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

If your child is starting school in autumn 2020, you can apply for a school place from Thursday 12 September 2019.

Please note all applications made after midnight on Thursday 31 October 2019 for starting secondary school in autumn 2020 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 guides:

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 Wednesday 31 October 2018.

Need help with your application?

If you require help with your school admissions application please contact the Choice Advice Service or come along to one of our support sessions

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.