Secondary schools

Applying for secondary schools in 2021

If your child will turn 11 between 1st September 2020 and 31st August 2021, he or she will transfer to secondary school at the start of the new school year in September 2021.

The online application process is now open. You should have received a letter from us to remind you to apply.

The Admissions Portal may ask for your child’s Unique Identification Number (UID) when you apply. You can ask your child’s primary school for this number (Wigan Primary Schools Only). You can still apply without the UID. If the Admissions Portal does not ask for your UID it means that your child’s details have automatically been matched to their record and you won’t need to enter it.

Note - The online school admission portal will not be available on 14th September 2020 due to essential maintenance.

If you need any help using the online service, please contact the School Organisation Team on 01942 489013.

It is very important that you read the Applying for a place at secondary school 2021/22 booklet before making your application as it contains important information about the allocation process.

The closing date for applications is 31st October 2020.

Any applications received after this date will be classed as late.

Open evenings

Some schools will be offering virtual tours in place of open evenings this year. Details will be available on the school’s website. We will include links in the ' Applying for a place at secondary school 2021/22' booklet on each school’s criteria page once they are available.

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 31st October 2020. It is your responsibility to check that any information sent by post has been received by the school.

Privacy Notice

The Council has a legal responsibility to protect the data it collects. A copy of the School Admissions and Appeals Service Privacy Notice can be downloaded.


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