Apply for a school place

Applying for a secondary school – Year 7 entry in September 2019

(Application process open from 9am on Monday 2nd July 2018 until 5pm on Wednesday 31st October 2018)

Read our ‘Apply for a secondary school place’ leaflet, which includes a timetable and checklist relating to the whole of the secondary school admissions process for entry into Year 7 in September 2019.

Secondary 2019 Entry Leaflet (PDF, 914.55 KB)
You must complete and submit your secondary school application by 5pm on 31st October 2018. Applications received after this date cannot be made through the online portal and will not be processed until after 1st March 2019. Please contact us for a paper copy of the relevant application form if you wish to submit a late application.

Applying for an infant, primary or junior school – Reception and Year 3 entry in September 2019

Process opens on Monday 17 September 2018

The online parent portal will be available from 9am on Monday 17 September 2018. Applications can be made online from this date for children due to start Reception in an Infant or Primary school in September 2019, and children who are currently in Year 2 who wish to transfer to Year 3 in a Junior school, for entry in September 2019.

An information leaflet will also be available on this website from Monday 17 September, which we highly recommend that you download and read. In the meantime, please read through the Warwickshire County Council Admission Arrangements for 2019

Warwickshire residents will receive a letter from the Admissions Service about the application process for Reception and Year 3 entry in September 2019 in due course. If you do not receive this correspondence from us by Friday 14 September then please contact the team: 01926 414143 – option 2.

The deadline to apply for Reception and Year 3 places – for entry in September 2019 – is Tuesday 15 January 2019. All applications received by this date will be considered for places at the same time, in line with the relevant over-subscription criteria outlined by each school.

School places are not offered on a ‘first come, first served’ basis.

Before you apply for a school place, remember:

You must attach a copy of your 2018/19 Council Tax bill to the ‘child details’ section of your application. If you do not pay the Council Tax on your home then please contact

Ensure you read the admission arrangements for every school that you have applied for, or intend to apply for. You may need to submit extra information/evidence to support your application and this will be explained further in the admission arrangements.

This could include:

  • evidence of your child’s baptism if you’re applying for a faith school
  • any social/medical reasons for why your child needs a place at a particular school

Some schools give higher priority for places to children who have a parent working at the school which they are applying for. You will need to contact the school directly to find out.

You will need to let us know if your child is considered as ‘Looked After’ or ‘Previously Looked After’. If you need clarification please contact us.

Warwickshire residents can name up to 6 schools on their application. We strongly advise you to name more than one school on your application. The order of your named schools is not taken into account as part of the allocation process and you will not be penalised in any way by naming more than one school or putting one school above another in your preference ranking.

School transport

You will need to think about the transport options for each of your school preferences. The Transport Policy has recently been consulted on and changes will come into force which will effect the 2019 entry year.  Find out more about school transport.

Grammar schools

Before applying for a grammar school place, you need to register for the 11+ test.

The deadline to submit an on time registration for the 2019 entry 11+ test was 5pm on 29th June 2018.

You can still register your child to sit the Warwickshire 11+ test but you will not be able to do this through the online portal. Please contact us to request a paper copy of the 11+ registration form.

Your registration for the test will be classed as late and your application for any grammar schools will not be considered until after 1st March 2019. It is also likely that your child will not be invited to sit the 11+ until after 1st March 2019.

If you name a Warwickshire grammar school on your application then the Admissions Service will contact you, in writing, in December 2018 request specific documentation in support of your application. If you have not received this correspondence from us by 7th December 2018 then please contact as a matter of urgency.

You must submit the requested documentation by 4pm on 31st December 2018, otherwise your application will be classed as late. Late applications will not be considered until after national offer day on 1st March 2019. At this point, most grammar schools are likely to be full and your child may not be offered a place.


Children living at more than one address

If a child lives at two addresses, the address where they spend most of the week will be used. If an equal time is spent at both addresses, the parents can choose which is used.

Addresses used for childcare arrangements will not be considered.

You will need to provide evidence if you are moving home during the application.

Late applications

If your application is late, you will be added to a waiting list and may not be offered the preferred place.

Apply for a school place was last updated on October 16, 2018.