Secondary school admissions

Children born between 1 September 2005 and 31 August 2006 should start secondary school in September 2017.

If you live in the borough of Reading (ie you pay your Council Tax to us) you must apply to Reading Borough Council for any state secondary school, even if the school you are applying for is in another borough.

If you live in another borough, you should apply to that council even if you want a place in a Reading school.

If you applied online, you will receive an email and be able to access the online service from 9am on Wednesday 1 March to see the outcome of your application. We will also send all applicants a formal offer letter, posted second class to the home address provided on the application. This letter will include information about how to accept or decline the place that has been offered. Find out what to do when you have received your offer.

Timetable for applications

By 12 September 2016 - application packs sent to primary schools

12 September 2016 - online application system opens

31 October 2016 - closing date for applications

1 March 2017 - national offer day for on-time applications

15 March 2017 - deadline to accept offered place

16 March 2017 - late applications processed

29 March 2017 - deadline for appeals to be lodged

31 August 2017 - admissions round ends

How to apply

All on time applications have now been processed and every child has been offered a place. If your child lives in Reading and you have not yet applied, have changed your mind about your preferred schools or want to be added to the waiting list of a school you did not list on your application, please download and complete our pdf icon late application form [79kb]‚Äč. 

You should read our pdf icon Secondary School Admissions Guide [986kb] before starting your application. The guide explains the allocation process and the admission policies of each school. You can get a paper copy of the guides through your child's current school or the admissions team (0118 937 3777).

Some schools ask you to complete a supplementary form as well as your application to us.

Supplementary forms and registration for tests

Some schools have their own forms which you will need to complete as well as the secondary school application form. You should post these forms directly to the schools.

pdf icon Blessed Hugh Faringdon Catholic School [334kb]

pdf icon Maiden Erlegh in Reading [367kb]

pdf icon Reading Girls School [84kb]

pdf icon Prospect School [187kb]

John Madejski Academy

Reading has two selective state grammar schools:

  • Reading School for boys
  • Kendrick School for girls

Registration for the tests for these schools has passed. 

Your catchment school

Find your catchment school

Your catchment area school (also known as designated area school) is the one for which your address has priority. You should consider including it in your application, although there is no guarantee you will get a place there. The admissions guide gives more details.

Special Educational Needs

If your child has special needs (SEN) but does not have a statement or Education, Health and Care (EHC) Plan or statement, they will be considered for a place at your preferred school in the same way as any other child.

If your child has a Statement or EHC Plan, you must still apply in the same way but we advise you to discuss their secondary school transfer with your case officer as your application will be considered in a different way. You may find our pdf icon SEN guide [343kb] of use or you may wish to call the Special Needs Helpline on 01189 372674.

Applications to other year groups

UTC Reading

Crescent Road, Reading, RG1 5RQ
Tel: 0118 938 1020
UTC Reading website or in the secondary school admissions guide.

The following schools in Oxfordshire also take applicants into year 10.

Bicester Technology Studio

Queens Avenue, Bicester, OX26 2NS
01869 203012
Bicester Technology Studios website

Space Studio Banbury

Ruskin Road, Banbury, OX16 9HY
Tel: 01295 257942
Space Studio Banbury website including admission policy

UTC Oxfordshire

Greenwood Way, Harwell, Didcot, OX11 6BZ
Tel: 07497 364221
UTC Oxfordshire website including admission policy:

More information about schools in Oxfordshire and how to apply.

Sixth form

For a place in a school sixth form, please apply directly to the relevant school. Our pdf icon Sixth Form Guide [284kb] gives more information about the admission policy for each sixth form in Reading. 

School offers

Which school has my child been offered?

If you applied online, you will receive an email and be able to access the Online Admissions Service to see the outcome of your application after 9am on Wednesday 1 March.

We will also send all applicants a formal offer letter (posted second class) to the home address provided in the application. This letter will give information about how to accept or decline the place offered. Please wait for this letter before contacting the Admissions Team.

I would like to accept the place offered to my child

If you are happy with the school your child has been offered, you need to accept the place as soon as possible. To do this, you will need the student ID number given on your letter so please wait until you have received this.

If you have not responded by 15 March, we will write to you again and if you do not respond within seven days, the place may be withdrawn.

My child hasn't been offered a place that I want

It may not have been possible to offer your child a place at your first preference school or, in some cases, at any school you listed as a preference. This will be because your preferred schools were oversubscribed and your child did not get a place according to the oversubscription criteria in the pdf icon Secondary Admissions Guide [986kb]pdf icon See how places have been allocated this year [115kb].

Reading Borough Council has a duty to offer a school place to all children living in Reading. If we have not offered you a place at one of the preferences you listed in your application, we will have offered a place either at your designated secondary school (if it has places available) or at the closest Reading school to your home address with places available.
We would encourage you to accept the place you have been offered, even if it is not your preferred school - accepting the place will not affect your position on a waiting list or your chances of winning an appeal (see below). If you decline the place, we will only withdraw it if you have an offer of a place at an alternative school.

If you wish to change or add a school to your list of preferences, please complete a pdf icon Late Application Form for Secondary School [85kb] as well as accepting the place you have been offered. Please indicate on the late application form all the schools whose waiting lists you wish to be on (including any from your original application). This will enable the admissions team to clearly see your order of preference.

Waiting lists

If you accept the place offered, your child will automatically be added to the waiting list of all your higher preference schools, unless you tell us otherwise. Waiting lists are ranked according to the published over-subscription criteria and not by length of time on the waiting list. As a result, your child's position on the waiting list may change as applications are added or places are offered. Schools must hold waiting lists until the end of December 2017. 

Your child's position on a waiting list is not affected by your acceptance of another school place offered to you. The acceptance form will ask you if you want to stay on the waiting list for your higher preference schools.


You also have the right to appeal against the decision not to offer your child a place at your preferred school. If you do wish to appeal, you should do this by 29 March 2017. We strongly advise that you accept the place offered in the meantime as it will not affect your chances of winning an appeal. Find out more about the appeals process.

Accept your school place - to do this you will need the student ID number given in your offer letter.

My child doesn't need the place they've been offered 

If you no longer need your place because you are moving out of the borough or your child has a place at an independent school, please decline the school place, so that it can be offered to someone else. To do this, you will need the student ID number provided in your offer letter.

Please note that we will only withdraw your offer if you have secured a place elsewhere - you will be asked to confirm this on the form.

How have places been allocated this year? 

pdf icon Our allocations table [115kb] shows how secondary school places have been allocated this year.

This has been done according to the published admission policy of the Admission Authority as detailed in the pdf icon Secondary Admissions Guide [986kb]

As at 1 March 2017, there are places available Prospect School, Reading Girls' School and John Madejski Academy. You can get information about over-subscribed schools outside Reading by contacting the appropriate local authority:

West Berkshire
South Oxfordshire

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