The table shows you a timetable of key times in the school year. Please use it as a guide.
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. All applications will be given equal consideration no matter when you apply during this period as long as the application is submitted by the deadline. Please see the school year calculator in the Documents section of this page.
Invitation to apply letters
Letters telling you which is your 'nearest priority school' will be sent out from 1 August 2016. If you have not received your letter by mid August please contact us. Being told which is your child's 'nearest priority school' is an important part of many school admissions policies.
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.
Have you read the Starting secondary school book? This can be found in the Documents section on this page. This booklet is updated every year and will be published on the website as soon as it becomes available.
Use the Top Task section to 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? You can find our contact details in the Contact us section on this page.
Remember to choose up to five schools you would prefer and include your 'nearest 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?
Applying for a school place
We recommend that you apply online for your child’s school place. The form will become available on this page when the application window opens. Watch our 'how to' video to help you use the online application form. You can also apply using a paper form called a Secondary common preference form (CPF). This can be found in the Documents section on this page, or alternatively you can pick one up from a school office or contact the Admissions Team. Please see contact details on this page.
On your application, (both online and paper), you can include up to five schools as your preferences. You should put these in order of your preference (i.e. your most 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. Use the Top Tasks section to Find a school in Leeds. Each school page has a link to its admissions policy. If supplementary information is required a link to this will also be provided.
After the closing date, we then start the allocations process. This means we look at all the applications made for each school and, using the admissions policy, we rank them in order. We can then see if you have qualified for a place at any of your preferred schools. If you qualify for more than one of your preferences, we will offer the highest of these preferences and withdraw all the preferences below it. If you don’t qualify for any of your preferences, we will offer the nearest Community or Voluntary Controlled school to your address that still has an available place after the allocations process has been completed. We can also sometimes offer a place at a Voluntary Aided or Foundation school or Academy if their governing body has given permission for us to do so.
The “invitation to apply” letter (mentioned above) includes details of your “nearest priority school”. It is very important that you include this school as one of your preferences, even if it is number five, as this helps increase your chances of being offered a local school place. Remember, this may not physically be your nearest school, as different types of schools follow different admissions policies. Each school's admissions policy can be found by clicking on Find a school in the Top Tasks section on this page.
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? Or, have you returned the paper form to the Admissions team?
Have you completed and returned any supplementary information forms to schools who 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?