Applying for schools in 2018

The application process for secondary schools (including upper schools & university technical colleges) is now open.

Whether your child is due to start primary or move on to junior, middle, secondary, upper or university technical college next year, make sure you apply for a place in good time.

The easiest way to apply for a school place for September 2018 is to visit and complete the online application form.

If you apply online, you can:

-       Amend your application at any time up to the closing date

-       Access your school offer before allocation letters are received

-       Accept your school allocation online.

Last year, 99 per cent of parents applied this way and found the system quick, easy and secure.

The secondary transfer process (including applications to upper schools or university technology colleges) opens on Friday 1 September 2017.

Leaflets explaining the secondary and upper process will be distributed to families through their child’s primary, junior or middle school at the beginning of September.

The closing date for applications is 31 October 2017. It is vital that parents make their applications on time.

A quick and easy way of obtaining all the information you need about the secondary transfer process is by going to

Parents without internet access can request a paper application form that must be returned direct to the admission and transport team. Application forms cannot be returned to primary schools.

Before making an application, parents and carers are strongly advised to visit schools and attend the information evenings to help them make their preferences. Leaflets outlining all the secondary and upper open evenings were distributed in July.

The Under 11s application process (for applications to primary, junior and middle schools) opens on 6 November 2017 and the closing date is 15 January 2018. Information will be distributed to parents and carers in early November.

Parents are advised to check for any updates to the published admission arrangements or timescales, and for advice on where to find extra help about applying for places.