Transfer to Secondary School in Year 7

How to Apply

If your child lives in Nottingham city and is due to transfer to secondary school in September 2019, you will need to apply for a secondary school place.

You can only use the secondary application form if your child was born between 1 September 2007 and 31 August 2008. If your child was not born between these dates and you wish to apply for a secondary school place, you should use the online form on the New to the Area or Wishing to Change Schools' page.

Please contact the School Admissions Team on 0115 841 5568 or email to request an application form.


View any application you made prior to 31 October 2018

Applications received by 31 October 2018

The national offer day for secondary school applications is 1 March 2019.

If you applied online, you will receive an email on 1 March notifying you of the outcome of your application (unless you indicated on your application you do not want to receive the decision by email).

A decision letter will be posted to those applicants who applied using a paper application form, on Friday, 1 March 2019, by second class post. Letters should be received by 4 or 5 March.

Please do not telephone or visit the School Admissions Team for your decision as these will not be given verbally, regardless of the circumstances; you must wait for your email or letter to arrive. We will only reprint decision letters not received by Thursday, 7 March 2019, so if you have not received your letter do not contact us for another copy until after 7 March.

Our telephones are extremely busy after the national offer day, so please be patient if you are trying to contact us.

You will be able to accept your offer by:

Please do not use more than one of these options as it is unnecessary and reduces the time our staff are available to provide help to parents and carers.

You are strongly recommended not to decline the place offered to your child unless they have been offered a place in an alternative school. If you don’t accept the place offered your child may not have a school place for September, leaving you liable to prosecution by the Education Welfare Service. You can accept the place offered and decline it at a later date if your child is offered a place at an alternative school from the waiting list or as a result of any successful appeal or late application you may make.


If your child has been refused a school place, you can appeal to an independent panel. You have 20 school days from the date of your decision letter or email to appeal (the deadline for applications made by the closing date of 31 October 2019 is Friday 29 March 2019). Contact details of where to appeal are shown in the table on our ‘School Admissions Appeals’ webpage.

Waiting Lists

If you have not been offered a place at your first preference school, your child has been refused a place as determined by the oversubscription criteria or ability if a selective school. In these circumstances your child will be put on the waiting list for the schools you ranked above that school that has been offered (until the end of the Autumn term 2019) If you want your child to be placed on the waiting list for a school ranked lower than the school offered, you must email or write to the School Admissions Team to request this.

Applications Received After 31 October 2018

If you applied after the closing date of 31 October 2018, you will receive a decision on your application from May 2019 onwards. We will not be able to decide on your application before this date.


Going to School in Nottingham

Make sure you read our 'Going to School in Nottingham' booklet to gather as much information as possible about the application process. Appendix 1 gives the admission criteria for all secondary schools in Nottingham City.