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Admissions, Secondary School

Starting Secondary School

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

It is important that you submit your application within these dates.

Online application

If you live in Leeds and have an email address, you can apply online by going to the Top Tasks section on this page. The benefits of applying online are:

  • it is quick, easy and safe
  • you will receive an email to confirm your preferences have been received which you should keep. (Please note it can take up to 24 hours to receive your confirmation e-mail)
  • applications that are sent through the post can be lost. By applying online you are automatically provided with proof that we have received your application
  • you will be able to log back in and check or change your details up until the closing date of 31 October, and
  • on 2 March you will be emailed with an offer of a school place, and will not have to wait for the post.
If you apply online keep your acknowledgement as proof. If you do not receive an acknowledgement email within 24 hours your application has not been completed successfully.

You should go back and make sure it is completed properly. Make sure you click the ‘submit’ button at the end of the form.

For assistance with the online application process please see the ‘Online applications FAQs’ in the Documents section.

Paper applications:

You can also apply by completing an application form available in the Documents section on this page.

You can return the paper form directly to Leeds City Council, PO Box 837, School Admissions, Leeds, LS1 9PZ or hand it in at any school office.

We recommend that you keep a copy of your form and if you hand it in to a school, that you get a receipt. If you post your form to us we recommend that you use ‘registered post’ so that you have a proof of delivery.

Allocation of school places:

The admissions policy for a school describes how places are allocated. That is how we determine who is offered a place. Details of the types of schools and information on their policies are in the booklet ‘Starting secondary school book’ 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 describe in more detail these priorities, 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.

Please see the 'Leeds secondary schools map' in the Documents section for locations of secondary schools in Leeds.

Leeds City Council provides a Choice Advice Service that can provide impartial advice and support to families with the application and appeals process. Email: Choice.advice@leeds.gov.uk or phone: 0113 3951183​ for further information.


Offers of school places will be sent out on 2 March. 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. ​​​