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Secondary school admissions - year 7 intake

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You can apply for a secondary school year 7 place online. The website is open for applications between 11 September 2021 and 31 October 2021 - 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 2010 and 31 August 2011, they will start secondary school in September 2022.

Your child won't automatically be allocated a place; you have to apply. In September 2021, 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 four schools. To increase your chances of being offered a school of your choice, we strongly advise that you name four 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 2022 intake

11 September 2021 Letters sent to parents with application form and online details
31 October 2021 Closing date for return of forms or online applications
November 2021 to February 2022 Preferences considered
1 March 2022 Emails and/or letters to parents confirming outcome of application
May/June 2022 Appeals as required

Secondary school open events

Secondary schools usually hold open events in the autumn term to allow parents and children a chance to visit during the secondary school application process. View the year 7 open events for autumn 2021.

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, third or fourth 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 four 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.

As a parent, you're legally responsible for making sure your child attends school. In some cases, we can offer some pupils help with travel between home and school. Find out more about home to school travel assistance.

If you have questions about school admissions, 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 for schools in Middlesbrough until 31 December of the intake year, after which time they will close. If you've applied for schools outside of Middlesbrough, you'll need to check with the council for that school's area about how their waiting list is maintained.

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.