How to apply
Applications for September 2018 start
Children born between 1 September 2006 and 31 August 2007 are due to start year seven at secondary school in September 2018.
Use the eAdmissions website from 1 September to apply online for your child's secondary school place.
You can name up to six schools in your application including academy or free schools and schools in other council areas.
The closing date for applications is 31 October 2017.
When making your application in eAdmissions you should:
- Complete a separate application for each child if you are applying for twins or triplets.
- Tell us in your application if your child has a brother or sister (sibling) attending your preferred school(s) in September 2018.
Things to check:
- Certain schools need additional information to apply their admissions criteria and may require you to also complete a Supplementary Information Form. For example, schools that prioritise applications by faith. If you are applying for this type of school, please check the school's website for further information and to download a Supplementary Information Form.
- If your child has a Statement of Special Education Needs (SEN) or an Education, Health and Care Plan (EHCP), you don't need to complete the application - see our information about Special Educational Needs.
Be fully informed before you apply
Read our admissions brochure before you apply. If you have any difficulty completing your application, please contact the School Admissions Team.
Applying for an in-year place
If you're not applying for a year seven place in September 2018 you should read Apply for a secondary school (during the school year).
The government has recently instructed all local authorities to inform parents and carers of all pupils in Year 9 about schools that are within travelling distance of the local authority area that admit pupils at the beginning of Year 10.
The government wants parents and carers to be well informed about all the options available for children of this age.
This does not mean that parents have to move their child to another school after Year 9. For the great majority of children, the school they are already attending will remain the most appropriate place for them to continue their education.
Schools which admit pupils in Year 10 are called University Technical Colleges (UTCs) or Studio Schools.
UTCs are set up by universities and business and specialise in 1 or 2 technical subjects. In Years 10 and 11 they offer a similar GCSE curriculum to a typical secondary school, including English and Maths, as well as their specialist subject.
Studio schools are similar to UTCs in that they have employer involvement in the curriculum and focus on developing skills needed for employment, involving personal coaching and work experience. They have a similar curriculum to a typical secondary school.