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Admissions, Secondary School

​​​The table shows you a timetable of key times in the school year. Please use it as a guide.​
August to OctoberApply for a place
1st working day in MarchOffers go out
13 MarchWaiting lists deadline
27 MarchAppeals deadline
April to MayAppeals heard
SeptemberStart secondary school

Applications for secondary school open on 1 August 2015 if your child was born between 1 September 2005 and 31 August 2006 and is in their last year of primary school. You need to apply by 31 October 2016. They will start school in September 2017.

To apply online follow the link in Top Tasks.

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

If you apply online keep your acknowledgement as proof. If you do not receive an acknowledgement email within 24 hours, your application was not completed successfully and you need to apply again.

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

Secondary school place offers are emailed to parents and carers on 1 March (or the first working day after) and postal offers are sent by second class post.​

Your nearest school is not necessarily the closest school to your home address. Not all schools have a distance priority/criteria in their policies. Please check the schools Admissions Policy for information before you make a decision. If you would like confirmation of the nearest school to your home address please contact us.​

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.

Leeds Admissions Policy is the authority’s policy which applies to community and voluntary controlled schools. There are a number of different priorities described within the policy. ​ 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.


If you have applied online you will receive your offer 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 School waiting lists related page for more information.​​

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