Apply for a secondary school

Applying for a secondary school for September 2019

If your child was born between 1 September 2007 and 31 August 2008 they should start secondary school in September 2019, so you will need to make an application for a place at a secondary school*.

*unless your child currently attends Roundhay School or Carr Manor Community Primary School which are "All-through schools", where children automatically continue through to the secondary phase from the primary phase.

How to apply

Your application must be completed before 31 October 2018. You should apply using the online system which is open between 1 August and 31 October 2018. A link will be available on this page from 1 August.

Our secondary schools admissions guide video provides guidance for completing the online admissions application.

If you are not a resident of Leeds (you pay council tax to a different local authority) you will need to apply through your own local authority, even if you wish to apply for a place at a Leeds school.


You can preference up to five schools as part of your application. We recommend that you use all five preferences and read the admissions policies for each of the schools. Individual school admission policy information is available on each school page on Find a school.

Important dates

Important dates
1 August to 31 October 2018Apply for a place
1 March 2019Offers go out
15 March 2019Deadline to request a place on the waiting list
28 March 2019Deadline to appeal
March to July 2019Places allocated from the waiting list and appeals held
September 2019Start Secondary School

Secondary school admissions guide video

Admissions Policies

There are different types of schools in Leeds – some use the Leeds City Council Admissions Policy (PDF, 103KB) and others use their own.

Schools prioritise applications in different ways, with some prioritising based mainly on distance and others based on other criteria such as faith. It is important that you check the admissions policy for the schools you are applying for to understand where on their ranked list of applications your child might be.

Before you apply

Before you apply for a secondary school place, we advise you to:

  • visit the schools you are interested in applying for before making your application to ensure that you are making an informed choice
  • read the Leeds City Council composite prospectus (PDF, 2.3MB), which includes school information and individual school over-subscription criteria. This will help to ensure you include school(s) where your child has a realistic chance of being offered a place
  • speak to staff in school or the Admissions Team to clarify any issues you are not sure about
  • consider how your child will get to school and the potential transport costs

Before the closing date

Before the closing date of 31 October 2018 we advise you to:

  • read the admissions policies for each of these schools you choose
  • complete and return any supplementary information forms to schools who require them by the deadline
  • if you are applying on behalf of a previously looked after child, complete a priority 1a Supplementary Information Form
  • if you are claiming priority admission due to exceptional medical or mobility needs (priority 1b), check that your preferred school considers exceptional circumstances as part of their admissions criteria, and if so, complete a priority 1b Supplementary Information Form (SEN SIF)
  • attach any applicable supporting evidence to your application
  • complete your online application, including up to five preference schools
  • ensure that your application form is submitted and that you have received a submission confirmation email



How places are offered, Find a school in LeedsHow places are offered<div class="ExternalClassFF817EC98B5946638C9784940FCE9F5F"><div class="text"><p>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.</p><p>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. </p><p>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.</p><p>We consider your preferences in the following stages:</p><ul class="list list-bullet"><li>you list your five preferences</li><li>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 using <a href="">Find a school in Leeds</a></li><li>We apply the Leeds policy to see who we can offer places to at Community and Voluntary Controlled schools</li><li>If you meet the admission conditions for more than one school, we offer your highest preference school that you qualify for</li><li>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</li></ul> ​​​</div></div>
How will I find out which school my child has been offered?How will I find out which school my child has been offered?<div class="ExternalClass9DE3A22E183E453A9CD1622B9A3260D3"><div class="text"><p>You will be sent an email, with your offer letter attached, on <strong>1 March 2019</strong>.<br></p><p>Emails are sent out in batches so please be patient. </p><p>If you don't receive an email by the end of the day, please contact the Admissions Team on <strong>0113 222 4414</strong>, 9am to 5pm, Monday to Friday or email: <a href=""></a>.</p><p>You should accept the school place you have been offered <strong>directly with the school</strong>. This will not affect your position on a waiting list or your right to appeal. </p><p>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<a href="/residents/Pages/Admissions-Appeals.aspx" title="Link to Leeds City Council's school appeals page"> appeal against the decision​</a>.</p> </div></div>



Leeds 2019 Secondary Co-ordinated Scheme - Undetermined 2019 Secondary Co-ordinated Scheme - Undetermined.pdf218626pdf
School year calculator year calculator.pdf260998pdf
Leeds Determined Admissions Policy 2019 Year 7 Determined Admissions Policy 2019 Year 7.pdf69538pdf
Leeds Admissions Policy 2018 Secondary Admissions Policy 2018 Secondary.pdf104960pdf
Leeds Secondary School Composite Prospectus 2018-19 Secondary School Composite Prospectus 2018-19.pdf2393011pdf
Leeds Secondary Schools Map Secondary Schools MAP.pdf10504434pdf
Priority 1b School Admissions Support form 1b School Admissions Support form.pdf232610pdf
Secondary common preference form common preference form.pdf77701pdf

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