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Secondary School Places - How to Apply

Eligibility Criteria 

This information is aimed at parents with children, who in September 2015:

  • will start school for the first time in Secondary School.
  • wish to join a University Technical College in Sept 2015 (Year 10)

How to Apply

Applications can be made online using the Schools Admission Online system.

Before making an application we ask that parents and carers carefully read the Secondary Admissions Guide for the current year (please see below). This contains all the information you should need before making your application.

Applications are not dealt with on a first come first serve basis. As long as your application is received by the 31st October 2014 deadline, it will be considered along with all other 'on time' applications. If the application is received after this date it will be ‘late’ and considered after the allocation of ontime applications.

We try to make sure that as many pupils as possible are offered a place at one of their preferred schools. To maximise the chance of being allocated one of your preferred schools we recommend all parents to use all three preferences and to ensure that they apply on time.

If you require further information about using the online system, please read the Guide to Applying Online

Secondary Admissions Guide

Parents are advised to read all the information about the Secondary Admissions process below before making any application. This information, which includes a number of frequently asked questions, is intended to help parents make an informed decision about which school they wish their child to attend and how to apply for a place.

If you do not feel able to make an application online and wish to apply using a paper application form, a downloadable Secondary Application Form 2015-16 , is also available. However, please note that the Local Authority do not automatically acknowledge the receipt of paper applications.

The previous year’s guide is also available to download for your reference below; however information in this guide may have been amended and you are also advised to check the Admission Guide for the 2015-16 academic year.

Catchment Areas

These are shown in a series of maps blow. If you are unsure of the catchment area your address falls within, you can contact the Schools Admissions Team.

You are not guaranteed a place at a school if you move into a catchment area. You still need to make an application in the normal way, and it will be considered against the school’s criteria.

The previous year’s catchment maps are also available to download for your reference however, information in this guide may have been amended and you are advised to check the catchments for the 2015-16 academic year also.

When Will I Find Out What School My Child Has Been Allocated?

Secondary School and UTC allocations are published on 2nd March 2015, this is a national offer date. If you make your application online and indicate you wish to receive your notification by email, you will receive an email on this date to tell you which school your child has been allocated.

All parents will receive a letter which details the school place offered. This is sent out on 2nd March 2015 by second class post. This will include a reply slip to accept the place offered.

Further Information

If you have any questions about applying for a Secondary place please contact us.   


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