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Secondary school admissions


You can apply for a secondary school place online.

Children start secondary school in the academic year in which they turn eleven years of age.

If your child or children were born between 1 September 2007 and 31 August 2008, they will start secondary school in September 2019. They won't automatically be allocated a place; you have to apply. In September 2018, you will be invited to submit your preferences for the secondary school you'd like your child/ren to attend.

The application process

Preference forms will be sent via the child's primary school in September 2018 (or posted if primary school outside Middlesbrough). These forms need to be completed and returned by 31 October 2018.

Parents can also use the online admissions system to apply for places; login details are sent with the preference form.

Under the Co-ordinated Admissions Scheme, preference forms will be distributed by the local authority in which the child's home address is located (the 'home' local authority). Parents wishing to apply to a school in another local authority area should complete the details on the application and the 'home' local authority will act as a co-ordinator between the other neighbouring authorities.

More information

A booklet containing information and help on the transition to secondary school is available. It also includes details of individual schools' admissions criteria. View the Primary and Secondary Education in Middlesbrough document.

Timetable for secondary school admissions, September 2019 intake

11 September 2018 Letters sent to parents with application form and online details
31 October 2018 Closing date for return of forms or online applications
November-February 2019 Preferences considered
1 March 2019 Emails and/or letters to parents confirming outcome of application
May/June 2019 Appeals as required

Appeals procedure

If a school is unable to offer your child a place please view our appeals webpage