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Apply for a secondary school place


Children born between 1 September 2011 and 31 August 2012 are due to transfer to a secondary school (year 7) in September 2023.

The closing date for applications is 31 October 2022. If you apply late, you may not get a place at one of your preferred schools.

If you live outside Walsall, you should complete an application from your home local authority (even if you are applying for a Walsall school).

Before you apply

You should:

  • explore school websites, read school admissions policies and entry criteria. This will help you understand how schools make their admissions decisions
  • try to attend school open evenings. Speak to staff, and ask about the admissions criteria they used last year. Some schools may be holding their open evenings virtually. Individual school websites will have the most up-to-date information
  • think about how your child will travel to and from school

Deciding on your school preferences

You should include five schools on your application, and list them in order of preference. If you only express a preference for a single school, you risk being offered a place that you are unhappy with. You should also choose schools that your child has a realistic chance of getting in to.

Walsall Council has a duty to offer your child a school place. We always try to meet your first choice, but sometimes we receive more applications than the school has places available. We'll then try to offer your next highest preference.  If we cannot meet any of your preferences, we will offer you a place in the nearest school to your home address with available places. We will also put your child’s name on the waiting list for your preferred schools.

View the waiting list policy.

If your child is already of school age, you can apply direct to your preferred schools during the school year. This is known as a mid-year admission or transfer.

The schemes for co-ordinated admissions document tells you more about:

  • when key decisions are made
  • evidence for late applications
  • what to do if you live near a borough boundary and want to apply for a school in another authority
  • which schools are their own admissions authority

Applying for schools outside Walsall

If you live in Walsall but any of your preferred schools are outside Walsall Borough, you can still apply in the same way. Walsall Council runs a co-ordinated admissions scheme with neighbouring councils and admissions authorities, so you only have to complete one application.

When you need to apply

The online portal for application is now closed. You can still make a late application.

Get support with making your application

Our step-by-step admissions guide will take you through the whole admissions process. It explains how to create an account, how to log in, and how to submit your application.

The guide is only available in English. If you need extra support, you can contact the admissions and appeals team.

You can also download our information booklet.

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Supplementary application forms

Some schools need you to complete their own forms as well as the online application. You can download the forms for the schools you're interested in:

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Please check the following school websites for further information about their September 2023 intake, or for copies of supplementary forms:

When you'll receive your offer

You will receive your offer by email on 1 March 2023. The emails are sent automatically over the course of the day.

If you are not happy with your offer, you can appeal against the decision.

Offer day FAQs

You can download our frequently asked questions document for some further information that you might find helpful.

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Late applications

You can view our late application policy to find out what this means for your application. Each preferred school will have their own policy, too.

    Make a late application

    The portal for making on-time applications has closed. If your child was born between 1 September 2011 and 31 August 2012, you can make a late application now.

    Make a change to your application

    If you change the name or ranking of a school after the closing date, your application will be treated as late. If you want to make changes, email us and tell us:

    • your child's full name
    • their date of birth
    • your home address
    • what changes you want to make

    Late applications (those received after the closing date of 31 October 2022) will be processed in line with the timetable below

    Date Late application processing timetable
    01 March 2023 National Offer Day - offers to on-time applicants released
    20 March 2023 Round 1 - late offers (late applications received between 01/11/2022 - 28/02/2023)
    21 March 2023 Waiting list positions available
    01 May 2023 Round 2 - later offers (late applications received between 01/03/2023 - 28/04/2023)