list.
When to renew your place
The renewal form is available for a month up to the waiting list closing date each term. The timetable is detailed below.
Renewal form is available from 1 March to 31 March.
Waiting lists close on 31 March.
Renewal form is available from 1 July to 31 July.
Waiting lists close on 31 July.
Renewal form is available from 1 December to 31 December.
Waiting lists close on 31 December.
What happens after you submit the renewal form
You will receive an email confirming that your request has been received and will be processed. The email will confirm that School Admissions will contact you if there are any queries regarding your request. The email will also confirm when you will need to submit a new request if a place cannot be offered.
If you don't renew your place
After the waiting list closes, the names of any children where the parent has not written in will be removed. If at a later date you decide that you would still like your child to be considered for the school for which their name was on the waiting list, it will be necessary for you to complete a new transfer form.
How waiting lists work
Joining a waiting list
If you are not yet on a waiting list but are considering a change of school for your child, you can request a transfer.
Your position on the waiting list
Waiting lists are held in order of the admissions criteria for the school - these are the same criteria used when a school is oversubscribed and they are ranked for offers.
This means that any new application is added to the list based on the same criteria so you can go down the list as well as up. If someone is added to the list who lives closer or who meets a higher criteria, they will be placed above you on the list. Further information about the admission criteria can be found on the relevant pages of our website:
If you have applied for Nursery, Reception or Secondary School as part of a main round you are automatically included on the lists as advised in your outcome and on the round pages as linked above.
If a vacancy arises at a school, the place will be offered to the child whose name is first on the waiting list at that time. If this is your child, School Admissions will contact you with further details. You may be asked to arrange for your child's current school to complete a transfer form as part of this process.
If you have any questions please contact:
School Admissions Team