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Apply for a secondary school place

The first round for secondary school applications opens on Wednesday 12 September 2018.

If your child was born between 1 September 2007 and 31 August 2008, they are due to transfer to Year 7 at secondary school in September 2019.

You must make an application for your child's secondary school place. You will need to apply using our online Citizen Portal system.

Before you apply

Before applying for a secondary school place, we recommend that you read our Next Steps booklet. This will explain the application process from start to finish. The booklet also contains a list of all the secondary schools in Cambridgeshire, along with their catchment areas and allocation criteria.

Next Steps: Admission to secondary school 2019/20

A booklet for parents of Cambridgeshire children who are due to transfer to secondary school in September 2019.

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Starting secondary school leaflet 2019/20

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We also encourage you to find out more about Cambridgeshire schools by:

Apply for a place

Year 7

To apply for a secondary school place, please log into Citizen Portal, using the blue button below. If you don't already have an existing portal account, you can register for a new account.

Log into Citizen Portal

The first round of applications will open on Wednesday 12 September 2018 and close on Wednesday 31 October 2018. Please view our timetable below.

Date applications will be accepted from Closing date for applications Date offers will be made
First round of applications Wednesday 12 September 2018 Wednesday 31 October 2018 Friday 1 March 2019
Second round of applications Thursday 1 November 2018 Sunday 31 March 2019 Wednesday 24 April 2019

If your child was born between 1 September 2005 and 31 August 2006, they are due to transfer to Year 9 at Upper School in September 2019.

There is no automatic transfer to an upper school. An application must be made.

Please note if you wish to apply for a Year 9 place at a Cambridgeshire secondary school for September 2019, this must be made through the in-year admissions process.

Visit our Cambridge Academy for Science and Technology webpage

Further help and information

Online applications are made via Citizen Portal, which can be accessed by clicking the button near the top of this page. If you don’t already have an account, you can register for a new one.

Using Citizen Portal, you can submit, view and make changes to your application.

Once offers have been made, you will be able to view your offer on the system.

If you experience any issues with Citizen Portal, please email the School Admissions team at [email protected].

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

All online applications must be submitted by 11.59pm on Wednesday 31 October 2018. Applications submitted after this deadline will be entered into the second round process. Please view our timetable for dates.

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

You must also apply online for a place at the school to our School Admissions team by Wednesday 31 October 2018.

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)

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