Isle of Wight Council

School Admissions

Secondary School Sept 2023

The school admissions online application round, for children starting secondary school in September 2023, is now closed

The online application process closed at midnight on Monday 31 October 2022.  You can submit a paper application form after the closing date, your application will be processed after all of those that were received by the closing date.


Before completing and submitting your application we recommended that you read Educating your Child booklet.  This will provide you with further information on the admissions process. 

We strongly recommend that you consider using all the preferences available to you when making your application. It is important that you choose your preferences wisely.

If you are unsuccessful in gaining a place at your preferred school(s), you will be allocated a place at the nearest school with space.

Please note:

  • The allocated school could be some distance away. 

  • Naming the same school more than once will not increase your chances of being offered a place at that school. 

Online Application Process

Once you have set up an account online. You can start and submit your application. Your online account will allow you to log in and view or amend your application at any time up until the closing date. Once you have submitted your application online you will receive an email. Please check that you receive the confirmation email. If you do not receive the confirmation email within 24 hours please contact us using the School Admissions Contact information (

Leading up to the closing date, emails will be sent out to remind parents/guardians to submit the online application that has been started.  You will also receive this email if you review your application and click un-submit without realising. If you receive a reminder email to submit your application prior to the closing date, please do not ignore this, you may have double clicked and inadvertently unsubmitted the application.  If you do receive the reminder to submit your application email you can log into your online account and check. Or contact School Admissions to check for you. School Admissions Contact information (


Postal Application Process

  • Download an application form.

  • Print and complete the form.

  • Return completed form to: School Admissions and Transport, County Hall, Newport, Isle of Wight, PO30 1UD.

  • If you cannot download the application form to complete. You can request a paper application form from the School Admissions and Transport service by using the details found in the School Admissions Contact information (


Additional information for Christ the King College or The Island Free School applications

If you would like your child to attend Christ the King College or The Island Free School you must also complete their supplementary information form.

The supplementary information form for Christ the King College or you can get a copy direct from the College.  

The supplementary information form for Island Free School

Once completed the supplementary information form must be returned direct to the College/School. 

Please note: that all supplementary information forms received after the closing date are considered as 'Late'. They will be processed after those that were received by the time and date stated in their Admissions Policy. Please ensure you have completed and submitted both the Local Authority Application Form and the School Supplementary Information Form. If you do not complete and submit both forms then your application will not be processed until after those who have.  

Application Closing Date

The closing date for secondary school applications is midnight on Monday 31 October 2022.

Please note: all applications and changes received after the closing date will be considered as 'Late'. They will be processed after the applications that were received by the published closing date.

What to do if  you do not require a school place for your Child

For September 2023 if your child will be:

  • home educated,

  • attending an Independent School (for example Priory School, Ryde School),

  • or you will be moving abroad,

Please email You will need to give us your child’s full name, date of birth and the education your child will be receiving for Year 7 in September 2023.

National Offer Day

National Offer Day is the day parents will be notified by the School Admissions and Transport team with an offer of a place at a secondary school. National Offer Day for Secondary school places is Wednesday 1 March 2023. 

Parents / guardians who applied online by the closing date will receive an email from the local authority on the 1 March 2023 notifying them of the school where a place has been allocated for their child. Letters will also be sent second class on this day to those parents / guardians who did not apply online and those who will be receiving additional information.

School Admissions are not able to confirm the child's allocated secondary school by telephone.

Waiting List

Waiting lists will be established on Wednesday 15 March 2023.

Further Information

Following the admissions consultation, it was approved on 8 April 2014 that priority areas were removed and that parents are able to apply for a place at the nearest secondary school to their home address.

If you are unsure of your child’s nearest secondary school, you can search for the secondary school nearest to your home address by viewing the map.

View the Home to School Transport Policy

View  the Location of Secondary Schools Map 

The last date that applications or changes to existing applications can be made prior to National Offer Day Friday 10 February 2023.  The system will then close down to enable the process for the allocation of secondary school places to take place.  

The system will reopen on Monday 6 March 2023. All new applications or changes to details on original applications will be processed from this date.  Any changes to existing applications must be received in writing.

September 2023 Admissions Policies

All Through School Years 0 to 11:

Voluntary Aided:



Free School: