Apply to start Secondary school September 2024

How to apply to start secondary school in September 2024

The online school admissions round to enable you to apply for a secondary school place for September 2024 opens on Friday 15 September 2023 and closes at midnight on Tuesday 31 October 2023.

Before completing and submitting your application we recommended that you download and read Educating your Child (PDF, 849KB). 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. Please note naming the same school more than once will not increase your chances of being offered a place at that school. 

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. The allocated school could be some distance away. 

Online application process guidance

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. Check that you receive the confirmation email. If you do not receive the confirmation email within 24 hours, email

Leading up to the closing date, emails will be sent out to remind parents and 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, do not ignore this, you may have double clicked and inadvertently unsubmitted the application. If you do receive the reminder to submit your application you can log into your online account and check. Or email to check.

Postal application process

If you cannot download the application form to complete, you can request a paper form by emailing

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 or school. 

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. 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.  

What is the application closing date?

The closing date for secondary school applications was midnight on Tuesday, 31 October 2023.

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 2024, if your child will be:

  • home educated
  • attending an Independent School (for example Priory School, Ryde School)
  • or you will be moving abroad.

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 2024.

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 was Wednesday, 1 March 2024. 

Parents and guardians who applied online by the closing date will have received an email from us on 1 March 2024 notifying them of the school where a place has been allocated for their child. Letters will be sent second class on this day to those parents and guardians who did not apply online and to the parents and guardians 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 2024.

More 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 schools location map.

The last date that applications or changes to existing applications can be made prior to National Offer Day Friday 9 February 2024.  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 Friday 8 March 2024. 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.

Email your changes to  you need to give us your child’s full name, date of birth, home address and your preferred schools in order of preference (you can name up to three).