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Starting secondary school in September 2021

The closing date for submitting an application for a place at secondary school for September 2021 has now passed.

If you live in Rutland and have not submitted a secondary school application for your child you must contact us as soon as possible.

Call: 01572 722577 

Email: 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 received on time. If you wish to submit a late application you must submit it on the paper application form as the online Admissions Portal 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 coordinating 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 want to apply for a secondary school in another county, you must submit your application to us.  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 you we have published a secondary school admissions brochure which explains the process of applying for a secondary school place and provides information about school transport, the schools in Rutland and other helpful 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), to check eligibility for school transport and to make sure that all necessary information is included in your application.

The national offer day will be 1 March 2021.  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 available to view on the Admissions Portal from 00:01 on the morning of offer day.  

In addition, an automated email will be sent to you on the morning of offer day providing you with details of the school that has been offered to your child.  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 who submit a paper application.

If you are planning to send your child to a private or independent school you 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 for your child at an independent school, please let us know so that we can update your child's details accordingly.

The application form allows you to submit up to three preferences of secondary school.  We strongly encourage you to use all three 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.  This video below explains how your preferences will be processed: