Apply for a secondary school place: step by step

Deadline: the closing date for secondary school applications is 31 October 2020.

This step-by-step process is for parents of children born between 1 September 2009 and 31 August 2010, applying to start secondary school in September 2021.

There is a different application process if your child has already started secondary school.


  1. You can find out more about schools near you using our directory, school websites, or the yearly prospectus.

  2. The documents and information you will need before you apply. 

  3. Applications for school places are made through a national service called eAdmissions.

  4. Find out more about:

    • accepting an offer
    • waiting lists
    • changing your preferences
    • appeals