Starting secondary school

Information for parents and carers of children transferring from primary or junior school (Year 6) to secondary school (Year 7), starting in autumn 2018.

Further information

Applying for a school place

Please note all applications made after midnight on Tuesday 31 October 2017 for starting school in autumn 2018 will be treated as a late application.

If you wish to apply for a school place starting now then please complete an in-year admission application.

The Lancaster Academy

Please note that The Lancaster Academy has become co-educational and will be accepting applications for girls to join the school in year 7, from August 2018.  This school will be available to select when making an application to start at Secondary School.  For more details, please contact the admissions team or The Lancaster Academy.

Choosing a school

Before applying for your child's secondary school place you should read the:

This guide will help answer all the questions you may have and help you towards choosing the right school. When choosing a school you should consider how popular the school is and your child's chances of getting a place there.

Look at other sources of information which will help you make an informed decision

Voluntary aided schools, academies and free schools

If you are applying for a voluntary aided school, academy or a free school, you must complete the schools' own supplementary information form as well as applying to Leicester City Council. You must return the supplementary form directly to the school by the closing date of Tuesday 31 October 2017.

Need help with your application?

If you require help with your school admissions application please contact the Choice Advice Service

Starting secondary school transfer timetable - autumn 2018

The deadline for applying for a school place to start school in autumn 2018 is Tuesday 31 October 2017. Please note any applications made after this date will be treated as a late application.

Transfer process Dates
Online applications open Monday 11 September 2017
Closing date for on-time applications Tuesday 31 October 2017
Allocation day Thursday 1 March 2018
Deadline for parents to respond to offer Friday 16 March 2018
Appeals May to July 2018

Closing date - midnight on Tuesday 31 October 2017

All applications received after this date are treated as late and will be dealt with after those received on time and you are less likely to be offered a place at your preferred schools.

What happens next?

For on-time applications you will be sent an email (or a letter) informing you which school has been allocated on Thursday 1 March 2018.