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Apply for secondary school place


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.

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.

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 also important to note that Stockton-On-Tees adopts an ‘admission zone’ policy where each school has its own defined area. This means that your registered home address (i.e. the one you pay Council Tax for and have your Child’s Benefit listed for) identifies that you are ‘in-zone’ for at least two schools. Therefore your child (in terms of allocating places, if you choose them as your preferred schools) is ‘in-zone’ for at least one community and one faith school.

Therefore in terms of school places the concept of ‘feeder’ primary schools does not apply. However, 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.


When will your child start secondary school in 2018

If your child was born between 1 September 2006 and 31 August 2007 your child is due to start secondary school in September 2018.


Admission to secondary school 2018

Please note the application round for your child to start secondary school in September 2018 has now closed (31st October 2017). You can still view the Citizen Portal but you cannot make any changes to your application. If you haven’t done already, you can still apply using a paper application form.

If you have any queries regarding secondary school place(s), or your child does not attend one of our primary schools, then please ring the Schools Admissions Team on 01642 526605 or email:


Key dates for secondary school admissions 2018

4 September 2017
Letter is sent to parents/guardians with information on how to apply.

31 October 2017
Closing date for applications.

1 March 2018
If you applied online and ticked to receive an email you will receive an email on the 1 March informing you of your allocation. Paper applications and parents who didn’t tick to receive an email online will receive a letter to notify you which school your child has been allocated by 2nd class post.

May/June 2018
Appeals will be heard.