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Secondary school admissions


You can apply for a secondary school place online.

Children start secondary school in the academic year in which they turn eleven years of age.

If your child was born between 1 September 2005 and 31 August 2006, he or she will be due to start secondary school in September 2017.

Parents will be invited to submit their preferences for the secondary school they'd like their child to attend.

Your child won't automatically be allocated a school place; you have to apply.

The application process

Preference forms will be sent via the child's primary school in September 2016. These forms need to be completed and returned by 31 October 2016.

Parents can also apply online using the login details sent with the preference form. Find out more about the online admissions system.

Under the Co-ordinated Admissions Scheme, preference forms will be distributed by the local authority under which the child's home address falls. Parents wishing to apply to a school in another local authority area should complete the details on the application and the 'home' local authority will act as a co-ordinator between the other neighbouring authorities.

More information

A booklet is available containing information and help on the transition to secondary school. It also includes details of individual schools' admissions criteria. View the Primary and Secondary Education in Middlesbrough document.

Timetable for secondary school admissions, September 2017 intake

9 September 2016 Letters sent to parents with common application form and on-line details
31 October 2016 Closing date for return of forms or online applications
November-February 2017 Preferences considered
1 March 2017 Letter to parents confirming outcome of application
May/June 2017 Appeals as required

In the event that you aren't happy with the school that has been offered, there is an appeals procedure.

If you have any queries regarding school admissions please contact us.