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Apply for a secondary school

Apply for your child to start in year 7 at secondary school in September 2018


To apply online you must complete the application form between 1 August and 31 October 2017.

You must submit an application even if you would like a place at your priority catchment school or your child has a sibling in school.


Important dates​​​​​​

DateStage
1 August to 31 October 2017Apply for a place
1 March 2018Offers go out
14 March 2018Deadline to request a place on the waiting list
28 March 2018Deadline to appeal
March to July 2018Places allocated from the waiting lists and appeals held
September 2018Start secondary school

Invitation to apply letters

If your child is due to start secondary school in September 2018 (born between 1 Sep 2006 and 31 August 2007) you will receive a letter inviting you to apply.

Your address puts you in the priority catchment area for a particular school and the letter tells you which school this is. It is the school at which your child has a higher priority for admission under the school admission policy, which might be the Leeds Admission Policy 2018/19 (PDF 61KB) or might be the school's own policy.

We would recommend that you include this school as one of your five preferences, even if it is your fifth preference, although there is no guarantee that you will be offered a place there.


Before you apply

  • read the Leeds Secondary Schools 2018/2019 Composite Prospectus (PDF 2.4MB) for all the information you require to guide you through the application process and to make an informed choice about your child’s future
  • view the Leeds Secondary Schools map (PDF 1.1MB)
  • visit the schools you are considering applying for
  • use find a school for information about each school in Leeds, including their admissions policies. These will help you understand the criteria different schools use to offer places and therefore, which schools your child has a realistic chance of being offered a place at
  • speak to staff in school or the admissions team to check anything you’re not sure about. The admissions team are only able to discuss the child’s application with the named contact on the child's record
  • consider how your child will get to school. Find out if your child is eligible for free transport or use generationM to find out details of school special bus services. These services are regularly reviewed – find out about the latest changes

Before 31 October 2017​

  • watch our 'how to' video to help you complete the online application form
  • complete the online application form. Include up to five schools you would prefer your child to attend
  • complete supplementary information forms for any schools that require them. These should be completed in addition to the online application form and sent directly to the school

How to apply

To apply online you will need a valid email address.

After completing your online application, you will receive an email confirming we have received it. If you don’t receive an email your application has not been completed properly. You should log back in and make sure the form is fully completed.


Apply for a secondary school

If you live outside Leeds and want your child to go to a school in Leeds, you must apply to your own local authority and they will inform us of your request.​​​​





Supplementary information forms

The schools below will require you to complete a supplementary information form (SIF) in addition to your online application form.

SIFs should be returned directly to the school by 31 October 2017.


Admissions policies

Admissions policies tell you how an admitting authority decides to offer places. If there are more applications than places at a school, the priorities set out in the admissions policy are used to allocate places in priority order until the year group is full.

Academies, foundation and Voluntary Aided schools have their own admissions policies, and some include different priorities to the Leeds Admissions Policy 2018/19 (PDF 61KB). They may not include a distance element.

Before you apply it is important that you look at the admissions policy for each school you wish to include in your application to make sure you have a realistic chance of being offered a place.

Click to expandHow will I find out which school my child has been offered?

You will be sent an email, with your offer letter attached, on 1 March 2018.

Emails are sent out in batches so please be patient.

If you don't receive an email by the end of the day, please contact the Admissions Team on 0113 222 4414, 9am to 5pm, Monday to Friday or email: education.admissions@leeds.gov.uk  

You should accept the school place you have been offered directly with the school. This will not affect your position on a waiting list or your right to appeal. 

If you don’t get offered a place at the school you want, you can ask to go on the waiting list for other schools in Leeds. You can also appeal against the decision​.  ​​​

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
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Find a school in Leeds

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