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Starting Secondary School in September 2020

The closing date for submitting an application for a place at secondary school for September 2020 has now passed.

If you live in Rutland and have not submitted a secondary school application for your child please contact us as soon as possible.  The Admissions Service can be contacted by telephone on 01572 722577 or by email at admissions@rutland.gov.uk

An application may still be submitted but as it will be received after the closing date it will be treated as 'late' and processed after those applications that were submitted on time.  If you wish to submit a late application you must submit it on the paper application form as the online application service for secondary school admissions is now closed.  You can download and print out a copy of the Secondary School Application Form or if you would like a copy posting out to you please let us know.

Each local authority is responsible for co-ordinating the secondary school admissions process for children resident within their local authority area.  This means that parents must submit an application to the Council where they live, even if they want to apply for a place at a school in another local authority area.  For example, if you live in Rutland but would like to apply for a secondary school place in another county, you must submit your application to Rutland County Council.  If you live in another county but want to apply for a place at a Rutland secondary school you must submit your application to the Council where you live.

To assist parents we have produced a Secondary Admissions Brochure which explains the process of applying for a secondary school place  and where you can find further information.  It is important that you read the information contained in the brochure before submitting your application to ensure that you are aware of your preferred schools' admission arrangements (policy) and to check eligibility for school transport

The national offer day will be 2 March 2020.  The national offer day ensures that offers of places are sent out on the same day to all parents throughout the country.  It is important to note that if you submit your application online your offer will be sent by email on offer day and will be available to view on the admissions website.  If you submit a paper application your offer will be sent by first class post on offer day.  As a result, parents who submit their application online are likely to receive their offer before those that submit a paper application.

Parents who are planning to send their child to a private/independent school should not use the local authority application form but should, instead, contact the preferred school direct.  If you do intend to apply for a place at a private/independent school please let us know so that we can update your child's details accordingly.

Before submitting your application it is important to note that the application form will allow you to submit up to 3 preferences of secondary school.  We strongly encourage you to use all 3 preferences so that your child has the best opportunity of receiving an offer at a preferred school.  Submitting a second and third preference will in no way affect your chances of receiving an offer at your first preference school.  The video below explains how your preferences will be processed.


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