Is your child starting secondary school next year?

Parents whose children are due to start Year 7 at secondary school or Year 10 at a Key Stage 4 school in September 2017, have just four days left to express their preference of which three schools they would like their child to attend.

The deadline for secondary school and Key Stage 4 schools admission preferences is Monday 31 October and the City Council is urging parents to get their applications in on time.

To maximise the chances of being allocated a place at a preferred school, parents are advised to list three schools in their application. For secondary schools, where the Council is unable to allocate a place at one of the parent’s preferences, a place will be allocated at the nearest suitable school to the home address with a vacancy after all the preference applications have been considered.

Councillor Terri Beer, Cabinet Member for Children and Young People said: “September next year may seem a long way off but we want to make sure that the majority of our young people get their preference of secondary school so it’s really important that parents complete the admissions form as soon as possible.”

Parents are warned if they apply late there is a risk that all the places at their preferred schools will be filled by applicants who applied on time.

Last year the Council was able to match 93.16 per cent per cent of young people with their first choice of secondary school.

The easiest way to apply for a place is online through the Council’s website at where you will find full details on how to apply and how the admissions system works.

Each school/Key Stage 4 school has its own admission criteria, so it’s important to look at the information relating to specific schools in the admission guidance booklets also on the web.

You can contact the Council’s school admissions team on 01752 307469 for secondary school transfers, including Key Stage 4 and 01752 307166 for primary school transfers.