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Secondary school admissions - year 7 intake

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You can apply for a secondary school year 7 place online. (The website is open for applications between 11 September 2018 and 31 October 2018 – see timetable below)

Children start secondary school in the academic year in which they turn eleven years of age. The first class they will attend is called is Year 7. The following classes are called year 8 through to year 11.

If your child or children were born between 1 September 2007 and 31 August 2008, they will start secondary school in September 2019.

Your child won't automatically be allocated a place; you have to apply. In September 2018, you'll be invited to submit your preferences for the secondary school you'd like your child to attend.


The application process

Parents of children who live in Middlesbrough will be invited to submit a preference for a secondary school place in the September of the school year in which the child is in Year 5.

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

You can state a preference for up to three schools. To increase your chances of being offered a school of your choice, we strongly advise that you name three schools on your application. Your choices can include schools outside of Middlesbrough.

You must make your application to the council for the area in which the child’s home address is, even if you're applying for schools outside of that area. It's your child's home address which decides which council you must apply to, not the address of the school.

For example, if your child lives in Middlesbrough, you must apply to Middlesbrough Council's School Admissions Team. You can apply for schools within Middlesbrough or any school outside of Middlesbrough. If you choose to apply for schools outside of Middlesbrough, for instance a school in Stockton, we would then talk to Stockton Council's School Admissions Team about that school's places. You don't need to apply to both councils. If you make an application to a School Admissions Team for an area where your child doesn't live, it won't be accepted.

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 2018 to February 2019 Preferences considered
1 March 2019 Emails and/or letters to parents confirming outcome of application
May/June 2019 Appeals as required

How school places are allocated

Each school has a set number of places available and an admissions criteria. If there are less applications than the admission number, than all applications will be accepted and offered a place at that school. If there are more applications than places, the applications will be treated in the following manner:

  • All preferences for a school, whether they are first, second or third preference, will be considered equally
  • The published admissions criteria for the school is applied to all preferences to rank the applications in order. (Late applications will be considered after all those on time applications have been considered.)
  • This ranked list of applications is then used to allocate places at the school up to the maximum admission number

Parents are then offered a place at the school with the highest preference that can be met.

If none of your school preferences can be met, your child will be allocated a place at the nearest appropriate school which has places available. This means it's in your best interests to put three school preferences on your application, to maximise the chances of your child being offered a place at one of your preferred schools.

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 and their admission numbers. View the Primary and Secondary Education in Middlesbrough document.

Appeals procedure

If a school is unable to offer your child a place, you can appeal against the decision.

Waiting lists

Waiting lists will be maintained for those unsuccessful in gaining a place at their preferred school for admissions to the Reception year and Year 7. The waiting lists will be maintained until 31 December of the intake year, after which time they will close.

If places become available, they will be allocated according to the schools' over-subscription criteria.

If appeals are pending, places will still be allocated from the waiting lists before appeals are heard.