Key dates for secondary school places

Key dates when applying for a secondary school place.

Key dates for secondary school places. Read from left to right.
Date Event
Monday 9 September 2019
  • Secondary school applications open for September 2020.
  • Opportunity for parents/carers to start visiting schools.
Thursday 31 October 2019
  • Closing date for all secondary school applications¬†at 11.59pm
  • In case of technical issues we strongly recommend you apply online and not delay your application until the last minute. If you choose to apply on a paper form, it is your responsibility to ensure the form arrives before the national closing date.
Friday 29 November 2019
  • Closing date for out of time applications made after the application deadline.
  • Closing date for receipt of evidence regarding a request to change preferences due to a genuine unforeseeable reason.
  • Closing date for receipt of evidence for house movers.
Monday 2 March 2020
  • Offer day -¬†on-time online applicants notified which school their child has been offered by email.
  • Other applicants will be sent a letter by second class post.
Monday 30 March 2020 onwards
  • Late applications received on or after 30 November 2019 are processed and offers made.
  • Waiting lists will be established and places offered if they become available.
April to July 2020
  • Independent appeal panel meetings held every Thursday.
September 2020
Last updated:
7 January 2020
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