Secondary schools

Applying for secondary schools in 2023

If your child will turn 11 between 1 September 2022 and 31 August 2023, he or she will transfer to secondary school at the start of the new school year in September 2023.

The closing date was 31 October 2022 and the online application service is now closed.

Applicants can still access the service to change their personal details if necessary.

If you have applied online, you will be able to view your result on the School Admissions Portal from 1 March 2023 and you will receive an email on this same date from 9am. If you have applied using an application form, you will be notified of the result by letter. 

If you have applied online and your email shows that you have not got a place at one or more of your preferred schools, you will receive a letter with details of why you have been refused a place and how to appeal the decision. We will also provide information on waiting lists. Please wait for your letter to arrive. If your letter has not arrived by 8 March 2023, please contact The School Organisation Team on 01942 489013.

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 2023/24 booklet before making your application.

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 before the closing date of 31 October 2022. It is your responsibility to check that any information sent by post has been received by the school.

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

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