All schools have admissions criteria to decide which children get places
For most secondary schools, there are more applicants than places available. All schools have admissions criteria to decide which children are offered a place.
The criteria are not the same for every school. They may give priority to children who:
Distance to school
The most common factor used is the distance from your home to the school, so we recommend you name your nearest school as one of your preferences. You can view a map showing secondary school admissions by distance to get an understanding of how these distances affected schools across the borough last year.
Read the admissions criteria
Some schools in the borough use our criteria for community schools (state-funded schools managed by the local authority), and others have their own criteria for deciding which children to admit. You can read the full criteria for community schools or visit school websites to read their criteria.
Do you need to complete a supplementary information form?
Some schools in the borough need to collect information that is not included in the application form. For these schools, you need to complete the school's supplementary information form as well as naming the school on your application.
Schools use this information to see which children meet their admissions criteria. For example, a faith school may ask for evidence of church attendance.
You can get supplementary information forms directly from the school, or download them from the school’s website. You should complete and return the form to the school directly by 31 October 2020.