If you live in Kirklees please follow the application process below, still use this even if your preferred school is outside of Kirklees.
You still need to apply for a place at a secondary school even if your child has siblings at the secondary school.
Guidelines for applying
Please read the Guide for parents - secondary school admissions before applying for your secondary school place.
1. When you need to apply
If your child is in year 6 then you must apply for a place at secondary school. Each year applications are open between September and October.
You can apply to a secondary school between 1 September and 31 October, applying later than this is considered a late application unless in Kirklees judgement there are significant and exceptional reasons for it not being received on time.
When to apply for a secondary school based on your childs date of birth Child is born between Starts secondary school Apply between 1 September 2008 - 31 August 2009 September 2020 1 September - 31 October 2019 1 September 2009 - 31 August 2010 September 2021 1 September - 31 October 2020 1 September 2010 - 31 August 2011 September 2022 1 September - 31 October 2021 1 September 2011 - 31 August 2012 September 2023 1 September 2022 - 31 October 2022
If you apply after the deadline of 31 October 2019, your application will be considered as late. Late applications are not considered until all on-time applicants have been allocated school places.
Late applications received after 2 January 2020 will be processed as part of the re-allocation period. This is a 'two-week window' after national offer day where Kirklees parents/carers can write to Kirklees Pupil Admissions and change the school preference(s).
Late applications severely reduce your applications success.
2. Choosing your preferred schools
Before applying, research the schools in your area It's also advisable to:
- Visit secondary school open evenings
- Read the school's most recent Ofsted reports
- Check the school league tables
It is strongly advised that you apply for a School in your priority admission area(PAA). It is called this because children living there normally have priority admission over children who live elsewhere. It is also referred to as the catchwork area.
You can still apply for schools outside of your PAA but you are at a disadvantage.
Parents/carers are strongly advised to apply for three secondary schools, these are your first, second and third secondary school preferences. This is in case a place is not available at the first preference.
If you child qualifies at more than once school you will be offered a place at the higher preference school.
3. How places are allocated
If there are fewer applicants than there are places available, everyone who applies will be offered a place. When there are more applicants than there are places available children are offered places by using the admission criteria which are considered in order. These criteria can also be called oversubscription criteria.
In Kirklees the admission criteria for community and voluntary controlled schools are:
- Priority 1 - children in public care (looked after children) or a child who was previously looked after in England.
- Priority 2 - children who were previously in state care outside of England and ceased to be as a result of being adopted.
- Priority 3 - children who live in the schoold's Priority Admission Area (PAA) who have a brother or sister attending from the same address at the date of admission (the sibling rule).
- Priority 4 - children who live in the school's PAA.
- Priority 5 - children who live outside the school's PAA who have a brother or sister attending from the same address at the date of admission (the sibling rule).
- Priority 6 - children who live outside the school's PAA.
Community and voluntary controlled schools will admit a child with Special Educational Needs where the school is named on the Education Health and Care Plan.
4. The three stages of your application on Kirklees Parent Portal
The three stages of your application on Kirklees Parent Portal
If you do not complete all three stages, your application is not complete and cannot be processed.
Stage 1 Create an account (if you have not already created one in a previous year). If you are the legal parent/carer, enter your details and follow the link that will be sent to the email address you have used. The process will verify your account and provide you with a link that will take you to the login page of the Kirklees Parent Portal.
Stage 2 Add your child's details (if you have not already added them in a previous year)
Stage 3 Add your three preference schools. Check the application and then submit the application.
5. Changing your application
Up to the closing date of 31 October 2019, you may change your preferences in the parent portal if you have not received an email to say Kirklees local authority has downloaded your application.
If you have received an email to say the local authority has downloaded your application you can only change your school preferences by sending your changes in an email to: firstname.lastname@example.org.
After the closing date you cannot change your preferences without a genuine reason for doing so, such as a significant change of address, in which we will require proof of.
6. Timetable for admission to secondary school in September 2020
Date Information From Monday 2 September 2019 an information leaflet is distributed to parents/carers by primary schools or posted for Kirklees children attending a primary school in another local authority. Sunday 1 September 2019 Applications can be made from this date. All applications must be made online. September and October 2019 Open evenings are held for the majority of secondary schools in Kirklees Thursday 31 October 2019 This is the closing date for applications. Remember that a late application can severely reduce your chances of obtaining a place at your preferred school. Monday 2 March 2020 Parents/carers can log on to the Kirklees parent portal from 08:30 am to see their offer of a school place and an email offer will be sent during the day to the email address the parent/carer used when submitting their application. Monday 30 March 2020 The last day for requesting an appeal for starting community and voluntary controlled schools in September 2020. Academies, free schools, trust schools and voluntary aided schools may have different closing dates for appeals. You must contact them directly. May 2020 onwards Appeal hearings take place. Thursday 31 December 2020 Waiting lists close for community and voluntary controlled schools. Academies, free school, trust schools and voluntary aided schools may have different closing dates for waiting lists. Please contact them directly.
7. Secondary school Supplementary Information Form (SIF)
If you name any of the following academies, free schools, voluntary aided Catholic or voluntary aided Church of England schools amongst your preferences, you should ensure that you complete the school's Supplementary Information Form (SIF).
You must return your completed SIF to the school and also complete an online Kirklees application.
Previously looked after child (PLAC) SIF
If you are requesting admission to school under the previously looked after child (PLAC) criteria you need to complete and return this SIF to Kirklees pupil admissions: Previously looked after child (PLAC)
How to apply
You can apply online for a school place in September 2020, between 1 September 2019 and 31 October 2019. If you apply after this date it can severely reduce your chances of obtaining a place at your preferred school.
Clock Completing this form takes around 20 minutes
To complete this form you will need;
- A valid email address
- Your child(s) name and date of birth
- Your address
- The names of your first, second and third school preferences.
- Details of brothers or sisters who are attending the same school
Please read the Guide for parents - secondary school admissions before applying for your primary school place.Apply online
Contact Pupil Admissions
- Email email@example.com
- Phone 01484 225007