Secondary School Admissions September 2020

Children born between 1 September 2008 and 31 August 2009 – or currently educated in Year Six – should start secondary school in September 2020.

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 in another council area, you should apply to that council even if you want a place in a Reading school.  Contact information for neighbouring councils is listed at the bottom of this page.

Timetable for applications

By 12 September 2019 Application packs sent to primary schools
12 September 2019 Online application system opens
31 October 2019 Closing date for applications
2 March 2020 National offer day for on-time applications
15 March 2020 Deadline to accept offered place
16 March 2020 Late applications processed
30 March 2020 Deadline for appeals to be lodged
May – June 2020 Appeals to be heard if submitted by 30 March 2020
31 August 2020 Admissions round ends

How to apply

The deadline for on-time applications for secondary school places starting September 2020 was midnight on 31 October 2019. Any application received after that date is marked ‘late’ and not considered until all on-time applications have been allocated (i.e. after 1 March 2020).

If an application is received by the admissions team between 31 October and 31 December 2019, the School Admissions Team will take into account the reason for the late submission. The School admissions team may accept the application as 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. Evidence of the reason must be submitted and supporting evidence from a professional may be required.

Any applications received after 31 December 2019 will be considered as late, regardless of supporting evidence provided.

If your child lives in Reading and you have not yet applied (or have changed your mind about your preferred schools) please complete our late application online form.

Where the School Admissions Team receives the form after 31 October 2019, your previous application will be withdrawn and the new application marked “late”, so please consider use of this option carefully before National Offer Day.

Please read our Secondary School Admissions Guide before making your application. This guide provides information on the admissions policy for each school and shows how your application will be considered. If you would like a paper copy of this document, please contact your child’s current school or contact the School Admissions Team on 0118 937 3777.

Please note that some schools also require a supplementary form that you may wish to complete in addition to your Reading application form. Please see below for more information.

How places are allocated

All schools have an admission policy and, where there are more applications than places, allocations will be made 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 6 years

If you are unsure whether your child is eligible for priority admission to a school based on this 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 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 2019. Results will be posted to parents before the application round closes so that parents can decide whether to include a grammar school as a preference on their application form, based on their child’s score. 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 gives more details.

The MyReading website includes a school search which shows your catchment area school based on your address, but 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 their secondary school transfer with your case officer as your application will be considered differently. You may wish to speak to your SEND case officer for more information.

School Offers

Monday 2 March 2020 is National Offer Day for secondary schools. If you submitted an online application, 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 we will not be able to give out information on the details of your offer by telephone – you must wait until you receive your letter. If you would like to be able to find out the place offered to your child on 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 this application you will need to provide the admissions team with a letter of written authority naming the additional person who can be given information about the application.

UTC Reading and other schools with atypical routine admissions rounds

If your child will be in Year 10 in September 2020, 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.

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 are not part of routine admissions 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.

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 or 01344 354 144
Buckinghamshire County Council 01296 395 000
Hampshire County Council 0300 555 1377
Oxfordshire County Council 01865 815 175
Royal Borough of Windsor & Maidenhead Council 01628 683870
Slough Borough Council 01753 875728
West Berkshire Council 01635 519780
Wokingham Borough Council  0118 974 6000