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Key dates

The following key dates will help you with applying for a secondary school for year 7 admission in 2024/25.

Transfer process Dates
Online applications open Monday 4 September 2023
Closing date for on-time applications Tuesday 31 October 2023
National offer day Friday 1 March 2024
Appeals (deadline) Friday 29 March 2024

4 September 2023 – Application process opens online

You will be able to apply for your child’s secondary school place for entry in 2024/25 from 9am on Monday 4 September 2023.

September and October 2023 – Open days / events

Details of all planned secondary open days / events will be made available shortly. 

31 October 2023 – Closing date

Deadline for applications is midnight. Missing the deadline will significantly reduce your chances of getting a place at the school you want.

1 March 2024 – National offer day

Offers of school places are sent out for all on-time applications. If you applied online, we will send you an email with your application outcome. Letters will also be sent by second class post.

18 March 2024 - Late applications considered (round 1)

Late applications received between 2 November 2023 and 29 February 2024, will be considered after this date.

29 March 2024 – Deadline to submit an appeal

Deadline to submit an appeal to ensure it is heard in the first round of appeals.  Appeal against a school place decision.

8 April 2024 – Late applications considered (round 2)

Late applications received from 1 March 2024 will be considered after this date.

From 27 August 2024 - Your child starts school

If your child was not offered a place in your first preference school, they will remain on the  waiting list for any higher preference schools until the end of the academic year in July 2025.

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