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Secondary school admissions - year 7 intake


You can apply for a secondary school year 7 place online. (The website is open for applications between 11 September 2019 and 31 October 2019 – see timetable below)

Children start secondary school in the academic year in which they turn eleven years of age. The first class they will attend is called is Year 7. The following classes are called year 8 through to year 11.

If your child or children were born between 1 September 2008 and 31 August 2009, they will start secondary school in September 2020.

Your child won't automatically be allocated a place; you have to apply. In September 2019, you'll be invited to submit your preferences for the secondary school you'd like your child to attend.

The application process

Parents of children who live in Middlesbrough will be invited to submit a preference for a secondary school place in the September of the school year in which the child is in Year 6.

Parents can also use the online admissions system to apply for places; login details are sent with the application information.

You can state a preference for up to three schools. To increase your chances of being offered a school of your choice, we strongly advise that you name three schools on your application. Your choices can include schools outside of Middlesbrough.

You must make your application to the council for the area in which the child’s home address is, even if you're applying for schools outside of that area. It's your child's home address which decides which council you must apply to, not the address of the school.

For example, if your child lives in Middlesbrough, you must apply to Middlesbrough Council's School Admissions Team. You can apply for schools within Middlesbrough or any school outside of Middlesbrough. If you choose to apply for schools outside of Middlesbrough, for instance a school in Stockton, we would then talk to Stockton Council's School Admissions Team about that school's places. You don't need to apply to both councils. If you make an application to a School Admissions Team for an area where your child doesn't live, it won't be accepted.

Timetable for secondary school admissions, September 2020 intake

11 September 2019 Letters sent to parents with application form and online details
31 October 2019 Closing date for return of forms or online applications
November 2019 to February 2020 Preferences considered
1 March 2020 Emails and/or letters to parents confirming outcome of application
May/June 2020 Appeals as required

Proposed new school – Outwood Academy Riverside

The free school application to open a new school in the Middlehaven area has been approved. The school is planned to open in September 2020. Applications are now being invited for the new school for Year 7 in September 2020. As Outwood Academy Riverside isn't open yet, it can't be included in the normal admissions process. Therefore, you'll need to complete a paper application form to apply. This paper application will be in addition to your online application for the schools currently available.

Once the school site and plans have been finalised, the two applications you submit will be combined to make one application. If you apply for 3 current schools online plus Outwood Academy Riverside (on paper), this means you'll have 4 school choices for September 2020.

Outwood Academy Riverside are having two open evenings which you're invited to attend. The details can be found in the table above. As the new school doesn't currently have a building, their open evenings are being held at the Riverside Stadium (TS3 6RS). You're encouraged to attend and find out all about this exciting new development for Middlesbrough.

Please note, any offer of a place at Outwood Academy Riverside is conditional on Outwood Grange Academies Trust entering into a funding agreement with the Department for Education.

If you wish to be considered for a place at Outwood Academy Riverside, please complete the paper application form which will be sent to all Year 6 students who live in Middlesbrough along with their secondary school application packs. Alternatively, you can download a copy now.

Further information and updates on the school's progress can be found on the Outwood Academy Riverside website.

How school places are allocated

Each school has a set number of places available and an admissions criteria. If there are less applications than the admission number, than all applications will be accepted and offered a place at that school. If there are more applications than places, the applications will be treated in the following manner:

  • All preferences for a school, whether they are first, second or third preference, will be considered equally
  • The published admissions criteria for the school is applied to all preferences to rank the applications in order. (Late applications will be considered after all those on time applications have been considered.)
  • This ranked list of applications is then used to allocate places at the school up to the maximum admission number

Parents are then offered a place at the school with the highest preference that can be met.

If none of your school preferences can be met, your child will be allocated a place at the nearest appropriate school which has places available. This means it's in your best interests to put three school preferences on your application, to maximise the chances of your child being offered a place at one of your preferred schools.

More information

A booklet containing information and help on the transition to secondary school is available. It also includes details of individual schools' admissions criteria and their admission numbers. View the Primary and Secondary Education in Middlesbrough document. Information about the individual schools can also be found on their own websites.

If you have questions, you can check our frequently asked questions page for the answers.

Appeals procedure

If a school is unable to offer your child a place, you can appeal against the decision.

Waiting lists

Waiting lists will be maintained for those unsuccessful in gaining a place at their preferred school for admissions to the Reception year and Year 7. The waiting lists will be maintained until 31 December of the intake year, after which time they will close.

If places become available, they will be allocated according to the schools' over-subscription criteria.

If appeals are pending, places will still be allocated from the waiting lists before appeals are heard.

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