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Starting School Mid Term

By: Jack Claridge - Updated: 11 Dec 2017 | comments*Discuss
 
School Transfer Child Children Mid Term

Sometimes unforeseen circumstances come into play that can make it impossible for our children to remain at the same school all the way through their education.

Any number of reasons can attribute to this eventuality taking place. It may be that you as the child’s parent have been offered a job and moving to another area is necessary to facilitate that job. Or perhaps there are family issues to take into consideration – after all – it is not unheard of for the family unit to break down and one parent will move to another area taking the child or children with them.

Or perhaps it is simply a case that you feel your child is not receiving the standard of education you require for them at the school they are currently at? This can happen.We also must touch on the other reason – which a lot of parents might like to ignore – and that is perhaps your child is the unfortunate victim of bullying. Although many schools do not suffer from this most unpleasant of behaviour in the schooling system it does happen and must be taken seriously.

Whatever the reason for making the decision to remove your child from school mid term and place them at another school it is a decision that cannot be – or should not be – taken lightly.

Reasons For Moving Your Child

If your child is having difficulties you should first make contact with your child’s current head or senior teachers and discuss these difficulties with them. It may be that they are struggling to keep up with the work set or the curriculum as a whole and therefore moving them to another school may not make all that much difference and simply cause further problems with the upheaval.

Your child’s head teacher and/or senior teachers will be only too happy to meet with you and talk through any issues you have concerning their level of schooling. In instances like this it can bring to the fore a requirement for some special needs education. You can find out more on this topic in our article relating to Special Needs Education

It can sometimes be overlooked that your child may require Special Needs education and in some cases it may be the case that they are having difficulty interacting with other pupils and teachers or are suffering from a behavioural disorder. Although no parent likes to think of this as a scenario it is worth checking with their school before doing anything rash.

Moving Your Child In Year 10 and 11

Moving your child in Year 10 or 11 can be particularly problematic as it is sometimes unlikely that their GCSE course can be matched at a different school so if moving your child you must check with both the school they are at and the school you wish them to transfer to that they can offer that subject and to the same level or higher.

Of course if you are simply moving home and staying within the same catchment area your child is perfectly entitled to remain at the school they currently attend, providing suitable transport arrangements are made.

If they are currently the recipient of free travel to and from school this may be affected if the move takes them outside a particular area where free transport is either limited or indeed not available at all. This facilitates problems in getting your child to and from school and can also have a financial implication if travel has to be paid for on a daily basis.

Before Moving Your Child

If after everything has been taken into consideration and a move during mid-term is necessary the first thing you should do is contact the school or schools you have selected as suitable alternatives. This is, first and foremost, to ensure that they have a place available for your child. If they do have a place available the head teacher in conjunction with the head of year group should be able to help with the transition and make the process as stress free as possible.

Again it is worth going through the process of selecting more than one school just in case your first choice does not have a place free. Don’t forget if a school has limited places and you try to enrol your child mid-term you may be unsuccessful.

Your local education authority – or the LEA of the district you are moving to – can provide you with information of schools that do have places available.

In conclusion although it can be a difficult time it doesn’t have to be too difficult if you plan ahead.

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Hai i am 15years old i had moved from india to uk at my midterm of 10th standard. So i didnt complete my 10th standard. According to my age i need to join for 11th gcse.But i am not getting admissions here as they are telling the term had alreadt started.i cannot waste my education time. And i also appealed for a admission in a school they told there is no placement. I have no idea what to do. Can anyone help me?m
Ammu - 11-Dec-17 @ 11:09 AM
Hi, my son is going to reception at the moment. He is autistic. So he receive one to one support at his school. Now we are thinking of moving because my husband works in different city. We are thinking of moving in together. Is it possible to move my so to different school in a different city in midterm? If yes what the procedure will be?
Mira - 11-Oct-17 @ 2:54 PM
I'm hoping to move from Wales to England during the summer holidays this year due to difficult personal circumstances. My daughter is currently in year 8. My problem is that her school is introducing a change to the GCSE'S which will mean the children will be choosing their options in year 8 to start in year 9 rather than year 10! I don't know how this will affect her joining a new school when she'll already have chosen her options. Also when do pupils in England choose their options? Thanks in advance for any advice.
Dippy - 17-Mar-17 @ 11:15 AM
Bins - Your Question:
My son has been offered a place at a grammar school. But we have just found out that we might have to relocate for employment reasons.Will I be able to apply for a transfer to a different grammar school which will be near us.

Our Response:
I'm afraid the fact he has passed his 11+ at one school, it doesn't guarantee him a place at another. Much also depends on whether the alternative school is over-subscribed. It would be easier for your son to gain a place at an under-subscribed school than an under-subscribed one - but as we know it is rare that our grammar school have spare school places. You would have to check with your new LEA directly.
GetTheRightSchool - 3-Mar-17 @ 10:28 AM
My son has been offered a place at a grammar school . But we have just found out that we might have to relocate for employment reasons. Will I be able to apply for a transfer to a different grammar school which will be near us.
Bins - 2-Mar-17 @ 6:49 AM
Typicalstudent - Your Question:
I have been student from an all boys school for 3 years now, over time I have lost many friends and since the last 7 months I have been bullied by my former friends/classmate. I have spent one term in year 10 and have already started my gcses, I want to move school since the bullying is beginning to detriment my learning and affecting my self confidence and also that any action the school takes only worsens it. Is it in my best interest to move or stay and try to fix the (very large) bullying problem?

