2,300 families yet to apply for secondary school places

15 October 2019

Parents of children who are due to start secondary school in Nottinghamshire in September 2020 have just over two weeks to apply online for a place.

Across Nottinghamshire over 2300 families have still not applied for a school place. The application process for children transferring from primary schools to secondary schools in September 2020 closes at midnight on Thursday, 31 October 2019 (Halloween).

Nottinghamshire residents need to apply through Nottinghamshire County Council, even if they wish to apply for schools in other areas such as Nottingham City or Derbyshire.

Nottinghamshire County Council’s service director for education, learning and skills, Marion Clay, said: “If a child started in Year 6 at primary school this September, parents need to apply for a place at secondary school for next September by the end of this month.”

“Applying within the deadline and listing more than one preferred school is key. Parents must understand that listing only one school does not increase the chances of being offered a place at that school. And it’s not too late – parents can make changes to their preferences and application up until the deadline.  

“The good news is that last year, almost 98% of families who applied on time for a secondary school place were offered one of their preferred schools. And of those who were not successful for any of their preferences, over half had listed only one school in their preferences.

If parents miss the 31 October deadline, their application will be processed after all the on-time applications. By that time, the schools that parents would really like their child to attend might all be full. In that case the County Council will make an alternative offer of a place at a school which could be some distance from their home address.

The easiest way to apply for a place is online at

The Council’s committee chairman for children and young people’s services, Councillor Philip Owen, stressed : “It is crucial that parents give themselves the best possible chance to get their child into their preferred school - if the application is late or only one school is listed, this could substantially reduce their chances of getting their child into one of their preferred schools.

"The council processes all of the applications received by this date at the same time using schools’ oversubscription criteria to prioritise applications when necessary.”

Secondary school offers will be made on Monday, 2 March 2020. If parents apply online and have opted to receive an email outcome, they will receive notification that day. All those applying online can log in to view the outcome of their application.

For parents who apply by telephone or by completing a paper application, their offer will be sent by second-class post on Monday, 2 March 2020.

For more information about the application process, schools, the number of places available or how places are allocated, please visit:

 www.nottinghamshire.gov.uk/admissions  or call 0300 500 80 80. 

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