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Apply for a secondary school place

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.

If you submitted your application by 31 October 2018, your child's school place offer will be available from the national offer date of 1 March 2019.

If you haven't yet applied for a secondary school place, you have until 31 March 2019 to apply in the second round

National offer date - view your child's school place

If you applied online, please log into your Citizen Portal account to view your school place offer. School offer letters will also be sent to your child's home address, posted second class on 1 March 2019.

It is important that you accept the offer of your child's school place. If you do not, we reserve the right to withdraw that place in order to offer it to another child. You have until 15 March 2019 to accept the offer.

If you submitted your application online, you can accept the school place via your Citizen Portal account.

If you did not apply online or are accepting your place after the deadline of 15 March 2019, please contact the school offered directly to accept the place. Their contact details will be included in your offer letter.

Accepting a place at the school offered will not lessen your chance of being offered a place at your preferred school, either through the school's waiting list or through the appeals process.

School place allocation information

Information on how places were allocated at each secondary school for September 2019, as well as which schools were oversubscribed or have places remaining, can be found on our school allocation information page.

Apply for a school place in the second round

If you are applying for a Year 7 secondary school place during the second round of admissions, you must make your application using our paper form below. The closing date for the second round is 31 March 2019. You must also use the paper form if you applied during the first round, but wish to change your preferences.

Before you apply, 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.

Size: 878.38 KB File format: pdf

Starting secondary school leaflet 2019/20

Size: 112.06 KB File format: pdf

Secondary paper application form 2019/20

Size: 96.67 KB File format: pdf

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

Date applications will be accepted from Closing date for applications Date offers will be made
First round of applications (closed) Wednesday 12 September 2018 Wednesday 31 October 2018 Friday 1 March 2019
Second round of applications (open) 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

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

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 for a place at the school to our School Admissions team.

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)

Contact us

School Admissions Team
OCT1221
The Octagon
Shire Hall
Castle Hill
Cambridge
CB3 0AP

Email: [email protected]
Telephone: 0345 045 1370
Fax: 01223 727 941

Further links

Free school meals
School transport
Help with school and learning costs
Ofsted inspection reports

Ofsted parent view
Department for Education - performance tables
Department for Education - school admissions code

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