Secondary School Admissions - September 2022

Timetable for applications

31 October 2021 Closing date for applications
1 March 2022 National Offer Day for on-time applications
14 March 2022 Deadline to accept offered place
16 March 2022 Late applications processed
29 March 2022 Deadline for appeals to be lodged
May – June 2022 Appeals to be heard if submitted by the deadline
31 August 2022 Admissions round ends

How to apply

How to apply (after 31 October 2021)

Children born between 1 September 2010 and 31 August 2011 – or currently educated in Year Six – should start secondary school in September 2022.

If you live within the borough of Reading, you must apply to Reading for any state secondary school, even if your preferred school is in another council area.

If you live outside the borough of Reading, you should apply to your local council, even if you want a place at a Reading school.? Contact information for neighbouring councils is listed at the bottom of this page.

The deadline for on-time secondary school applications was 31 October 2021.

Which school has my child been offered?

If you applied online, you will receive details of your school allocation by email. It will contain information on accepting (or declining) the place offered.

I would like to accept the place offered to my child

If you applied online, and are happy with the school place your child has been offered, you should accept the place through the Citizen Portal. If you submitted a paper application, you must accept using our online acceptance form as soon as possible. You must wait for your offer letter (with your child’s student ID number) to complete the online acceptance form.

If you are unable to accept your offer online, please call the School Admissions Team on 0118 937 37 77 to request a paper acceptance form be sent to you. We cannot process acceptances over the phone.

If you have not responded by 16 March 2022, we will write to you again. Following this, if you do not respond within seven days, the offer of a place may be withdrawn.

My child hasn’t been offered one of my preferred schools

Unfortunately, it is not always possible to offer a child their first preference or, in some cases, any of their preferred schools. Where schools are oversubscribed, pupils are ranked (and places offered) according to the oversubscription criteria of the school(s). See our Guide for further details.

Click here to see how places in Reading schools were offered this year. 

Reading School Admissions Team has a duty to offer a school place to any Reading child requiring one. Where we have been unable to offer a place at one of your preferred schools, a place will be offered at either your catchment school or the closest school to your home address with available space. We encourage you to accept the place offered, even if it is not your preferred school, as accepting the place will not affect your child’s waiting list position(s) or the likelihood of your winning an appeal (see below). Should you decline the offered place, we will only withdraw the offer where you can show there is alternative provision in place for their education. This is because we have a duty to ensure all Reading children have the offer of a school place.

If you wish to change your list of preferred schools, please complete a  late application form, in addition to accepting the place you have been offered. On the late application form, please list all the school waiting lists to which you would like your child’s name added (including any from your original application). This will enable the school admissions team to clearly see your order of preference. Please note, a late application completely replaces any prior application. Any school listed on your original application that is not listed on the late application will be marked “No longer required” and your child will no longer be considered for that school.

Late applications 

If your child lives in Reading and you have not yet applied for their secondary school, please complete this late application form. 

Paper copies of the late application form are available from your child’s primary school (if your child attends a state primary school within Reading Borough) or via the school admissions team on 0118 937 3777. or You may post your completed form to the school admissions team or return it to your child’s current school (if in Reading).

All applications are classed as late now. Where a late application is made to change a child’s preferred schools, it will replace any previous on-time application (i.e. the new application will be marked “late”). Please carefully consider the use of this option before National Offer Day.

If your child is new to the country and arrived on the Home for Ukraine scheme or Ukraine family scheme, please read the ‘Guidance for parents/carers and sponsors – for Ukraine Nationals arriving on Government schemes’.

If you are sponsor or family member wishing to support a family, please email us at with details on the child requiring a place and we will respond with a personalised response.

If you have arrived nearly into the UK you will also need to make a in-year application for a year 6 place, please refer to our in-year page here In-year admissions – Brighter Futures For Children for information

Before applying, please make sure you have read our Secondary School Admissions Guide. If you would like a paper copy of this document, please contact the school admissions team on 0118 937 3777.

Please note that some schools use a supplementary form as part of their admissions process. These should be completed in addition to your Reading application form. Please see below for more information on these schools.

The Admissions Team aims to acknowledge all late applications within 15 school days of receipt, however, in busy periods this may not be possible. Please contact the team if your application has not been acknowledged after 20 school days.

