Admission to secondary and high school
If your child will be in year 6 at a primary or junior school or year 8 in a middle school in September 2019, you will need to apply for a place at secondary/high school to start in September 2020.
If you are moving to Staffordshire from abroad, please see the information on moving from overseas.
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.
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:
Please see the timeline below which includes important points to consider prior to making your application.
Applications will open on 2 September 2019.
Applications will close on 31 October 2019.
- Last year there were over 400 late applications. This may have affected the outcome of these applications.
- The late application policy will apply to those applications made after the closing date.
Applications sent to and received from other local authorities.
Application details and supporting documentation sent to acadmies, 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, 2 March 2020.
March - August
Processing of late applications and any available places allocated from waiting lists.
May - July
Appeals heard by independant appeal panels.
The quickest and easiest way to apply is online.
What if I can't apply online?
Alternatively, you can complete the relevant paper application form. You can then either:
School Admissions and Transport Service, Staffordshire County Council, 1 Staffordshire Place, Stafford, ST16 2DH
What if I have a problem when I apply?
You can call us on 0300 111 8007 and select the option for 'School Admissions and Transport' or email email@example.com so we can help you.
University technical college (UTC) applications
Please visit JCB Academy's website for information on how to apply.
Please see the UTC page for further information on UTCs in and around Staffordshire and how to apply.