Starting secondary school (Year 7)

Children currently in Year 6 at a primary or junior school, or born between 1 September 2011 and 31 August 2012, are able to start Year 7 in a secondary school in September 2023.

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Late applications

All applications received after 23:59 on 31 October 2022 will be considered late applications and will not be processed until after the on-time applications.

Late applications are made, with limited exception, via a form on the Southampton City Council website.

Offers will be made to late applicants on the following 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 2023. 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.

2023/24 admissions

You can now read information on the process for 'mainround' admission into Year 7 for the 2023/24 academic year:

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