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The closing date for applications is 31 October 2019

Apply online and on time - applying online is secure and is the quickest and easiest way to apply.

Everyone must apply for a school place, as there is no automatic entry for any school.

Before you apply for your child’s school place for September 2020, please make sure the following applies to you:  

  1. You live in Leicestershire.
  2. Your child was:
    • born between 1 September 2008 and 31 August 2009 inclusive and is due to start secondary school in September 2020 or
    • born between 1 September 2005 and 31 August 2006 and is either
      - at a school where the children are eligible for transfer into Year 10 or
      - you want them to go to a Studio school*.
  3. You know what school you would like your child to go to.
    If you’re not sure, use our find a school search.
  4. You know how your child will get to school
    If not, see the school transport section.
  5. You’ve read the Your Guide to secondary education which includes everything you need to know to apply for a school place and the priority criteria for how school places are allocated. Allocations are made using the admissions criteria and not the preference order. Choosing more than one school doesn't affect how your higher preference school(s) are considered. 
    You can view the catchment area map in the find a school search or on the school's website.
  6. You've read the Hints and Tips below.

Closing date

The closing date for applications is 31 October 2019


If you’re ready to apply...

Apply online for a school place

Please note: if you haven't used the portal before or for more than 12 months, you will need to register.

If you need help registering or changing your details on the portal - view our parent guide: 

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Please contact the Customer Service Centre on 0116 305 6684 if you need a paper form.

Amend your application

If you applied online and you need to amend your application before the closing date, login to your online account on the Admissions website (citizen's portal).


The results for the 2020 transfers made by the closing date of 31 October 2019, will be made available on secondary school offer day - 2 March 2020.

If you applied online for your child’s school place, you will receive an email. 

You can also login to your online account on the Admissions website (citizen's portal) from 2 March, to find out which school has been offered.

If you applied by post, we will send you a letter by 1st class post on 2 March (or the next working day). This may take up to 5 days to arrive.

What happens next

If you’re happy with the school place offered to your child, you don’t need to do anything else.
If you wish to decline the offer of a school place, please notify School Admissions in writing as a matter of urgency.

 If you’ve been refused a school place, you can find out how to appeal against a school place.

Hints and Tips for applying

Hints and tips to help you with your application:

  • If you’re applying for more than one child to change school, you need to complete a separate application for each child.
  • Use your right to apply for three schools, but make sure that one choice is always your catchment school (available on the school’s website).
  • Read each school’s admissions policy before making an application; available on either the School policies page or the school's website - check the Your Guide to education - list of schools for more information.
  • You should only include additional information if it is relevant to the school's admission criteria.
  • If more than one parent has legal responsibility for your child, both parents must be in agreement over the school(s) requested.
  • Check that you press the 'submit' button and receive an acknowledgement email. If not, try again or contact School Admissions.
  • Make a note of your username and password.

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Studio schools

If your child is currently in Year 9, we need to make you aware of the Studio School in Leicestershire which your child can transfer to in Year 10; Stephenson Studio School, Coalville.

Studio Schools have a strong employer involvement in the curriculum and focus on developing skills for employment. They typically cater for students from Year 10 to Year 13, so if your child is in Year 9 and you're interested in applying for a studio school, please apply online.

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