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Secondary school place offers

All secondary school places were allocated in mid-February so there is no advantage to parents who received their offer earlier than others. All requests for waiting lists are dealt with after 13 March and every parent responding by that deadline will be treated equally.

Admissions, Secondary School

Secondary school place offers for 2015 have been sent out.​

If your child is due to start secondary school in September 2015 you must have applied for a school place between 1 August 2014 and 31 October 2014.

If you applied online keep your acknowledgement as proof. If you did not receive an acknowledgement email within 24 hours your application will not have been completed successfully.

If you applied by post, we recommend that you keep a copy of your form. If you handed it in to a school, we recommend that you keep a receipt.


Allocation of school places

The admissions policy for a school describes how places are allocated. Details of the types of schools and information on their policies are in the booklet ‘starting secondary school’ in the Documents section. For the authority’s policy which applies to community and voluntary controlled schools there are a number of different priorities described. It is important that you also read the notes at the end of the policy which give you more detail, in particular with regard to children who are in the care of the local authority or have been adopted from local authority care, issues regarding special education needs, siblings definitions, and distance definitions.


Offers of school places will be sent out on 2 March 2015. If you have applied online this will be by e-mail. If you used a paper form your offer will be posted to your home address by 2nd class post. These can take up to a week to arrive.

You will be asked to accept the offer we give you. The information on how to do this will be in your offer letter.

When you have received your offer you must confirm your school place. To confirm the place you must contact the relevant school directly; the Admissions Team are unable to register your confirmation.

Please be patient while you wait for your letter. If you do not receive your offer letter within the timeframes outlined above please contact the Admissions Team using the contact details on this page.

If you missed the deadline for applications to start secondary school or if you want to educate your child at home you must contact the Admissions Team using the contact details on this page and they will advise you.

You must apply for a school place using the address where your child lives for the majority of the time.​​


If you have not been offered a place at the school you have requested you can appeal against the refusal by 27 March. Your child will also be added to the waiting list for this school if you appeal before 13 March.

Please go to the Admissions Appeals related page for more information about Appeals.

Waiting list

You can add your child’s name to a waiting list before 13 March without going through the formal appeal process.

Please go to the Admissions Appeals related page for more information.

Why have some people got their offers?

We are aware that some emails were sent early to parents who applied online due to a technical issue.

Are the offers valid?

Yes, the offer information sent is correct.

Has this given some parents an advantage in the place they have been offered?

No, allocations were made in mid February to allow time for sharing information with other Local Authorities and for printing letters. The offer itself has not been affected by this issue in any way. It is important to understand that parents who have applied via a paper form have therefore NOT been disadvantaged because of this error.

Will these parents get an advantage in waiting list requests and appeals?

The deadline for waiting lists has not changed, it is 13 March 2015 if you want to be considered in the first round of ‘topping up’. People who applied by paper form would always get their offer some days after offer day, and so are not disadvantaged. All parents who apply for a waiting list place before the deadline will be treated equally.

The same applies for appeals. The deadline for the first batch of appeals is 27 March. Anyone who applies by this time will have their appeal heard between May and 17 June. Anyone who applies earlier for an appeal will not be heard earlier.

I applied on paper form, when will I find out my offer?

Your offer​ letter will be posted today (27 February) so you will receive it next week.