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Apply for a secondary school place

Apply for a secondary school place here if your child is starting secondary school for the first time in autumn 2022 and you live in Leicester City. Applications will open on Friday 10 September 2021.

Use all your preferences

It is important to get lots of information before deciding on your preferred schools and the order you would like to put them on your application. We will offer you the highest preferred school if your child qualifies for a place here, so please consider your order of preferences carefully. We recommend including your catchment school as one of your preferences.

When can I apply?

You can apply for your child's secondary school place to start in autumn 2022 from 12:01am on Friday 10 September 2021.

Deadline for on-time applications - Midnight, 31 October 2021

Apply before the 31 October 2021 deadline. Otherwise your application will be considered as late if there isn't an exceptional reason for missing the deadline, and may mean you are offered a school much further away than your preferred ones.

What happens next?

You will receive an email once you have submitted your application. It is important to check carefully that you have received this and that it confirms your application has been fully submitted. If your application is not fully submitted, it will be considered as late.

We will send offers of places to those who applied on time on 1 March 2022.

Making changes to your application

You can make changes to your application right up to the deadline, 31 October 2021, but if you do make a change you must remember to re-submit your application. If you do not your application may be considered as late.

There will be questions about you and about the child needing the school place including details of any brothers or sisters already attending the school(s) you prefer. It will ask you to list your preferred schools in order of preference. It will also ask you about anything else relevant to the child and their application for a school place (such as any special educational needs or if they are a ‘looked after’ child).

What if I need help?

If you need help with making an application, please email us at or call us on 0116 454 1009 (option 1) and we will do our best to assist you. Your child’s current school may also be able to help with applying.

The choice advice service

The choice advice service offers free impartial guidance, support and information to parents choosing a school for children in Leicester. 

They are also running a number of free support sessions across city primary schools to help parents apply for a school place. More details can be found on their website. 

This service cannot guarantee school places or influence the allocation process. However, they can guide you through the admissions process, and help you to make an application for a school place. They can also support you with the admission appeal process.

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