Important dates – secondary school admissions

1 September 2016

Online system opens for you to apply online.

Sept / Oct 2016

Open events at schools. 

Find individual school details in the schools directory.

31 October 2016

Deadline to apply for a school place.

4 December 2016

  • Last date to submit a written explanation giving reasons why your application was late, for your application to be agreed as ‘on time’.
  • If you move house, this is the last date for you to provide evidence of your new address
    and for it to be considered ‘on time’ in the allocation process.

31 January 2017

Applications received after this date will not be offered a school place until the week of
24–28 April 2017.

1 March 2017

National allocation day

We will email you the school you've been allocated, if you applied online and confirmed your email address. The online allocation system will be updated with allocations and be made available only after allocation emails have been sent.

Notification letters will be posted first class only to parents or carers who applied on paper.

If you applied online, you can use online facilities including appeals and viewing your continuing interest position.

1 – 15 March 2017

Continuing interest lists are created.

Applicants that didn't get any higher preference schools will automatically go on the list for those schools.

Parents or carers should confirm this with schools responsible for their own admissions.

Contact the admissions team if you don't want your child to remain on continuing interest lists.

15 March 2017

Last date for accepting the place offered.

Online applicants must accept the place online.

Paper applicants should return their response form to the Admissions and Transport team.

20 – 24 March 2017

First continuing interest run.

We'll contact you with an offer of a new school place, if you're successful at this first continuing interest run.

27 March – 7 April 2017

Continuing interest applications open again. You can add new school preferences for the second continuing interest run.

31 March 2017

Last date to register an appeal.

7 April 2017

Last date to register a change of preferences or for new applications to be added for the second continuing interest run.

24 – 28 April 2017

Second (and final) continuing interest run.

We'll contact you with an offer of a new school place, if you're successful at this second continuing interest run.

26 May 2017

Last date to make a late application online.

May – August 2017

If school vacancies occur, places will be filled from remaining continuing interest lists.

2 May – 16 June 2017

School place appeals take place during this period.

End of July (date to be

To retain your continuing interest, you will need to make an in year application.

Full details available after allocation day.