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Starting secondary school - age 11

Starting and applying for secondary school - age 11

National Offer Day

Monday 1 March 2021 is National Offer Day for secondary schools. To discuss the results of your child's application please email the team quoting your child's name and date of birth for reference. Our team email is schooladmissions@wokingham.gov.uk.

To formally accept or decline the school offered to your child log into your Citizen's Portal Account.

If you have not applied using our Portal please use our school place offer acceptance form.

If you have not achieved a place at a preferred school and wish to learn about the appeal procedure visit our school admissions and exclusions appeals website page.

Applying Late

Need to submit a late secondary school application? Please download one of the application forms below, complete it, and return it to schooladmissions@wokingham.gov.uk

Complete our:

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.  

Please note that the open evenings and school tours/visits may not be taking place as planned and as outlined in the Parents Guide.  Please check the school website for the latest information.

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 - 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.

Read our parents guide to starting secondary school (PDF document) for more details. 

Schools performance

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


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 websites below:

If you applied online on Wokingham's Citizen Portal


Allocation information cannot be given out over the phone.

On 1 March 2021 you'll be able to see which school place you've been offered by logging into the schools application system on the logging into the online school admissions website.

Emails will be sent out on 1 March 2021. If you opted not to receive an email, a letter will be posted to you on 1 March 2021.

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 2021.

Accepting the place

Go to the accept or decline a school place web page to accept or decline the place you've been offered.

You'll need to accept or decline by 15 March 2021.

If you are not happy with the place offered, we recommend that you accept the place and remain on the waiting list for higher preferred schools - doing so does not change your chance of gaining a place and you still have the right of appeal. Any requests for changes have to be made in writing.

Waiting lists

If your child is not offered your first preferred school, they are automatically added to the waiting list for higher preferred Wokingham Borough schools. If we can offer a place from a waiting list, we will remove the offered place and allocate the higher preferred school - we will not contact you in advance of this. 

Waiting list information is not available until after 15 March 2021.


If you haven't been offered the school you wanted, you can appeal the decision. Appeals have to be submitted by 30 March 2021.

Go to the school appeals page to find out more.

How places are allocated

To find out about how school places are allocated, see our parents guide to starting secondary school (PDF document). You may also wish to look at our secondary school allocation summary 2020 (PDF document) for details on how places were allocated during our most recent National Offer Day.

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 2020: Online admissions opens
  • 31 October 2020: Closing date for applications
  • 15 January 2021: Deadline for providing evidence to meet application criteria
  • 1 March 2021: Offers of school places are sent out
  • 15 March 2021: Deadline to accept offer the of a school place 
  • 15 March 2021: Waiting list information is made available
  • 30 March 2021: Closing date for receipt of appeals to be heard together

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