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Admission to secondary and high school September 2021 entry

If your child will be in year 6 at a primary or junior school or year 8 in a middle school in September 2020, you will need to apply for a place at secondary or high school to start in September 2021. See the timetable for key dates in the process.

Moving from overseas

If you are moving to Staffordshire from abroad, please see the information on moving from overseas.

Changing schools during the academic year

If you want to apply to change schools during the academic year, or your child does not currently have a school place, please see the information on in-year admissions.

Further information

Our online search and compare tool will help you to find information about your nearest schools, including performance information, teacher/pupil ratios and much more. 

You can also find information on:

  • how places were allocated for September 20182019 and 2020 entry


Please see the timeline below which includes important points to consider prior to making your application.


The application system opened on 1 September 2020. You should only use this system if your child lives within Staffordshire. 

  • You are strongly advised to make more than one preference.
  • If you are applying for an academy, foundation or voluntary aided school you may need to provide extra information or submit a supplementary form.


Applications will close on 31 October 2020.

  • Last year there were over 200 late applications. This may have affected the outcome of these applications.


Applications sent to and received from other local authorities.

Application details and supporting documentation sent to academies, aided and foundation schools.


Academies, aided and foundations schools forward lists of all preferences ranked in accordance with their admission arrangements to the county council.


Provisional offers shared between local authorities.


Final offers exchanged between local authorities.


Parents receive outcomes on National Offer Day, 1 March 2021.

March - August

Processing of late applications and any available places allocated from waiting lists.

May - July

Appeals heard by independent appeal panels.



Making an application

Applications have now closed.

You can make a late application by completing the paper application form. You can then either:

School Admissions and Transport Service, Staffordshire County Council, 1 Staffordshire Place, Stafford, ST16 2DH 

Applications for The Rural Enterprise Academy (TREA)

TREA will be an 11-16 school from September 2021 and is therefore open to applications for year 7, as well as year 9. Please complete a paper application form as online applications have now closed.

Applications for JCB Academy

Applications remain open until 31 January 2021.  If you wish to apply please do so by completing the paper application form.

For a year 10 place, please apply to the academy directly.

Applications for University technical college (UTC)

Please see the UTC page for further information on how to apply.

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