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Time to apply for secondary school? Here's what you need to know

29 August 2019

Parents and carers across Stockton-on-Tees are being urged to get their applications in for their child's secondary school place.

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How do I know if it is time to apply for my child?

If your child was born between September 1, 2008, and August 31, 2009, they are due to start secondary school in September 2020.

From September 2, letters will be handed out at school to parents of children in Year 6 which set out the application process and invite them to apply.

How do I apply?

The easiest way to submit an application is via the online form at Schools and Education

You can also telephone 01642 526605 to request a paper copy, if necessary.

When is the deadline?

The deadline to apply is Thursday October 31, 2019. Any late applications will only be considered after those made on time have been processed.

How many schools can I apply for?

Four. To give you the best chance of getting into a local school it is important to use all four preferences available to you.

When will I find out what place has been allocated to my child?

People who applied online (and ticked the option to receive an email) will receive an email on Monday March 2, 2020 informing them of the school they have been offered. A letter will be sent to parents who completed a paper application.

What do Councillors say?

Councillor Lisa Evans, Stockton-on-Tees Borough Council's Cabinet Member for Children and Young People, said: "Choosing a secondary school can be an overwhelming experience which is why we try to make the admission process as easy as possible.

"When picking a secondary school, it's a good idea to go along to the autumn opening evenings at the schools you're interested in and do some research by looking at each school's website and prospectus. You should also think about how your child will travel to school so take a look at our school transport policy.

"We receive thousands of applications each year and with the tight admission window it's really important you complete the form as soon as possible."

Where can I find more information?

For more information including how places are allocated, admission zones and the Secondary School Admissions Booklet visit School admissions, email or telephone the School Admissions Team on 01642 526605.