Guide to moving up to secondary school

Last updated: 7 August 2023

If you miss the applications deadline

If you miss the application deadline, you'll need to submit a late application.

Information about deadlines is available on our later allocation rounds page.

If an application is late for the first round of allocations we will not look at it until after we've processed all those that were submitted before the deadline. The only exception would be if we received your application by 21 November and you have included independent evidence which we agree explains why you could not apply on time.

For example, you may have been ill for a long time, or there may have been a family bereavement, which prevented you from applying by the deadline. Moving into the area or being unaware of the deadline are not exceptional reasons for applying late.

See the Moving home section if you are an armed forces or Crown Servant family. If we receive your application and supporting evidence by 29 January we will treat your application as timely.

Key admission dates
Date we receive your application Do you think you have exceptional reasons for your late
Will your application be treated as on time? When will you know which school your child has been
By 31 October N/A Yes 1 March
By 21 November Yes - Evidence included and agreed Yes 1 March
By 21 November Yes – Evidence included but not agreed (or no evidence
No 1 March
By 31 December N/A No 1 March

From January 2024, see our information about later allocation rounds.