Waiting lists

When you accept the school place offered, your child’s name is automatically added to the waiting list of any higher preference school(s), unless you tell us otherwise. Waiting lists are always ranked according to the published oversubscription criteria. Time spent on a waiting list is not a factor in the offer process. Your child’s position on a waiting list may change as applications are added or places are offered. Schools must hold waiting lists until the end of December 2022.

Your child’s position on a waiting list is not affected by your accepting another school place offered to you. On the acceptance form, you are asked whether you wish to stay on the waiting list for your higher preference schools. If you applied via the Citizen Portal, you may opt to be removed from the waiting list of any higher preference school(s).


You have the right to appeal the decision not to offer your child a place at a higher preference school. If you wish to lodge an appeal, you should do so by 29 March 2022. In the meantime, we advise you accept the place offered. Your acceptance will not affect the outcome of your appeal. Find out more about the appeals process. Links to appeal page.

If you wish to appeal for a place at a preferred school located outside the Reading Borough Council area, you must contact the local authority in which the school is located.

My child doesn’t need the place offered to them

If you no longer need your offered place (perhaps you are moving out of the borough or your child will be attending an independent school), we request you decline the offer at your earliest convenience in order that the place may be offered to another child.

Please note, we will only withdraw your offer where you advise us a place has been secured elsewhere (and have confirmed this on the form).

How have places been allocated this year? Our allocations table shows how secondary school places have been allocated this year.

This has been published according to the admissions policy of the Admission Authority as detailed in the Secondary Admissions Guide.

Open Days

We recommend that you visit schools prior to submitting your application. Details of school open days can be obtained from each school.

Supplementary Forms and Registration for Tests

Some schools have their own form which you may wish to complete in addition to the local authority secondary school application form. Please refer to the school admissions policies for more information. These supplementary forms are not essential but will assist the school in ranking your child accordingly. You should post these forms directly to the schools.

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
  • are eligible for free school meals
  • were eligible for free school meals in the last 6 years

If you are unsure whether your child is eligible for priority admission to a school based on these criteria, please ask your child’s current school. For more information please see our pupil premium page.

Schools in other authorities may also have a supplementary form, for example Piggott School in Wokingham. If you are considering applying for one of these schools, please go to the website of the school’s local authority for relevant information.

Reading has two selective state grammar schools which use entrance tests as a basis for selecting pupils:

  • Reading School (boys)
  • Kendrick School (girls)

Registration for the tests was required before September 2021.

Please see the appropriate school website for more details before submitting your application.

Catchment Area Schools

Your catchment area school or schools (also known as designated area schools) are the schools for which your address has priority. You should always consider including your catchment area school(s) on your application, however, doing so will not guarantee your child a place there. The Secondary School Admissions Guide 2022-23 gives more details.

The MyReading website includes a school search which shows your catchment area school based on your address. However, it does not include schools in neighbouring council areas for which you may be in catchment. For more details, see the Secondary School Admissions Guide 2022-23.

Please note that not all addresses have a catchment area school.

Children with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities

If your child has special educational needs or disabilities (SEND) but does not have an Education, Health and Care Plan (EHCP) 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 an EHCP to support their needs, you must apply through the SEND team. In addition, we would advise you to discuss your child’s secondary school transfer with their case officer as the application will be considered differently.

UTC Reading and other schools with atypical routine admissions rounds

If your child is due to start Year 10 in September 2022, 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 can be found in the Secondary School Admissions Guide.

Applications for places at UTC Reading should be made directly to the school.

Applications to Other Year Groups

Information on applications to other year groups that are not part of the routine admissions round can be found on our in-year admissions page.

Sixth Form

For a place in a school sixth form, please apply directly to the school. Our Secondary School Admissions Guide 2022-23 contains a list of schools with sixth forms.

School Transport

Information regarding home-to-school transport can be found on our school transport page.

Neighbouring Local Authorities

Bracknell Forest Borough Council 01344 354 023
Buckinghamshire County Council 01296 395 000
Hampshire County Council 0300 555 1377
Oxfordshire County Council 0345 241 2487
Royal Borough of Windsor & Maidenhead Council 01628 683870
Slough Borough Council 01753 875728
West Berkshire Council 01635 551111
Wokingham Borough Council  0118 974 6000