Our Response:
I am sorry to hear you are going through this. However, once you begin your GCSEs then moving schools becomes more difficult as schools do not like to move children mid-GCSEs as it causes academic disruption. Within secondary education, schools may not complete topics/teaching subjects in the same order, therefore what ever new school you moved to you would a) have to adjust and b) catch up. This means your school head will be reluctant to allow you make these changes. Your only option is to ask your parents/guardians to speak further to your head about it affecting your studying. Your school will have an anti-bullying policy in place and will continue to take the matter seriously and deal with the issues affecting you. I can only suggest you keep pushing ahead trying to resolve the issues by attempting to communicate with those people around you who care, as there still may be other ways to stop the bullying happening.
GetTheRightSchool - 19-Jan-17 @ 11:51 AM
I have been student from an all boys school for 3 years now, over time I have lost many friends and since the last 7 months I have been bullied by my former friends/classmate. I have spent one term in year 10 and have already started my gcses, I want to move school since the bullying is beginning to detriment my learning and affecting my self confidence and also that any action the school takes only worsens it. Is it in my best interest to move or stay and try to fix the (very large) bullying problem?
Typicalstudent - 18-Jan-17 @ 3:41 PM
Me and my daughter are moving in to a new area and she should be in reception how do I go about making an application for a place at a school I'm new to all of this and don't have a clue where to start ??
Levridgee - 14-Oct-16 @ 2:01 PM
Nic - Your Question:
My daughter is in year 10 and has been being bullied for the last 18 months. We been into school she's been seen by the school councillors but she's no better with going to school. She's now suffering for migraines, anixty and being referred to CAMHS. Do I change her schools or does she just need to ride it out? Her grades are starting to suffer too now.

Our Response:
It depends on your daughter and her personality. Moving schools is not always the answer when helping to deal with bullying. It may just transfer the problem if she is prone to being bullied or if she has a sensitive nature, as some children deal with bullying easier than others. Please see Family Lives link here for more help and information regarding your question.
GetTheRightSchool - 2-Dec-15 @ 2:49 PM
My daughter is in year 10 and has been being bullied for the last 18 months. We been into school she's been seen by the school councillors but she's no better with going to school. She's now suffering for migraines, anixty and being referred to CAMHS. Do I change her schools or does she just need to ride it out? Her grades are starting to suffer too now.
Nic - 2-Dec-15 @ 8:48 AM
My daughter has been bullied in her school. she's a very unsettled year 11 student and needs to move. Her pancreatitis conditions has settled now.
Bally - 29-Sep-15 @ 10:43 PM
hi how would i get my child into school in kent we are moveing back to the uk in august next year and would stay with my brother she will be in grade 2 but there school year in sa finishes in december could she go to grade 3 in september in the uk or would she have to redo year 2. thanks brandon
brandon - 26-Jul-15 @ 7:05 PM
hello.great site, thanks. i am torn. we are English and tried life in Australia where our 5year old started school.we have to move back to UK next month and I am nervous our son will have to drop a year to start in Sept. overall it won't matter cos he HAS to go to school and starting at the first year won't really harm him (will it?). also I need suggestions to get him in to the school near my mother in law where we will be living at first. I have the form from the council for applying for a place outside of the normal application dates. just nervous about if he has to go to school later than the others, should I try arrange home schooling? so much to think about..thanks for any tips
JayWeave - 17-Jul-15 @ 4:19 AM
@SaraW - sorry to hear this and I'm sure this will be something which will affect many children currently. You can of course appeal, which is also can be rather an emotional time, if your son is already upset and there of course, is no guarantee of success. Did the school give any reason? I know the school has to follow the correct admission procedure and you may be successful with an appeal if the decision to refuse your child a place wasn't 'reasonable'.
Cara - 6-Mar-15 @ 10:47 AM
We moved home beginning of July and my son was wait listed for a new school I really wanted him to go to. Found out yesterday they have a space for him but he really wants to finish year 2 with his current school. He is devastated and very angry. If we don't take the space now, I am afraid we the space will fill up and he won't get in for another 6 months! I hate seeing him so distress and worried that he will act out at the new school. How can I help him go through this?
SaraW - 3-Mar-15 @ 5:58 AM
@Sai - Yes, state schools in Wales are being follow the Welsh pathway, with both English state and independent schools have a different route. I think in this case you would need to seek advice from the local educational authority on how best to make the transition.
GetTheRightSchool - 18-Feb-15 @ 11:18 AM
Hello I'm supposed to move move to Wales from Bristol are the exam bordes different? My child is half way through year 10 already what would you suggest to make it easier on my child?
Sai - 16-Feb-15 @ 11:58 AM
I am recently relocated fron INDIA to UK, Leeds for a long term job assignment and want my 7 years daughter to join me. As my daughter is studying in grade 2 (2nd Class) in INDIA I am looking for an equivalent standards for the same in India. Further I also wants to be educated on how the admission process works here in UK. Kind request for your help to educate me on the admission process. Thanks, Santosh K Joshi
Santosh - 29-May-14 @ 2:18 AM
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