Late applications and changes of preference - secondary schools

Changes of preference

Once you have submitted your application you can make a change to your preferences (including the order of your preferences) at any time up to the closing date of 31 October 2023. If the closing date has passed, we may be able to make a change to your preferences if there is good reason for doing this, such as a change of address - supported by written details and evidence – but only if the details are received by 12 December 2023.

Any changes without good reason or that are requested after 12 December will not be taken into account until after 1 March 2024 when waiting lists are formed.

Late applications

If you submit your application without a good reason after the deadline, your application will be treated as late. This may affect the possibility of your child being offered a place at one of your preferred schools.

Between 1 November and 12 December 2023

We expect all applicants to apply by the closing date, even if they plan to move address. If there is a genuine reason for late application that means you could not reasonably have applied before the closing date supported by written details and evidence, we will treat your application as on time only if the details reach us by 12 December 2023.

After 12 December 2023

All applications received after 12 December 2023 will be treated as late applications and only considered after all on-time applications have been processed. It is likely that there will be no vacancies at the school(s) you applied for, as these will have been allocated to those applying on time. However, if there are vacancies we will co-ordinate offers of places to these schools for late applicants, based on each school's admission criteria. If there are no vacancies your child may be placed on the waiting list for the school(s) you have applied for.

After 1 March 2024

Any application received after 1 March 2024 will be treated for waiting list purposes alongside on time applications, with any places allocated according to each school's admission criteria and not according to whether the application was received on-time or late or the date the child was added to the waiting list.

Applications received towards the end of the summer term or during the summer holidays may not receive an outcome until the start of the autumn term, due to school closures during the summer break.

Apply online

You can make a late application online using the eAdmissions website until 19 August 2024. Please read the information on making an application using the following link and go to Step 2 to make your application online.

Apply for a place at a secondary school

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