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Apply for a place at a secondary school

The closing date for on-time applications to secondary schools was 31 October 2017. You can still apply but please refer to the late application section.

Starting secondary school in September 2018

If your child will reach age 11 between 1 September 2017 and 31 August 2018 they will be due to start secondary school in September 2018. You should follow the steps shown on this page.

If your child is already in secondary education and needs to change schools, you should apply for an in-year admission instead.

Summary of the application process

There are seven steps in the application process:

Step 1: Research and choose schools to apply for

You research and choose the schools that you want to apply for. You should try to do this as early as possible.

More about researching and choosing schools

Step 2: Complete the application form

  • You complete the application form and return it to the local authority where you live.
  • You submit supporting documents with your application form if you are applying under exceptional social or medial criteria.

More about completing your application form and providing supporting documents

Step 3: Complete any supplementary forms

Some schools also ask for a supplementary form in addition to the application form. Where a supplementary form is needed, you must complete and return this to the school by their closing date.

More about supplementary forms

Step 4: Applications are assessed

Applications are ranked according to each school’s criteria. We then determine the best offer that can be made based on the order of preferences on your application form.

More about how applications are assessed

Step 5: We offer you a place

We will tell you the place that you have been offered on 1 March 2018.

More about how and when we offer you a place

Step 6: You accept or decline the place

You must accept or decline the place by 15 March 2018.

More about how to accept or decline a place

Step 7: If you don’t get a place at your preferred school

If you are unhappy with the school place that has been offered, you can appeal. For Surrey schools you must do this by the dates shown in the appeals timetable or the dates set out against each school in our directory of Surrey schools.

You can also add your child’s name to the waiting list for your preferred school.

More about waiting lists and appeals