Stockton-on-Tees Borough Council

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Apply for secondary school place


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If you are a resident of the Borough you will need to apply for a school place through Stockton Borough Council, even if your preferred school is in another Borough.

We are responsible for coordinating the processing of all applications for school places in community, Voluntary-Aided (VA), academies and free schools.


Admission to secondary school in 2020

Secondary applications are now closed. Please contact [email protected] if are want to make a late application and complete a late application form.

If your child was born between 1 September 2008 and 31 August 2009, he or she will start secondary school in September 2020.

We will send letters out in September through your primary school informing you how to apply for a secondary place for September 2020.

If you have any queries please ring the Schools Admissions Team on 01642 526605 or email: [email protected].


Key dates for secondary school admissions 2020

2 September 2019
Letter is sent to parents/guardians with information on how to apply. The online application link will open.

31 October 2019
Closing date for applications. The online link will close and any paper applications received after this date will be marked 'late' and will only be considered after places have been allocated to all of the applications received by the closing date.

1 March 2020
A letter will be sent to parents/carers who submitted a paper application form on or around the Monday 2nd March 2020 informing them of the school they been offered for their child. Parents/carers who apply on-line and if they chose (ticked) the option to receive an email will be informed by email only on the 2nd March 2020 as this is the first working day after National Offer day.

May/June 2020
Admission Appeal hearings will take place.


Admission Criteria

Places are allocated according to a strict set of admission criteria and each admission authority sets its own criteria. Below is the current policy for all those schools that the LA controls and is still responsible for – usually defined as community schools.

Read the Admission Policy for Community and Voluntary Controlled schools for September 2020.

All Voluntary-Aided (VA) schools (Roman Catholic and Church of England), academies and free schools have their own admission policy, which you can view on our web pages or on the school's own website. When deciding which schools to apply for, you should look carefully at the admission policies to see the category that your child will be considered under.

After the closing date, we will send applications to each VA school, academy or free school. They will then consider the applications against their admission policy and will send us a list of all applicants, ranked in order of their over subscription criteria. We will do the same with applications for community and voluntary-controlled schools.

It is also important to note that Stockton-On-Tees adopts an ‘admission zone’ policy where most schools have their own defined area. This means that your registered home address (i.e. the one you pay Council Tax for) identifies that you are ‘in-zone’ for that school. 

We do understand that secondary schools do work closely with local primaries to support transition and while this is good practice, it does not automatically mean that children from those primary schools will be offered a place within a specific secondary school. In addition some Roman Catholic or Church of England schools may, as part of their admission policy, also identify Catholic ‘feeder’ or ‘partner’ schools and if your child attends one of these, at the point of application this may further aid your chances of securing a school place for your child.

All faith schools policies will include definitions with regards what ‘Catholic’ means and membership of the Church as well as referring to ‘parish zones’. If you are seeking a ‘church place’ for your child then you will be required to provide some form of evidence at the point of application.

However since September 2000, we do not guarantee to meet parents’ preferences for a school place for pupils who live within the admission zone, if the school is full.

Please read the Local Authority Home to School Transport policy for children applying for school places on the School transport webpage.

Parents and carers who apply online will be informed of the outcome of their application by email and a letter will also be sent to every parent and carer.