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Starting secondary school in September 2021

The application process for transferring from primary school to secondary school in September 2021 is now underway and parents/carers have until the national closing date of 31 October 2020 to submit an application for their child.  

Please note that it does not matter how soon you submit your application as long as you submit it by the closing date.  

All applications received by the closing date will be treated equally.  However, if you submit your application after the closing date it will be processed as a late application and this could result in your child not receiving an offer at your preferred school.

We have collected information from our pupil database in order to target children who are in their final year at primary school and a letter has been sent to parents/carers of Rutland resident children, advising them of the need to apply for a secondary school place for their child.  

If you live in Rutland but have not received a letter from us, please contact the admissions services as soon as possible so we can check that we have your child's details and that they are correct:

Call: 01572 722577 

Email: admissions@rutland.gov.uk

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 closing date for applications is 31 October 2020

Apply online

Online applications must be submitted by 23:59 on 31 October 2020.

If you would prefer to submit a paper application, you can print out and complete the secondary school application form or contact us to ask for a copy to be posted out to you.  

Paper applications must be received at the Council offices at Catmose by 4pm on 31 October 2020.

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.

Information about the impact of COVID-19 on selective schools

The majority of selective state-funded schools operate written tests to assess ability or aptitude.  These tests normally take place in September so that parents receive the results of their child’s test before the national closing date for secondary school admissions on 31 October.

However, as part of the national measures to limit the spread of COVID-19, the numbers of children and young people attending schools was limited and, as a result, it is felt that no child is likely to perform to their utmost ability in a test at the beginning of September and would likely benefit from as much time back in education as possible before being assessed.  

The DfE is therefore advising grammar schools and selective schools to delay their tests this year, until late October.  This means that parents who wish to apply for a place at a selective school may not receive their child’s test results before having to submit their secondary school application on 31 October.

We would therefore strongly advise that if you are considering a selective school for your child, that you continue to submit a preference for that school on your application but also consider adding non-selective schools to your application, as second and third preferences, to ensure that your child is being considered for other schools should they not be successful in securing a place at the selective school.  If you only submit a preference for the selective school and your child is unsuccessful at securing a place there, your child will be without a school place on offer day as they will not have been considered for any other school during the allocation process.

If you are considering a place for your child at a grammar school or selective school and wish to check when they will be carrying out their testing process, you should contact the school direct for information.

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: