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Starting secondary school - age 11

Starting and applying for secondary school - age 11

Applying for school place for September 2018

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Applying for school place for September 2019

Applications for September 2019 open on 11 September 2018.

Apply for a secondary school place on the Citizens Portal online school admissions website for the 2019 to 2020 school year. 

Applications need to be submitted by 31 October 2018.

Parents guide

Read the parents guide to starting secondary school (PDF document). This contains all statutory information you need to know about applying for a school place. 

When you make an application to us you can list up to 4 schools, in order of preference. 

  • Every address in the borough has at least 1 designated area school. This school is given the highest priority for admissions and we recommend you include this as one of your choices
  • You can use our schools designated areas map to find out which designated or "catchment" area you live in
  • You can view all the state schools in the borough in our directory
  • You can choose any state school, even if it isn't in our borough
  • If you want to apply to a private school you will need to apply to the school directly

Admission policies and arrangements

Every school follows a set of rules when they allocate school places known as admission arrangements.

Go to the admission arrangements 2018 - 2019 web page to find out more. 

Schools performance 

You can find out how each school is performing on our schools performance webpage.

Schools in other boroughs.

If you've selected a school in another borough, you should check to make sure if there are any extra forms you need to complete. You can find our neighbouring boroughs school admissions webpages below:

If you applied online

On 1 March 2018 you'll be able to see which school place you've been offered by logging into the schools application system on the Citizens Portal online school admissions website.

Emails will be sent out on 1 March 2018. If you opted not to receive an email, a letter will be posted to you on 1 March 2018.

If you applied using a paper form

If you applied using a paper application you'll be sent your offer letter by first class post on 1 March 2018.

Accepting the place

If you want to accept the school you've been offered, you'll need to submit a school acceptance form to us by 15 March 2018. 


If you haven't been offered the school you wanted, you can appeal the decision. Appeals have to be received by us by 30  March 2018.

Go to the school appeals page to find out more.

How places are allocated

To find out about how school places are allocated, go to our admissions arrangements webpage.

You can find out what support each school provides for children with additional needs by visiting our Local Offer webpages.

If you need childcare before or after school, you can find out if your school has a before and after school club.

You can also use a childminder. You can use our directory to find out which childminders drop off and pick up from which school.

  • 11 September 2017: Application packs sent out via primary school
  • 11 September 2017: Online admissions opens
  • 31 October 2017: Closing date for applications
  • 15 January 2018: Deadline for providing evidence to meet application criteria
  • 1 March 2018: Offers of school places are sent out
  • 15 March 2018: Deadline to accept offer the of a school place 
  • 15 March 2018: Waiting list information is made available
  • 30 March 2018: Closing date for receipt of appeals to be heard together
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