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Secondary school admissions

Make a late secondary school application

Children born between 1 September 2007 and 31 August 2008 - or currently being educated in year six - should start secondary school in September 2019.

If you live within the borough of Reading, you must apply to Reading Borough Council for any state secondary school, even if the school you would like 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. See our Useful Links for School Admissions at the bottom of this page for contact information for neighbouring councils.

Timetable for applications

By 12 September 2018 - application packs sent to primary schools

12 September 2018 - online application system opens

31 October 2018 - closing date for applications

1 March 2019 - national offer day for on-time applications

15 March 2019 - deadline to accept offered place

16 March 2019 - late applications processed

29 March 2019 - deadline for appeals to be lodged

31 August 2019 - admissions round ends

How to apply (after 31st October 2018)

The deadline for on-time applications for secondary school places starting September 2019 was midnight on 31 October 2018. Any received after that date are treated as 'late applications' and will be considered after all on-time applications have been allocated (after 1st March 2019).

If an application is received by the admissions team between 31st October and 31st December 2018, the admissions team will review why the application was received late. The admissions team may accept this as having been received on time providing a good reason for the application being late is given - for example, a family moving into the area or illness preventing a single parent from making an on time application (supporting evidence from a professional will be required).

Any applications received after 31 December 2018 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 online form. If this is received by the team after 31st October 2018 then your previous application will be withdrawn and the new application marked as late so please consider carefully use of this option before the offer date.

Please read our pdf icon Secondary School Admissions Guide [940kb] before making your application. This guide provides 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.

Please note that some schools also require a supplementary form that you may wish to complete as well as your application to us. Please see below for more information.

Supplementary forms and registration for tests

Some schools have their own form which you will need to complete in addition to the local authority secondary school application form. These forms are not essential but will assist the school in ranking your child accordingly. Post these forms directly to the schools.

pdf icon Blessed Hugh Faringdon [572kb] - religious denomination

pdf icon Maiden Erlegh in Reading [275kb] - pupil premium

word icon Reading Girls School [308kb] - selective stream

pdf icon John Madejski Academy [120kb] - sports aptitude

Introduced in 2011, the pupil premium is a sum of money given to schools each year by the Government to improve the attainment of disadvantaged children. It is awarded to schools for children who: 

  • are Looked After by the Local Authority, 
  • have previously been looked after by the local authority 
  • children eligible for free school meals 
  • children have been eligible for free school meals in the last 6 years. 

If you are unsure if your child is eligible for priority for admission to school based on this criteria, please ask your child's current school. More information on Pupil Premium

Schools in other authorities may also have a supplementary form - e.g. Piggott School in Wokingham. Please see the website of the local authority in which the school is situated for more information if you are considering applying for these schools.

Reading has two selective state grammar schools:

  • Reading School for boys
  • Kendrick School for girls

Registration for the tests for these schools was required before September 2018. 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.

Catchment area schools

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) without a statement or education, health and care (EHC) plan or statement, they will be considered for a place at your preferred school in the standard way.

If your child has an EHC Plan to support their special needs, you must apply through the SEN team and we would advise you to discuss their secondary school transfer with your case officer as your application will be considered differently. You may wish to speak to your SEN case officer for more information.

School Offers

Tuesday 1 March 2019 is national offer day for secondary schools. If you applied online, you will receive an email and be able to access the online service to see the outcome of your application after 9am that day. 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.

If you applied using a paper form please note that we will NOT give out information by phone or telephone the details of your offer - you will need to wait until you receive your letter. Therefore if you would like to know the place offered to your child on offer day you need to apply online.

Please note we will only discuss the application with the person named on the application. If you wish for any other person to be authorised to discuss this application you will need to provide the team with a letter of written authority naming the person who can also be given information about the application.

University technical colleges and other schools with atypical admissions rounds

If your child will be in year 10 in September 2019 then you may wish to apply for a place at a university technical college (UTC) or studio school.

A list of the UTC's and Studio Schools in Reading or bordering authorities with routine admissions round and information about each school can be found in the pdf icon Moving on to Secondary School - Guide for Parents and Carers 2019/20 [940kb]. Some schools require applications through the Local Authority, in which case please use the word icon application form [107kb] and submit it to the admissions team by 31 October 2018. Any forms received after this time will be marked as late and may not be considered.

To apply for a place at UTC Reading, please apply directly to the school.

Applications to other year groups

Information on applications to other year groups that aren't part of routine admissions are known as in-year admissions.

Sixth form

For a place in a school sixth form, please apply directly to the school. Our pdf icon Sixth Form Guide [322kb] gives more information about the admission policy for each sixth form in Reading.  You can also find information on sixth forms from the school websites

School transport

Help with school transport and costs

Useful links

Neighbouring local authorities contact details

Bracknell Forest Borough Council - 01344 354 023/354 144 or
Buckinghamshire County Council - 01296 395 000 or
Hampshire County Council - 0300 555 1377 or
Oxfordshire County Council - 01865 815 175 or
Royal Borough of Windsor and Maidenhead Council - 01628 683 870 or
Slough Borough Council - 01753 875 728 or
West Berkshire Council - 01635 519 780 or
Wokingham Borough Council - 0118 974 6000 or

Other useful telephone numbers can be found in the pdf icon Moving on to Secondary School Guide for Parents and Carers 2019/20 [940kb].


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