Secondary schools

If your child’s time at primary school comes to an end next summer, then this autumn term is the time to start thinking about what secondary school you want them to go to.

Why start thinking now? Because your child won’t automatically be given a place at your local secondary school. You have to apply.

The law says that your child has a right to a place at a school, and you have the right to say what school you’d like them to attend. But that doesn’t mean that you will be offered a place at your favourite school.  There’s a lot to think about. Start planning now and there’s less chance that you’ll miss the deadline for applications and find that all the places at your favourite school have been taken.

Registering for the 11 Plus? Please go to the link for application information.

Related advice and information

  1. Applying for a secondary school place
  2. National Curriculum and Key Stages (GOV.UK)
  3. Types of schools (GOV.UK)
  4. 'Childcare' options for children aged over 11
  5. Making a complaint about a school
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