Last updated:
1 November 2017

Secondary school places

Apply to start Year 7 at secondary school in September 2018.

1 Before you apply

This information only applies if you want to apply for your child to start year 7 at secondary school in September 2018 as they are in year 6 at a primary or junior school.

If your child needs a school place in a different year group or at another point in the year, you need to apply to move schools.

Before applying for your child's secondary school place, you must read the Information for parents booklet which gives you all the information you need about the application and allocation process.

You can find out about a school by:

It is the responsibility of parents or carers to apply for a school place. You do not need to have a letter from the County Council.

2 Find your catchment area school

Use our map to find your catchment school.

Find your catchment area school

If you want your child to be considered for a place at their catchment school you must include this as one of the 3 preferences on your application.

3 Apply for a place

Applications closed on Tuesday 31 October 2017.

If you have not yet applied for a secondary school place, find out how to apply after the closing date.

Important things to remember when applying

  • You can apply for up to 3 different schools. You must rank the schools in order of preference. The first school should be the one you would most like your child to go to.
  • We advise that you use all 3 preferences and enter your catchment school as one of your preferences.
  • If you apply after the closing date you are far less likely to get a place at one of your preferred schools.
  • If you are moving house during the application process please read the Information for Parents booklet for advice.

4 Applying after the closing date

Applications closed on Tuesday 31 October 2017.

To apply now, you will need to complete an online application form which is available using the link below, or contact us for a late application form.

Online application form

Do not use this form if you want to move your child in a different year group or at another point in the year. You need to apply to move schools.

If you cannot use the online form, phone us on 0333 0142 903 for an application form.

We suggest forms are sent by recorded delivery. We are not responsible for forms lost in the post and no missing forms can be investigated without evidence. We will not acknowledge that we have received your paper form.

Applying after the closing date means that your preferences will be considered after all the preferences received on time have been allocated.

5 Offer dates

If you apply online we will email you on Thursday 1 March 2018. Emails will be sent throughout the day so we can't give you an exact time.

If you apply by post we will send your offer by second class post on Thursday 1 March 2018.

We are unable to give out information over the phone.

If you have not heard from us contact Pupil Admissions.

What happens next

If you are happy with the school place offer you do not need to do anything else.

If you are not happy with the offer, find out how to appeal and join a waiting list for a school place.

6 Secondary school leaflet (other languages)

This leaflet explains what you need to do if your child is transferring from a junior or primary school to a secondary school.

The leaflets for 2018/19 will be available shortly.

  • Secondary school leaflet - Bengali (PDF, 540KB)
  • Secondary school leaflet - French (PDF, 36KB)
  • Secondary school leaflet - Polish (PDF, 87KB)
  • Secondary school leaflet - Portuguese (PDF, 55KB)
  • Secondary school leaflet - Russian (PDF, 83KB)
  • Secondary school leaflet - Tamil (PDF, 99KB)

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