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Before you apply: Researching schools

Schools you can apply for

You can list up to six different secondary schools as preferences in your application. This can include schools outside of Birmingham.

View the admission arrangements for Birmingham secondary schools

Birmingham City Council runs a co-ordinated admissions scheme with neighbouring local authorities.

If you are applying for schools in another local authority then we recommend that you contact them for their admissions arrangements as this will help you to decide if your application is likely to be successful.

Birmingham City Council will only deal with applications for school places if you live in Birmingham and pay council tax to the authority.

If you live in Birmingham your application must still be made to Birmingham City Council.

Admission arrangements

You must read the admission arrangements for the secondary schools you are interested in to see how likely it is that your child will be offered a place there.

View the admission arrangements for Birmingham secondary schools

  • Visit the schools' own websites
  • How close you live to a school is very important. Schools have cut-off distances which change each year based on demand.

Remember: To avoid disappointment, be realistic in the six schools you list on your online application form. Make sure you read the schools admission arrangements.

Supplementary information

  • Some schools (mainly faith schools and some academies) will ask you to send supplementary information directly to them.
  • Supplementary information forms are available from the school.
  • Once you have submitted your supplementary information form to the school, make sure you also submit your online application or you will not be considered for a place at that school.

Open days and evenings

School open days and evenings

If the details for school you are interested are not shown on the MyEd website please visit the school's own website for details of their open days and evenings.

Applying for grammar schools

If your child will be sitting the selective test for entry to grammar schools, we strongly recommend that you do not submit your online application until you know the results of your child's grammar school test.

The test results for The Grammar Schools in Birmingham will be available by 18 October 2019.

  • Once you have received your test score, if you want to apply for a grammar school it is essential that you list it as one of your preferences in your online application.
  • Don't lose the opportunity to list other school preferences before knowing the results from the selective test.
  • Visit our places at grammar schools pages for more details.

What is classed as your child's home address?

A list of acceptable proofs is available in the proof of address section.

Travelling to school

Think about how your child would travel to the schools you apply for. It is your responsibility to make sure your child can get to and from school.

School performance information

Other useful information

  • Free internet access is available at your local library where you could research schools and submit your application online. Find your local library
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