Secondary schools

Applying for secondary schools in 2024

If your child will turn 11 between 1 September 2023 and 31 August 2024, they will transfer to secondary school at the start of the new school year in September 2024.

The closing date was 31 October 2023 and the online application service is now closed.

If you have applied online, you will be able to view your result on the School Admissions Portal from 1 March 2024 and you will receive an email on 1 March 2024 from 9am, if you have applied using a paper application form, you will be notified of the result by letter.

Late applications

If you have not yet applied for a secondary school place, or you wish to change your mind about the preferences or the order of preferences after the closing date, you must complete a late application form.

We will only look at late applications and late changes of preference after we have dealt with the applications we received on time. This means that you are less likely to get a place at the school you want.

Please DO NOT use this form to apply for a school transfer. You must apply via the moving schools page to apply for a school transfer.

It is very important that you read the 'Applying for a place at secondary school 2024/25' booklet before making your application as it contains important information about the allocation process.

Church Forms

If any of the schools you want your child to go to is a Wigan voluntary aided high school the governors will need extra information so that they can consider your application against their faith criteria. If you do not give this information your child may be refused a place.

You are strongly advised to complete a supplementary information form for each voluntary aided school you name as a preference. This must be returned to the relevant school.

Parents are responsible for checking that supplementary forms sent by post have been received by the school.

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