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Important dates for secondary school admissions

Important dates for the admission process for children starting secondary school in September 2020.


  • Schools open for visits: September/October 2019
  • Applications open (apply online): Sunday 1 September 2019
  • Closing date for applications: Thursday 31 October 2019 (we recommend that you submit your online application by 19 October 2019)
  • Closing date for supplementary forms (if required) to be returned to the school directly: Thursday 31 October 2019


  • Results for online applications: Monday 2 March 2020 (you will get an email in the evening telling you where your child has been offered a place)
  • If you applied by post, or if you haven’t been offered a place: we will send you the results by first class post on Monday 2 March 2020 (first class post does not guarantee next-day delivery)
  • Deadline for accepting your offer: Monday 16 March 2020 (if you applied online, you must accept the offer online – you should keep a record of your login details)


  • Closing date for appeals for community schools in the borough: Monday 30 March 2020 (admissions authorities of other schools may set the same or a later deadline)
  • Appeal hearings: June/July 2020 (if you submit an appeal after 30 March 2020, it may not be heard until the start of the academic year in September 2020)