It’s time to apply for your child’s secondary school place

10 August 2020

If your child lives in Nottinghamshire and is due to start secondary school in September 2021, you can apply from now until the closing date of Saturday 31 October 2020.

Councillor Philip Owen, Chairman for Children and Young People’s Services, said: “it might feel like a long way off but if your child is about to start in year 6 then it’s time to apply for a secondary school place for next year.  

“We know that starting a new school is a big milestone and your child may already have strong ideas about which secondary school they want - or don’t want - to attend.

“It is very important that you apply on time and you should identify four preferences.  The good news is that, last year, nearly 97% of families who applied for a secondary school place on time were offered one of their preferred schools.

If you apply late or only list one preference you may substantially reduce the chances of getting your child into your preferred school.”

Nottinghamshire residents need to apply to Nottinghamshire County Council even if their preferred schools are in other areas such as Nottingham City or Derbyshire.

The easiest way to apply is online at:
Parents who apply online will receive email confirmation that their application has been received.

When making their application, parents should:

1) Apply on time – by Saturday 31 October 2020.  Applying late significantly reduces the chances of your child being allocated one of your preferred schools, as places will have been allocated on National Offer Day to people who applied on time.

2) Use all 4 preferences – parents sometimes think that making only one preference will ensure that a place is allocated at that school, that is not the case and it is very important that they apply on time and identify all 4 school preferences. 

3) Check the admission oversubscription criteria – and include at least one school within the four preferences where their child will have high priority within the admission oversubscription criteria. Information about the criteria for Nottinghamshire schools can be found on the Council’s website. All secondary schools in Nottinghamshire have their own oversubscription criteria – this can vary from school to school.

 4) Include other relevant information - in the application, parents should mention any information which may affect how the admission oversubscription criteria are applied.  They should also tell the Council if they are moving house, as this may affect how their application is considered.  It is important to read the relevant sections in Admissions to schools: Guide for parents 2021-2022, which can be found:

Secondary school offers will be made on Monday 1 March 2021. If parents apply online an email will be sent on this day if they have opted to receive an email outcome. All online applicants can log in to the online application service to view the outcome of their application.

For parents who apply by telephone or by completing a paper application, the outcome of their application will be posted second class on Monday 1 March 2021.

For more information about the application process, schools, the number of places available or how places are allocated, please visit the website at or call 0300 500 80 80. 

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