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.

Tuesday 1 September 2020 - Apply from this date at www.lancashire.gov.uk/schools (Please remember to press the ‘submit’ button every time you leave the online system)

Saturday 31 October 2020 - 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.

Monday 1 March 2021 - Offers issued to parents*

Friday 12 March 2021 -  Deadline for requesting:

  • an appeal
  • a place on the reserve (waiting) list(s)

Week commencing 15 March 2021 -  Distribute appeal forms to parents

Friday 26 March 2021 - 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 25 June 2021 - 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.

The closing date for applications is Saturday 31 October 2020.

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Apply online for a school place

Apply online

The deadline to apply for a secondary school place for September 2021 is 31 October 2020.

Any applications received after the deadline will be classed as late.