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Schools and education

Starting secondary school for the first time

You may apply for a secondary school place for your child in the September of Year 6. You should apply by 31 October.

Secondary school open evenings

Prospective pupils can attend school engagement activities in September and October each year - each school holds their event on a different evening. Further details can be found on the school websites.

Starting Year 7 in September

Make your application for a secondary school place from 12 September of the previous year when your child is in Year 6. The national application deadline is 31 October.

Apply for a secondary school place online

If you applied online, your application result will be available online on your Parent Portal account on National Offer Day, 1 March or next working day. You'll require your username (email address) and password.

If you didn't apply online, you'll receive a letter confirming your application result a few days later.

Guide for Parents

Refer to our Guide for Parents (which contains key school admission information) before applying for a school place.

Supplementary Information Forms (SIFs)

You may also need to provide additional information (such as proof of baptism), or complete a Supplementary Information Form (SIF) if you're applying to a school:

  • outside the City of York area, or
  • a faith school, such as your local Church of England or Roman Catholic Primary or Secondary school

Check with the school directly if a SIF is required, but always make your school place application to your home Local Authority.

Also see

Education Support Services

West Offices, Station Rise, York, YO1 6GA

Telephone: 01904 551554