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.

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

Open days and evenings or virtual events

  • Schools may have open sessions or evenings that you can attend to have a look around the school or instead hold virtual events throughout September. Visit the schools' own website for further details.
  • If your child has special educational needs or a disability (SEND) consider whether your chosen schools are suitable for their specific educational needs. Talk to school staff at the open days or evenings where they are taking place or contact them via other methods such as by phone or email.

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 grammar schools in Birmingham will be available before 31 October 2023.

  • Once you have received your child’s test score for The Grammar Schools in Birmingham, if you still want to apply for a grammar school it is essential that you list it as one of your preferences in your online application. Make sure you also check the admission arrangements as most of The Grammar Schools in Birmingham still operate catchment areas.
  • Do not lose the opportunity to list other school preferences before knowing the results from the selective test. We are aware that with grammar schools in other local authorities you may not receive your test scores after the closing date to apply for your preferences (31 October 2023). However, online applications must be submitted by 31 October 2023 to be classed as on time. Therefore, you must ensure that if you are applying for a grammar school in another local authority you include it as a preference on your application.
  • If you apply after the final closing date of 31 October 2023 your application will be considered as a late application and will not be processed until after the offer of places on 1 March 2024. Late applicants are less likely to be offered a place at one of their preferred schools.
  • For details about The Grammar Schools in Birmingham, visit the 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

Page last updated: 31 August 2023

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