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Important dates for secondary school applications

Check when you need to apply for a school place, when school place offers are sent out and when children start school

Key dates in 2017 and 2018

Date What happens
1 September 2017 School application process starts. It's time to find out about schools in your area and apply for a school place.
31 October 2017 The deadline to apply for a school place is 11:59pm.
22 January 2018 The deadline to apply late for a school place with a good reason.
February 2018 Applications are looked at and school places are decided.
1 March 2018 National Offer Day.

If you applied online you'll get an email from school admissions to let you know the outcome of the application.

If you applied by post, a letter will be sent to you by first class post.
16 March 2018 The deadline to accept or refuse the school place offered.

If you don't reply the offer could be removed.
29 March 2018 Deadline to make an appeal if your child wasn't offered a place at one of the schools you listed as the first, second or third preference.
April to August 2018 Appeals are discussed and decided at meetings called appeal hearings.

Children in the reallocation pool are offered school places as they become available.
September 2018 Children start school.

More information

Read our Guide to apply for a secondary school place (PDF 1.3MB).