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Admissions, Secondary School

Application to start secondary school in September 2016

Applications to start secondary school in September 2016 have now closed. If you have missed the deadline please contact the Admissions Team on 0113 222 4414, Monday to Friday, 9am to 5pm. Alternatively you can email 


Application to start secondary school in September 2017

The table shows you a timetable of important dates in the school year. Please use it as a guide.​

August to OctoberApply for a place
1 MarchOffers go out
14 MarchWaiting list deadline
28 MarchAppeals deadline
May to JuneAppeals heard
SeptemberStart secondary school

If your child is in their last year of primary school and is due to start secondary school in September 2017 you must apply for a school place between 1 August 2016 and 31 October 2016.


There are a number of things you should consider before submitting your application

Have you visited the schools you are interested in before applying? Most of them have open days where you can find out more information.

Watch our 'how to' video to help you use the online application form. This will be available from 1 August 2016.

Have you read the Starting secondary school in Leeds 2017 book? This will be available on the website from 1 August 2016.

Use Find a school in Leeds to gain detailed information about each school, including their oversubscription criteria which can be found within the admissions policy attached to each school page. This will help ensure you include schools where your child has a realistic chance of being offered a place.

Have you spoken to staff in the Admissions Team to clarify any issue you are not sure about, especially about the admissions policy? Please call 0113 222 4414, Monday to Friday, 9am to 5pm. Alternatively you can email

Remember to choose up to five schools you would prefer and include your 'priority school' (as outlined in your invitation to apply letter).This will ensure you have the best chance of being offered a local school place.

Have you considered how your child will get to school and the potential transport costs? Please visit our Children's transport page for further information.


Invitation to apply letters

Letters telling you which is your priority school are sent out at the end of July. If you have not received your letter by mid-August please contact us. This is the school where you child has a higher priority under the admissions policy.


Applying for a school place

Applications open on 1 August. You need to make your application using the online application form. This will become available on this page when the application window opens.

Watch our 'how to' video to help you use the online application form. This will be available from 1 August 2016.

On your application, you can include up to five schools as your preferences. You should put these in order of your preference (i.e. your preferred school at number one, and your least preferred school at number five).

Some schools require the completion of a supplementary information form (SIF) which should be completed separately and sent directly to the school. You can find out if a SIF is required by reading the school's admissions policy. Each school page has a link to its admissions policy. If supplementary information is required a link to this will also be provided.


Make sure you check the following before the closing date

Have you completed your online application and received an email confirming we have received it?

Have you completed and returned any supplementary information forms to schools that require them?

If you are claiming exceptional medical/social circumstances (priority 1b) have you checked that your preferred school considers exceptional circumstances as part of their admissions criteria?

Have you attached any relevant supporting evidence to your application?​​​​​

Click to expandAdmissions Policy

The Admissions Policy for a school is used to rank all the applications which are made for that school. It will usually consist of different criteria or groups.  Examples of the different types of criteria used are sibling (attending same school) and distance.
Please remember that different types of schools use different criteria to rank their applications, so it is really important that you look at the admissions policy for each of the schools you are including in your preferences.
We strongly advise that you read through policies for the schools you are applying for before submitting your preferences.
For further information please look at the Leeds Admissions Policy 2017/18, which applies to all Community and Voluntary Controlled schools in Leeds, and can be found in the Documents section on this page. 
To find admissions policies for other schools such as Foundation, Voluntary Aided and Academies, please follow the Find a school in Leeds link below.  Alternatively you can contact the schools directly.

Find a school in Leeds

Click to expandHow places are offered

We coordinate all applications for children moving from primary to secondary school in Leeds. This means we receive all the applications centrally, gather information from schools who determine their own admissions and send out all the offer letters.

We make sure every child receives an offer of a school place. Whether we can offer you the place you want for your child will depend on your circumstances and the schools you have asked for.

We do not share the preference order with schools, only that you have applied for them. We strongly recommend that you include the 'priority school' which we tell you about in your invitation to apply letter. This gives you the best chance of still being placed within your local area, even if you are not able to gain a place at one of your higher preference schools. It is not always possible to offer every child who preferences it a place at their priority school.​

We consider your preferences in the following stages:

  • you list your five preferences
  • We inform any Voluntary Aided schools, Foundation schools, Academies, or other local authorities that you have preferenced their school. They apply their policy to decide who they can offer places to, and tell us. Admission policies for these schools can be found by clicking on the link below to Find a school in Leeds
  • We apply the Leeds policy to see who we can offer places to at Community and Voluntary Controlled schools
  • If you meet the admission conditions for more than one school, we offer your highest preference school that you qualify for
  • If we cannot offer your child a place at any of the schools you have preferenced we will allocate a place at the closest school to your home address that still has places available. This applies to all Community or Voluntary Controlled schools but may be a Voluntary Aided or Foundation school or Academy if their governing body has given us permission to do so. If you live outside Leeds, we will offer your child an alternative place

Find a school in Leeds

Click to expandOffers

Offers of school places to start in 2016 will be sent out by email on 1 March 2017. You will be asked to accept the offer we give you. Instructions will be in your offer letter attached to the email.

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

Please be patient while you wait for your email. If you do not receive your email on 1 March 2017, 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 on 0113 222 4414, 9am to 5pm, Monday to Friday or email

Click to expandWaiting lists

​If you are not offered a place at the school you would like your child to start in 2016 you can add your child's name to a waiting list before 14 March 2017 without going through the formal appeal process. 

For more information please visit the School waiting lists page.

Click to expandAppeals

If you have not been offered a place at the school you wanted your child to start in 2017 you can appeal against the refusal by 28 March 2016.

All appeals submitted by 28 March 2016 against a decision for a year 7 place will be heard within 40 school days.

If you do not reply by this deadline, your appeal will be heard but we cannot guarantee to hear your appeal before the end of the term and appeals are not generally held in the school holidays.

For more information please visit the School appeals page.

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