Secondary School Admissions 2022

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.


Timetable for applications

By 10 September 2021 Application packs sent to primary schools
10 September 2021 Online application system opens
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

Applying for a secondary school place

You can apply online via the Reading Citizen Portal between 9am 10 September 2021 and 11.59pm 31 October 2021. The online service can be accessed via computer, tablet and mobile phone with an internet connection.

If you are unable to apply online, please contact the Brighter Futures for Children school admissions team to request a paper form, on 0118 937 3777.  You can post your completed form to the school admissions team or return it to your child’s current school (if your child attends a state primary school within Reading borough).

If you apply online, you will:

  • Be advised of your child’s offered school on the morning of 1 March 2022. Other applicants must wait for their offer letter (posted second class mail on 1 March 2022).
  • Be able to change your preferences or preference order up until 11.59pm 31 October 2021.
  • Receive an email confirming your application has been received.

The Admissions Team aim to acknowledge all on time paper 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.

You should read our Secondary School Admissions Guide before starting your application. This guide covers the admission policy of all Reading state secondary schools and explains how your application will be considered. 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 also have a supplementary form that you may wish to complete in addition to the Reading application form. Please see below for more information.

How places are allocated

All schools have an admissions policy and, where there are more applications than places, places are allocated according to the published oversubscription criteria of the school. These are listed in the Secondary School 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 six 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.

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. You may wish to speak to your SEND case officer for more information.

School Offers

Monday 1 March 2022 is National Offer Day for secondary schools. If you submitted an online application, you will receive an email and be able to access our portal service to view the outcome of your application on Offer Day morning. Online applicants will also be able to accept their offered place via the portal. You may only decline your offered place where you have an alternative school offer for your child (e.g. an independent school).  If we have been unable to offer a place at one of your preferred schools, we will send a formal letter offering a place at an alternative school, posted second class on the 1 March, to the home address provided in the application.

If you applied using a paper form, we will not be able to give details of your offer by telephone – you must wait until you receive your letter, which is posted second class on 1 March 2022. If you wish to know the place offered to your child on National Offer Day, you should apply online.

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 the application, you will need to provide the admissions team with a letter of written authority naming the additional person to whom information regarding the application may be given.


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 2022-23

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 6th 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