Starting secondary school September 2023

If you have a child born between 1 September 2011 and 31 August 2012, you must apply for your child to start secondary school in September 2023.

In this section

Key dates

  • The deadline for on-time applications is Monday 31 October 2022.
  • National offer day is Wednesday 1 March 2023.

Schools open evenings Autumn 2022 

Every year, schools hold open evenings for parents to provide information specific to their schools.

Information on when school open evenings will be taking place can be found in the Starting Secondary School 2023 leaflet (PDF) [275KB], or by checking a school's website.  

Before you apply

Proof of address

You will be required to provide proof of address as part of your application. To find out more about what proof is accepted, read our Proof of address guide (PDF) [151KB].

Please note: When you apply online, you will not be able to attach any documentary evidence until after you have submitted your application.

Grammar schools 2023

Please view our designated grammar schools web page for advice and support.

How to apply

The closing date for applications is Monday 31 October 2022.

Apply for a secondary school place

Supplementary information

Some schools, such as faith schools, require a supplementary information form (SIF) to be completed and submitted, as part of the school place application. This is so that they can decide which pupils should have the highest priority when making offers.

SIFs are available directly from each school and their website. They must be returned to the school or to the address provided by the school by the specified deadline, which may differ between schools. 

The following schools require SIFs to be completed in order to process applications. SIFs can only be considered if they have a direct bearing on oversubscription criteria or for the purpose of selection by aptitude or ability. 

Schools must still accept applications without a completed SIF, as all schools have to consider 'other applicants'. 

The following schools consider faith as a criterion; please select the name of the school to obtain a supplementary form.


The following provide information on furthest distances offered for secondary schools. 

Page last updated: 01 Sep 2022