Deadline approaching for secondary school applications

Date published: 19 October 2019

The 31 October deadline for secondary school applications is fast approaching.

If your child was born between 1 September 2008 and 31 August 2009 you will need to apply for a place at a secondary school (year 7) for September 2020.

Councillor Kieran Heakin, cabinet member for children’s services, said: “School applications are a hugely exciting moment for parents as their child grows and flourishes. I know parents are eager for this moment, so it is vital they submit their applications by the deadline. I would really encourage people to use all four preferences; putting only one preference will not guarantee a place at that school.”

The council's online application system is open 24 hours a day seven days a week and can be accessed via smartphone, PC or tablet. Changes can be made to applications until the deadline and parents can also track progress, meaning instant updates and notifications will be sent via email.

Applicants should be aware that:

  • Four school preferences should always be given as allocations are based on demand and the number of places available
  • The chances of obtaining a place at any school does not increase if you only select one preference or choose the same school four times
  • If only one preference is stated and it cannot be offered, the council will allocate a place for your child at the next nearest school with spaces available
  •  Preferences as less likely to be met if applications are received after the closing date so please submit your secondary school application before 31 October 2019 and primary school applications before 15 January 2020.

The council’s online system is easy to use, but for those that need assistance then helpful library staff will be on hand to help across the borough.  

Alternatively, you can call 0300 303 0340 with any questions.

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