Starting secondary school (Year 7)

Children currently in Year 6 at a primary or junior school, or born between 1 September 2008 and 31 August 2009, are able to start Year 7 in a secondary school in September 2021.


Applications for year 7 (secondary school) places closed at 23:59 on 31 October 2020. If you missed the deadline, you will need to make a late application.

Late secondary applications made between 1 November and 31 December will receive offers the week commencing 8 March 2021.

Late secondary applications made between 1 January and 28 February will receive offers the week commencing 10 May 2021.

Late secondary applications made between 1 March and 31 April will receive offers the week commencing 28 June 2021.

Late secondary applications made between 1 May and 31 June will receive offers the week commencing 26 July 2021.

Late secondary applications made between 1 July and 31 August will be offered on a rolling basis.


Secondary schools provide education for children between 11 and 16 years of age. The National Curriculum organises the year groups as follows:

Age School year Key stage
Between 11 and 12 7 3
Between 12 and 13 8 3
Between 13 and 14 9 3
Between 14 and 15 10 4
Between 15 and 16 11 4


An important part of this process is enabling them to get the best possible results at key stage 3 of the National Curriculum and the General Certificate of Secondary Education (GCSE) - the examination courses taken during years 10 and 11.

For main round applications, the school place offered will be for a full time place starting from 1 September 2021. Find out more about how to apply for a school place.

If you want to change schools part-way through the academic year, you will need to complete an in-year transfer application.


2022/23 academic year

You can now read information on the process for 'mainround' admission into Year 7 for the 2022/23 academic year:

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