Secondary school applications

    Applying on time

    Every year we strongly encourage parents and carers to apply on time for secondary school places for their children. Applying on time gives a far greater chance of securing a place at a preferred school. Unfortunately late applications can only be considered once all on time applications are processed and so parents and carers applying late will not receive an outcome until several weeks after national offer day.

    We anticipate that by the end of March, any places that have become available after offers were made on 1 March 2022 will be re-allocated to children on the waiting list together with late applications received. Waiting lists are collated in over-subscription priority order and places are allocated accordingly in line with the over-subscription criteria. Any written requests to be placed on a school’s waiting list and further late applications received after 1 March 2022 will be actioned in date order at a later stage.

    Late applications and late changes

    Applications received after the closing date of 31 October 2021 will be considered after all on time applications, unless the Local Authority considers that there are good reasons for the application being late, which must be stated at the time of application, i.e. exceptional medical reasons preventing an earlier application.

    Supporting documentation must be provided. This includes any changes made after the closing date to an on time application. Where supporting documentation has been received by 10 December 2021 and the Authority has accepted reasons stated for a late application or late change, the application will be considered as if it had been received by the closing date. There are no exceptions to this timeframe.

    Application forms, supporting documentation and changes received after the 10 December 2021 will be considered after all on-time applications even where the Authority accepts that there are good reasons for the late application as the allocation of school places will have begun.

    Where late applications are received for places at aided schools, free schools or academies in the borough, the Local Authority will notify the admission authority that the application has been received late.

    Parents and carers are responsible for notifying the Authority of the reasons for a late application. Any applications received after the closing date of 31 October 2021 that do not provide reasons for consideration by the Authority will be treated as late applications and considered after all on-time applications.

    How will my application be considered?

    Once an application is received by the Local Authority, a process will be applied:

    • Details on the application will be checked against any data already held by the Local authority. If we find a discrepancy between the data stated on the application and the data held verification may be required. If you indicate that there is a sibling already attending the preferred school on your application and the address we hold for the sibling is different to the address stated on the application, a ‘sibling’ criteria will not be assigned. Ensure that the school holds the most up to date information to avoid any complications.
    • Preferences received for Aided Schools, Academies and Free Schools will be forwarded to the relevant admission authority together with any additional information for their consideration
    • Preferences for other English Local Authority Schools will be forwarded to the relevant authority for their consideration
    • A criteria is assigned for each preference by the relevant admission authority based on the information stated on your application. Please see Section 3 for the oversubscription criteria for each school. Please note the policy may have changed from previous years.

    What happens if I need to amend my application?

    Once your application has been downloaded by the admission team, you cannot make any changes to your application using the parent portal.

    If your circumstances change and you need to amend your application you will need to contact the admissions team.

    School preference changes can be made providing you have contacted us before the closing date of 31 October 2021 stating your reasons for your change of preferences.

    When will I know the outcome of my application?

    Offers for secondary school places will be posted out on the 1 March 2022 to those parents/carers who have applied using a paper application.

    If you applied online you will receive your offer by email and you can log on to your account to view the school place offered on 1 March 2022

    Date of late application: Outcome by:
    Between 1 November 2021 and 28 February 2022 1 May 2022
    Between 1 March 2022 and 31 March 2022 1 June 2022
    Between 1 April 2022 and 30 April 2022 1 July 2022
    Between 1 May 2022 and 31 May 2022 1 August 2022
    Between 1 June 2022 and 30 June 2022 15 August 2022
    Between 1 July 2022 and 31 July 2022 31 August 2022

    Any applications or changes received after 1 August 2022 will be processed as soon as possible or forwarded to the schools to consider on their return.

    Voluntary (church aided) school applications

    If you name a church aided schools as a preference they may request written confirmation of religious commitment, e.g. by means of a letter of support from a church minister or for admission to Catholic schools, evidence of baptism.