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Applying to start secondary school

Information about applying for a secondary school place, including how to apply, deciding which schools to apply for, admissions criteria and more.
Things to remember
Watch a video about the important things to remember when you're applying for a secondary school place.
Important dates
Important dates for the admission process for children starting secondary school in September 2019.
Sign up for email alerts
Get free date reminders, information and advice about applying for a 2020 secondary school place.
Admissions criteria
Find out what the admissions criteria are at schools across the borough.
Supplementary information forms
See which secondary schools need you to complete their supplementary information form as well as naming the school on your application.
Deciding which secondary schools to apply for
Find out how to decide which secondary schools to apply for.
Before you apply
Important actions to take before you apply for a secondary school place.
How to apply for secondary schools
Read our step-by-step guide to applying for a secondary school place.
Offers of places
Find out how to accept or appeal an offer of a secondary school place for your child.
Applying after the closing date
Find out what to do it you miss the closing date for secondary school place applications, move into the borough after the closing date or change address.
Secondary school admission appeals
Find out how to appeal if your child isn’t offered a school you applied for.
Transfer to secondary school 2019 – national offer day
Find information about what to do next following your child’s offer of a place at a secondary school.
Last year's application and appeals rates
See the application and appeal numbers for 2018. Applications for admission in September 2019 are likely to be different.