Apply for a secondary school place Sept 2023
How to apply
Applications for September 2023 start
Children born between 1 September 2011 and 31 August 2012 are due to start year seven at secondary school in September 2023.
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 2022
If you do not live in the borough, you need to apply through your own council and you can include Kingston schools in your application.
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.
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 2023.
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 an Education, Health and Care Plan (EHCP), you don't need to complete the application - see our information about Special Educational Needs.
- How secondary school places were allocated in the last three years
Applying for a place at any other time of the year (In Year application)
If you're not applying for a year seven place in September 2023 you should read Changing schools in-year.
The government has 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.