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Secondary school admissions

Children born between 1 September 2006 and 31 August 2007 (or currently educated in year 6) should start secondary school in September 2018.

If you live in the borough of Reading, you must apply to Reading Borough Council for any state secondary school, even if the school you are applying for is in another council area.

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

Timetable for applications

By 12 September 2017 - application packs sent to primary schools

12 September 2017 - online application system opens

16 and 17 September 2017 - online application system unavailable due to systems maintenance

31 October 2017 - closing date for applications

1 March 2018 - national offer day for on-time applications

15 March 2018 - deadline to accept offered place

16 March 2018 - late applications processed

29 March 2018 - deadline for appeals to be lodged

31 August 2018 - admissions round ends

How to apply

The deadline for on-time applications for secondary school places starting September 2018 was midnight on 31 October 2017. Any applications received after that date are treated as 'late applications' and will be considered after all on-time applications have been allocated. If an application is received by the admissions team between 31 October and 31 December 2017, the admissions team can accept this as having been received on time if a good reason for it being late can be proved - for example, a family moving into the area or illness preventing a single parent from making an on-time application. Any applications received after 31 December 2017 will be considered as late, regardless if supporting evidence is provided.

If your child lives in Reading and you have not yet applied, or if you have changed your mind about your preferred schools, please complete our pdf icon late application form [84kb]. If this is received after 31 December 2017 then your previous application will be withdrawn and the new application marked as late so please consider carefully using this option before the offer date. 

Please read our  pdf icon Secondary School Admissions Guide [3Mb] before making your application. The guide gives information on how your application will be considered for each school and each school's admission policy. If you would like a paper copy of this document, please contact your child's current school or contact the admissions team on 0118 9373777.

Some schools ask you to complete a supplementary form as well as your application to us (see below).

Supplementary forms and registration for tests

Some schools have their own form which you will need to complete as well as the secondary school application form. These forms are not essential but will help the school to decide how to rank your child. Post these forms directly to the schools.

pdf icon Blessed Hugh Faringdon Catholic School [568kb] - religious denomination

Reading Girls School - selective stream

John Madejski Academy - sports aptitude

pdf icon Maiden Erlegh in Reading supplementary form [427kb] - pupil premium

Pupil premium - more information

Reading has two selective state grammar schools:

  • Reading School for boys
  • Kendrick School for girls

Registration for the tests for these schools had to be before September 2017. Results will be sent before the application round closes so parents can decide whether to include the grammar schools as a preference on their application form based on their score. Please see school's website for details before making your application.


Your catchment school

Find your catchment area school

Your catchment area school(s) (also known as designated area school(s)) 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.

Our school search  allows you to find your catchment area school but it only covers schools within the borough, so does not include schools in other council areas that you may be in the catchment for.

Not all addresses have a catchment area school.

The pdf icon admissions guide [3Mb] gives more information on catchment areas

Children with special educational needs

If your child has special educational 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 to support their special needs, 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 differently. You may find our pdf icon SEN guide [343kb] of use or you may wish to call to your SEC case officer for more information.

School offers

National offer day for secondary schools - Tuesday 1 March 2018.

Online applicants will receive an email and be able to access the online service to see details of their offer after 9am that day. 

We send all applicants a formal offer letter, posted second class to the home address given in the application. This letter will include information about how to accept or decline the offer.

If you applied using a paper form, please note we will not give out information by phone or email, you will have to wait until you receive your letter. The only way to find out which school your child has been offered is to apply online. 

University technical colleges and other schools with unusual admissions rounds

If your child will be in year 10 in September 2018 then you may wish to apply for a place at a university technical college (UTC) or studio school. Information on the UTCs and studio schools in Reading or bordering authorities can be found in the pdf icon admissions guide [3Mb].

Some schools require application through local authority, in which case you should return your completed word icon year 10 application form [165kb] to the admissions team by 31 October 2017.

To apply to UTC Reading, please apply directly to the school.

Sixth form

For a place in a school sixth form, please apply directly to the school. Our pdf icon Sixth Form Guide [261kb] gives more information about the admission policy for each sixth form in Reading.

Help with school transport and costs

Neighbouring authorities

Bracknell Forest Borough Council - 01344 354 023 or

Buckingham County Council - 01296 383 250 or

Hampshire County Council - 0300 555 1377 or

Oxfordshire County Council - 01865 815 175 or

Royal Borough of Windsor and Maidenhead Council - 01628 683870 or

Slough Borough Council - 01753 875728 or

West Berkshire Council - 01635 519 771 or

Wokingham Borough Council - 0118 974 6143, 0118 974 6111 or

Other useful phone number can be found in the pdf icon Moving on to Secondary School Guide for Parents and Carers 2018/19 [3Mb]

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