England secondary school applications deadline approaches

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Wednesday 18 October 2023

Tags: education, secondary school offer, secondary school

The deadline for applying for a secondary school place in England is Tuesday 31 October.  

If you’re applying for a place for your son or daughter, then we have advice for you.  

(Note: This is for applications for children without Education, Health and Care (EHC) plans. Read more about the admissions system for children with EHC plans.)

Visit our webpage on applying for a school place to find out: 

  • How the admissions process works. 
  • How to apply for a school place for your child. 
  • What are the “oversubscription criteria” schools use to offer places. 
  • When to expect an offer. 
  • What to do if you’re not happy with it.

Our webpage on finding the right school explains where you can find information about the schools you’re looking at, and what kind of questions to think about when making your choice.  

You can also listen to our podcast episode about applying to a secondary school place. 

For other school-related queries, you can browse our education webpages, use our FAQs tool or contact our helpline team to get specialist advice. 

Read the Education Hub blog for further information from the Department for Education.

Don’t live in England?

Take a look at our education advice for families in ScotlandWales and Northern Ireland