Starting secondary school
1. Important dates
The arrangements for the transfer of pupils to secondary schools in September 2021 will, as far as possible, conform to the following timetable.
Wednesday 1 September 2021 - Apply from this date
Sunday 31 October 2021 - National closing date for secondary applications (statutory).
During this period all applications are processed and all preferences are considered against the published admissions policy. Where there are more applications than places available, decisions are made as to which children should be offered the available places. We will liaise and exchange information with all other admission authorities including neighbouring local authorities. The allocation and offer of a secondary school place is finalised.
Tuesday 1 March 2022 - Offers issued to parents*
Friday 11 March 2022 - Deadline for requesting:
- an appeal
- a place on the reserve (waiting) list(s)
Week commencing 14 March 2022 - Distribute appeal forms to parents
Friday 25 March 2022 - Appeal deadline for community and voluntary controlled schools**
1st round of hearings.
For voluntary aided, foundation, free and academy schools, please check with the school directly for their deadline date.
By Friday 24 June 2022 - Appeals for community and voluntary controlled schools submitted by the deadline heard by an independent appeal panel
* If you are not happy with an initial offer the appeals period starts from your receipt of the offer. Appeal information will be issued later as this allows some time for reserve lists to operate.
**Appeals which we receive after the deadline will be slotted into the schedule where possible. We cannot guarantee this however, and late appeals may have to be heard after the agreed date at a second round of hearings. The schedule is subject to change depending upon the availability of appeal panel members, clerks, venue, etc.
Apply online for a school place
The deadline to apply for a secondary school place for September 2022 is 31 October 2021. Any applications received after the deadline will be classed as late.
To change schools during the school year please see the in-year admissions information.