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 2020.

Further information

Applying for a school place

Please note all applications made after midnight on Thursday 31 October 2019 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.

Choosing a school

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

This guide will help answer any questions you may have and help you towards choosing the right school, by giving you information about local secondary schools, how to submit your application and the support available.

When choosing a school, you should consider how popular the school is and how places were allocated last year. You should also attend the open events at the schools that you are considering to ensure that you and your child can make the right decision on your preferred schools.

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 Thursday 31 October 2019.

Please note that Caste Mead Free school operate a City-wide catchment area. This means that residents living in the City will receive priority for a place, under the catchment area rule, over applicants living outside the City.

Need help with your application?

If you require help with your school admissions application please come along to one of our support sessions:

The Choice Advice Service offers free impartial guidance, support and information to residents of Leicester City who are choosing a school for their child. They are also running a number of free support sessions across city primary schools. Details can be found on their website.

Starting secondary school transfer timetable - autumn 2020

The deadline for applying for a secondary school place to start school in autumn 2020 is Thursday 31 October 2019. Please note any applications made after this date will be treated as a late application.

Transfer process Dates
Online applications open Thursday 12 September 2019
Closing date for on-time applications Thursday 31 October 2019
Allocation day Monday 2 March 2020
Appeals May to July 2020

Closing date - midnight on Thursday 31 October 2019

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 Monday 2 March 2020.