Secondary school application timelines

Choosing a school

  1. Your child’s school will give you information about how to apply: If you live in Birmingham your child’s primary school will give you information about the secondary transfer / application process. If your child attends a primary school outside of Birmingham, we'll send you information through the post.
  2. Schools will hold open sessions (days / evenings): Throughout September 2016, schools will hold open days and evenings for parents and children to visit the school and talk to teachers and existing pupils. You can find details of school open sessions in Secondary Schools Open Sessions.
  3. Return your completed preferences form: We recommend that you complete your online application or return your completed preference form by 1 October 2016. If you wish to view schools that are outside of Birmingham, whose open evenings fall later, you may apply online up to 31 October 2016. If you need to make any changes to your form due to exceptional circumstances, such as you’re moving home, you need to let us know by 31 October 2016.

Offer day

  1. We’ll write to you with details of your child’s offer: We’ll send you details of the secondary school place we’re offering your child. If you applied online we’ll do this by email which you'll receive by 3.30pm. If you applied by post we’ll do this by letter. We’ll send our emails and post our letters out first class on 1 March 2017. Please allow extra time for letters to be delivered.
  2. Please don't contact Birmingham city council before you receive the formal notification of your child’s school place. We will be unable to inform you what secondary school place has been offered to your child by phone or other forms of contact until Thursday 2 March. You must be in receipt of your formal notification letter or email before contacting the council.
  3. Let us know if you accept our offer: You must tell the school by 16 March 2017 whether you are accepting the offer of a place. Accepting our offer will not affect your child’s waiting list position for any of your higher preference schools or your right of appeal.
  4. If your child has not been offered a place at any of the schools you applied for, this will be because the school(s) received more applications than there were places available and other children more fully met the admission criteria.
  5. If you don’t receive an offer of a place at your higher preference schools your child’s name will automatically be placed on the waiting lists for those schools.

Waiting lists

  1. Waiting lists have to be compiled in the same order as the oversubscription criteria, eg siblings first.
  2. Late applicants are also added according to this order this means that your child’s name can go down as well as up on the waiting list.
  3. Having a place on the waiting list is no guarantee that a place will become available for your child.
  4. Because of the movement in the first few weeks after 1 March, we don't disclose waiting list order. We'll contact you if a place becomes available for your child. After 21 March 2017, you may contact the Children’s Advice Service on 0121 303 1888 who will let you know who holds the waiting list for the school you want (either School Admissions or the school).

Making an appeal

  1. If you choose to appeal, you'll need to complete and submit your appeal by 29 March 2017.
  2. An Appeal Panel will review all appeals and make a decision within 5 school days following your appeal being heard (this will be no later than 9 June 2017).
  3. The Appeals Clerk will write to you to tell you the result of your appeal.

Induction day

  1. Year 6 Induction Day: On 5 July 2017, primary school children visit their future secondary school.
  2. Secondary school starts: The school year begins in September. Your child’s secondary school will contact you before then with details and useful information.