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Secondary school admissions

If your child was born between 1 September 2004 and 31 August 2005, and you want them to start state secondary school in 2016 you should already have applied for a place. If not, please find out about applying late

If you applied online, you will receive an email and be able to access the online service  from 9am on Tuesday 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 in 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 2015 - application packs sent to primary schools

12 September 2015 - online application system opens

31 October 2015 - closing date for applications

1 March 2016 - national offer day for on-time applications

15 March 2016 - deadline to accept offered place

15 March 2016 - late applications processed

14 April 2016 - deadline for appeals to be lodged

Late applications

You need to complete a pdf icon late application form [85kb] if you have not yet applied or if you 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. The pdf icon Secondary School Admissions Guide [3Mb] gives details of the application and allocation process.

Supplementary forms

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

pdf icon Blessed Hugh Faringdon Catholic School [230kb]

pdf icon Maiden Erlegh in Reading [439kb]

pdf icon Reading Girls School [84kb]

pdf icon Prospect School [187kb]

John Madejski Academy

Your catchment school

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Grammar schools

Reading has two selective state grammar schools:

Reading School - for boys

Kendrick School - for girls

Years 9, 10, 12 and 13 admissions

Reading School has a routine admission into year 9

UTC Reading has a routine admission into year 10

You will also need to complete an pdf icon Upper School Application Form [52kb].

Our pdf icon Sixth Form Guide [131kb] gives information on admission policies for years 12 and 13 for the schools in Reading.

Special needs

If your child has a statement or EHCP you still apply for the secondary school in the same way, but your application will be considered in a different way. You should talk to your case officer, contact the Information, Advice and Support Service for SEND and read our pdf icon SEN guide [343kb] about your application.