Starting secondary/upper school in September 2020

National Offer Day is 2 March 2020. If you made an online application, parents and carers will be able to log on to the Citizen Portal to view their child’s secondary/upper school allocation. If you completed a paper application form, you will receive a letter.

You can log on to the Citizen Portal here to see your child's school place offer.

If you have submitted an application for a school place for September 2020

For parents who submitted their application to the council by 31 October 2019, emails or letters will be sent on 2 March 2020 with notification of the school place offered.  Parents who applied on the Citizen Portal can also log on to see their school place offer. You can view the allocation profile (PDF, 201KB)here.  This gives information about how places were allocated and schools that may have vacancies for September 2019. 

IMPORTANT:  Parents do not need to contact the council or take any action if they are satisfied with the school place.  The school you have been allocated is now responsible for sending joining instructions to parents. For parents whose applications are late, between 1 November 2019 and 15 March 2020, school place offers will be sent on 24 April 2020 by letter.

Please note, if your child has been allocated a place at Ousedale School or Walton High, you will receive a separate letter from the school informing you which campus has been allocated.  Please do not contact the council to find out about campus allocations.

If you have not yet submitted an application

Please complete a secondary late application form (PDF, 344KB) as the Citizen Portal is not available for making late applications. When choosing your four school preferences we advise you to look on the Allocation Profile (PDF, 201KB) to see which secondary schools are oversubscribed.   Completed late application forms must be emailed to  Please note, forms must be emailed and not sent by post.

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If you no longer need the school place you have been offered

If you have made other arrangements for your child’s schooling, or have a change of family circumstances such as moving away, please email with your child’s name, date of birth, home address and details of the school your child will be attending. We are obliged to keep records of where children live and which school they attend.

If you have not been offered a higher preference school

If the school you are offered is not one of your higher preferences, this would have been due to the popularity of the schools you applied for and where your child was ranked in comparison to other applicants to these schools.  You can see the oversubscription criteria of the last child offered a school place at your preference schools on the allocation profile. (PDF, 201KB)

To pursue a higher preference school

If the school you are offered is not one of your higher preference, your child's name will automatically be added to the waiting list and you do not need to contact us.  You can also request an appeal. If you do request an appeal, you are advised not to decline the place you have been offered in case an appeal or waiting list is not successful. The following information applies to Milton Keynes schools only.

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Waiting lists

Waiting lists are ordered in line with the oversubscription criteria of each school and not by date received, so a child’s position on a list can move up or down. Waiting list position information will become available after 24 April 2020. Waiting lists will be held until 31 December 2020.  After that parents should check with the individual school to see whether the waiting list will continue to be held.


To appeal against not receiving a higher preference school please read all the information here You need to contact the school directly to request an Appeal pack. To facilitate appeals to be arranged prior to the end of summer term appeal requests should be submitted by 28 March 2020 but you should check this with individual schools. 

If you applied for a school in Buckinghamshire or Northamptonshire and have not been offered your choice

You need to contact the relevant local authority to enquire about waiting lists and appeals.

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Applying after the closing date

The closing date for applications was 31 October 2019.  Applying after this date means your preferences will be considered after all the preferences received on time have been allocated, reducing the possibility that you may get one of your preferences.

The online application process is not available after 31 October 2019. You will need to complete a secondary late application form (PDF, 344KB) if you are applying after this date and return the completed form to Please note, completed forms must be emailed and not sent by post.

If you apply late, the offer dates will be as follows:

Applications received between

Offer day

1 November 2019 to 15 March 2020

24 April 2020

16 March 2020 to 30 April 2020

22 May 2020

1 May 2020 to 31 May 2020

15 June 2020

1 June 2020 to 30 June 2020

13 July 2020

thereafter fortnightly

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Before applying

It is VERY important that you read a guide for parents and carers (PDF, 4.6MB) booklet which gives you all the information you need about the application and allocation process.

Research the schools that you are interested in applying to:

  • Visit schools you are interested in, most have open days you can go to (check the schools website for details).
  • Find your catchment area school (PDF, 4.6MB).  There is no guarantee that your child will be offered a place at your local school.  This will depend on how many applications are received for the places available.
  • Understand the admissions criteria for your preferred schools (read section D of the guide for parents and carers (PDF, 4.6MB) or visit the schools website for details).  This information should give you an indication of how likely your child is to be offered a place, especially for those schools that are oversubscribed.
  • Read the schools Ofsted reports, or visit school websites for information
  • Check the school league tables

Choosing school preferences

Once you have done your research you are ready to decide your preferred schools.  There is no right to a particular school place.  You can state four preferences for schools on your application. 

The school preferences you make are treated equally.  This means that no matter where you place a school in your list of preferences, it will be treated the same way as all other applicants who also chose that school, regardless of where they have placed the school in their list. 

The reason it is so important to list the schools in the order of preference is that if a place can be offered at more than one of your preferences, you will be offered the highest school possible from the list you provided. 

Naming other schools will not affect your chance of being offered a place at a higher preference school.  If there are no places available at any of your preferences, a school place will be offered at the nearest school to your home address with a place still available.

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Information relating to attending schools

Home to school transport

Parents and carers are responsible for ensuring their children attend school regularly and for arranging their safe arrival at school and journey home at the end of the day.  See if your child is eligible for assistance in getting to and from school and how to apply.

Free school meals

Parents and carers who receive certain benefits may be eligible for either pupil premium funding or free school meals.  Enquiries about free school meals should be made direct to individual schools.

Children with Special Educational Needs (SEN)

If you have any queries about your child’s special needs or wish to request a leaflet explaining the transfer process, please contact the SEN casework team.

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Last Updated: 30 March 2020