Admission to Secondary and High School

September 2018 Admission - information on how to apply for a secondary/high school place for a September 2018 start will appear here early August.

For secondary school, over 92% of parents in Staffordshire have been allocated a place at their 1st preferred school with at least 97% being offered a place at one of their top 3 preferences.

For high school, 100% of parents in Staffordshire have been allocated a place at their 1st preferred school.

When will I receive my offer of a Secondary School Place?

If you made your application online then you will receive your offer by email on 01 March 2017.  Due to the volume of emails sent, we cannot confirm a time of when you should have received your email by (experience has shown that in previous years by about 1pm most emails have been received).  The email is official written confirmation of the outcome of your application.

If you applied using a paper form you will receive a letter in the post.  These were posted on Wednesday 01 March 2017. As we operate a second class postal system it may take a few days for your letter to reach you.

If you have not received official notification by 06 March 2017, you should telephone 0300 111 8007.

How were the Secondary School places allocated for September 2017?

School places were allocated using the published admission arrangements for each school. Please view the admissions criteria for all Staffordshire schools - please remember that the local authority is only responsible for community and voluntary controlled schools oversubscription criteria.

If you have not been successful in securing a place at your preferred school then it is because there were more applications made than available places.  Places have been allocated in accordance with the admission criteria for the school concerned and pupils who had a higher priority for a place have been allocated the available places.

Please view the PDF DocumentSummary of September 2017 Admissions to Secondary Schools (401 KB) for information on how places have been allocated. Please note that this information is accurate as at 24 February 2017 and is subject to change after this date.

What schools still have available places?

Please refer to the PDF DocumentSummary of Available Secondary Places (239 KB). This information is correct as at 24 February 2017 and is subject to change after this date.

If you wish to make a late application for any of the available places, Staffordshire residents may complete the paper application form or email the details to  Any late applications must be submitted through the local authority where you currently reside and not where the school is situated.  Staffordshire will begin the process of allocating places to late applications 10 school days after offer day.

If the Staffordshire school you wish to make a preference for is oversubscribed then you will be added to the waiting list and will be entitled to a right of appeal.

I am satisfied with the school that I have been offered. What do I need to do?

You do not need to do anything to accept the school place offered.  The school will contact you to confirm starting arrangements at a later date.

I have not been offered a place at my preferred school.

Will my child be placed on a waiting list?

All children who have been refused a place at a Staffordshire school will be automatically added to the waiting list. The waiting lists will be maintained until the end of the Autumn Term 2017.

Waiting lists for all Staffordshire schools are ranked using the admissions criteria for the school. Your child's position on a waiting list at a Staffordshire school can be obtained by emailing or telephoning 0300 111 8007.

It is important to note that a child's position on any waiting list is not fixed and is subject to change.

Guidance on waiting lists for schools that are not located within Staffordshire should be sought by contacting the relevant local authority.  Contact numbers for other local authorities can be found below.

Can I appeal?

If you have not been offered a place at one or more of your preferred schools then you have a statutory right of appeal. For Staffordshire schools please refer to our appeal page for guidance on how to appeal, including the relevant appeal forms. 

If you have not been successful in obtaining a place at a school that is located outside of Staffordshire and would like to appeal then please contact or visit the website for the relevant local authority. 

Why have I not been offered my catchment area school?

A place at a catchment area school will only have been offered if you made a preference for it or where places remained available.  If you did not name the catchment school as a preference, and it was oversubscribed, then places will only have been offered to those parents who applied in the first instance.

Is my child entitled to free home to school transport?

The Your Staffordshire card can help you travel on your local service bus at a reduced rate to your new high school.

Where your child has been assessed as eligible for free home to school travel assistance, then you will receive your child's travel pass through the post during the summer term.

Please refer to transport and travel assistance for further information on eligibility and transport policy.

If your child is in receipt of free school meals or you are receiving the maximum level of working tax credits then he/she may be entitled to travel assistance to school.  Further information and details of how to apply can be on the school transport for under 16s web page.

Other Authorities

Guidance on waiting lists for schools that are not located within Staffordshire should be sought by contacting the relevant local authority.

330 – Birmingham - 0121 303 1888

895 – Cheshire East - 0300 123 5012

830 – Derbyshire – 01629 537479

332 – Dudley - 01384 814223

855 – Leicestershire - 0116 305 6684

893 – Shropshire - 0345 678 9008

333 – Sandwell - 0121 569 6765

861 – Stoke - 01782 234598

894 – Telford & Wrekin - 01952 380901/3/4

335 – Walsall - 01922 652585

937 – Warwickshire – 01926 414143

336 – Wolverhampton - 01902 554176

885 – Worcestershire - 01905 822700




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