How to apply for a secondary school place

When you can apply

Applications for secondary school places for September 2018 can be made from 12 September 2017. The closing date for the first round of applications will be 31 October 2017.

Who you apply to

Applications for a secondary school place must be made to the local authority in which you live, regardless of where the school you wish to apply for is located.

If you do not currently live in Cambridgeshire but apply directly to us instead of your home local authority, we will be unable to process your application. We will make every effort to forward any such application to the home local authority, but we cannot guarantee that they will process it.

Find your local Council

If you are a Cambridgeshire resident, please make sure you read the guidance below as it contains detailed information on the application process.

Next Steps: Admission to secondary school 2018/19

A booklet for parents of Cambridgeshire children who are due to transfer to secondary school in September 2018

Size: 2.51 MB File format: pdf

Apply online

Below is the link to the Citizen Portal, where you can submit, view and make amendments to your online application. Once offers have been made on 1 March 2018, you will also be able to view them on the Portal.

Citizen Portal

Year 7 - Transfer to secondary school

If your child was born between 1 September 2006 and 31 August 2007, they are due to transfer to secondary school in September 2018. There is no automatic transfer to secondary school. An application must be made.

Starting secondary school leaflet 2018-19

A guide for parents of Cambridgeshire children starting secondary school in September 2018.

Size: 330.12 KB File format: pdf

Year 9 - Transfer to upper school

If your child was born between 1 September 2004 and 31 August 2005, they are due to transfer to upper school in September 2018. There is no automatic transfer to an upper school; an application must be made. 

For further information, please refer to the "Transferring to Upper School Leaflet". Please note if you wish to apply for a Year 9 place at a Cambridgeshire secondary school for September 2018, this must be made through the in-year admissions process.

Transferring to upper school leaflet

A guide for parents of Cambridgeshire children starting upper school in September 2018.

Size: 244.32 KB File format: pdf

Year 10 - Applying for University Technical College

Visit our Cambridge University Technical College page

Year 10 - Cambridge Regional College

Cambridge Regional College will also admit into Year 10 for September 2018 entry. They can be contacted by telephone on 01223 418 200 or by emailing [email protected].

Timetable for the application process

Date applications will be accepted from Closing date for applications Date offer letters will be sent
First round of applications 12 September 2017 31 October 2017 1 March 2018
Second round of applications 1 November 2017 31 March 2018 24 April 2018

Paper application form

If you would prefer not to apply online, there is a paper copy of the secondary school application form available for you to complete.

Secondary paper application form 2018-19

A paper copy of the secondary application form 2018-19.

Size: 543.67 KB File format: pdf

Further help and information

All online applications must be completed by 11.59pm on Tuesday 31 October 2017. All paper applications must be received at the Admissions Team office by 5.00pm on Tuesday 31 October 2017.

Applications made after this date will not be considered until the second round of allocations on 24 April 2018. In this instance, you cannot apply online and must complete a paper application form.

The Admissions Team will liaise with schools and other authorities to make sure that, where possible, parents receive a single offer for the highest preference school which is able to offer a place.

In-depth information on how places are allocated can be found in the Next Steps booklet near the top of this page.

Letters are posted second class on the national offer date of 1 March 2018 to those parents who applied on time by Tuesday 31 October 2017. Email notifications are also sent out to those who applied online and requested confirmation by email. 

Online applications are made via the Citizen Portal, which can be accessed by clicking the button near the top of this page.

Using Citizen Portal, you can submit, view and make amendments to your application. Once offers have been made on 1 March 2018, you will also be able to view it there.

Visit the Admission Appeals page

If you are applying to St Bede's Inter Church School for religious reasons, you will need to submit an appropriate Supplementary Information Form (SIF) to the school by the deadline.

You must also submit your application form for a place at the school to the Cambridgeshire County Council School Admissions Team by Tuesday 31 October 2017 is the normal way.

All admissions to maintained schools, including academies, must be made in accordance with the School Admissions Code, which ensures that all school places are allocated in an open and fair way.

Help with choosing and applying for a school is available to all parents from the Parents School Preference Adviser.

If your child has had extra support in their school, but does not have a Statement of Special Educational Needs / Education, Health and Care Plan (EHCP), you will need to follow the secondary school admissions process. This is also the case if your child is undergoing assessment.

If your child has a Statement of Special Educational Needs / Education, Health and Care Plan (EHCP), your Casework Officer from the Statutory Assessment Team (SAT) will contact you to explain the application process for your child.

For more information, please view our pages on Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (Local Offer)

For all other applications outside of the usual admissions rounds, including admissions from abroad, please see our information on in-year applications.

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