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Starting secondary school - age 11

Starting and applying for secondary school - age 11

1 March 2019 is Secondary School Offer Day

Read the 'Which school have I been offered' tab, below, to find out how to accept or decline a school place.

Applying for school place

Applications for September 2019 opened on 11 September 2018 and closed on 31 October 2018.

To submit a late application complete one of the following application forms:

Applying for a school place for September 2020

Applications for September 2020 open on 11 September 2019.

Apply for a secondary school place on the Citizens Portal school admissions website for the 2020 to 2021 school year. 

Applications need to be submitted by 31 October 2019.

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.

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There is an error on the Summary Information Sheet which has been made available to all parents. The Holt School's admission number should read 240.

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 2019 - 2020 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 Wokingham's Citizen Portal

Allocation information cannot be given out over the phone.

On 1 March 2019 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 2019. If you opted not to receive an email, a letter will be posted to you on 1 March 2019.

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 2019.

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 2019.

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.


If you haven't been offered the school you wanted, you can appeal the decision. Appeals have to be submitted by 30 March 2019.

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 2018: Application packs sent out via primary school
  • 11 September 2018: Online admissions opens
  • 31 October 2018: Closing date for applications
  • 15 January 2019: Deadline for providing evidence to meet application criteria
  • 1 March 2019: Offers of school places are sent out
  • 15 March 2019: Deadline to accept offer the of a school place 
  • 15 March 2019: Waiting list information is made available
  • 30 March 2019: Closing date for receipt of appeals to be heard together
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