Secondary school admissions - key dates and deadlines

​Stage in processDateAction
Prepare and apply10 September 2020 onwards
  • Read the information on this website carefully
  • Visit schools on open evenings and read school prospectuses
  • Read schools' oversubscription admission criteria
​Deadline for applying31 October 2020 at 5pm - closing date for applications
Offers made1 March 2021
  • Offer emails sent or view your offer online (online applications only);
  • Offer letters posted to people who sent in an on time paper application.
​Next steps1 March 2021 onwards
  • We will assume you have accepted the allocated place unless you let us know otherwise (check the rules on acceptance directly with the school if you are offered a school place in another county)
  • Apply to join a waiting list by sending us an email or a letter;
  • We will not withdraw a school place solely because you are dissatisfied and decline the offer.  We must have notice that your child has a school place elsewhere.  This is because we have a duty to ensure that all children are receiving their education entitlement.
​Additional rounds of applications (late applications)

Cut off dates for applications to be included in each round:

Round 1
2 April 2021 (process starts 19 April 2021 and can take up to 4 weeks)

Round 2
14 May 2021 (process starts 1 June 2021 and can take up to 3 weeks)

Round 3
25 June 2021 (process starts 2 July 2021 and can take up to 3 weeks)

Applications received after 25 June 2021 will be processed according to our in year policy from the end of July 2021.

  • Late applications are dealt with in rounds. Each round has a cut off for applications to be included in it. The allocation process can take a number of weeks, depending on how many applications are received.
  • Emails will be sent to all late applicants who apply online. We will only inform parents of children on a waiting list if we are able to offer a place. Otherwise, their child's name will remain on the waiting list for the next round.
  • There is no need to contact us after completing a late application form - we will contact you once an offer has been made.