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.

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:

Check your waiting list position

In-year applicants must contact School Admissions on 020 8274 4906 or email for waiting list positions.

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.

You can only use this form if your child is already on the waiting list.

Renewal form

The waiting list renewal form is currently closed and will be available on 1 July 2020 for lists closing on 31 July 2020. If you have been removed from the waiting list because you did not renew interest, please contact School Admissions to make a new application. Please see the rest of this section for further information about how waiting lists operate.

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.

  • Spring term:
    Renewal form is available from 1 March to 31 March.
    Waiting lists close on 31 March.
  • Summer term:
    Renewal form is available from 1 July to 31 July.
    Waiting lists close on 31 July.
  • Autumn term:
    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:

Nursery Applications
Reception Applications
Transfer to Secondary School Applications

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.

Contact us

If you have any questions please contact:

School Admissions Team
Civic Centre