Starting secondary/upper school in September 2024

National offer day is 1 March 2024.  If you made an online application for a school place for September 2024, 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.

You can view the allocation profile here.  This gives information about how places were allocated and schools that may have vacancies for September 2024. 

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, submitted between 1 November 2023 and 11 March 2024, school place offers will be sent on 10 May 2024 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 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, 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.

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 10 May 2024.  Waiting lists will be held until 31 December 2024.  After that parents should check with the individual school to see whether the waiting list will continue to be held.

Some waiting list offers may be made in the second round. If you are happy with the school place offered on national offer day and no longer want to be considered for a higher preference school, you must let us know at

If you do not let us know, a waiting list offer may be made automatically.


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 31 March 2024 but you should check this with individual schools. 

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

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



Bedford Borough:

Central Bedfordshire:

Applying after the closing date

Applications can be made on the late application form for moving up to secondary school.  Completed applications must be returned by email to

When choosing your four school preferences we advise you to look on the allocation profile here to see which secondary schools are oversubscribed.   

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

Round Applications received by Offer day
2 1 November 2023 - 11 March 2024 10 May 2024
3 12 March 2024 - 5 May 2024 28 June 2024
4 6 May 2024 - 16 June 2024 17 July 2024
5 17 June 2024 - 31 July 2024 16 August 2024

Applications received thereafter will receive an outcome by 30 August 2024.

Important things to remember when applying:


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 on


Education Access Team (Secondary/Upper Schools)

Education Access Team contact information

Civic, 1 Saxon Gate East, Milton Keynes MK9 3EJ