Somerset County Council

Starting at a secondary or upper school in September


This page provides information on applications for pupils to start at a secondary or upper school in September. If you want your child to change school outside of the usual transfer cycle please see the page In Year School Admissions.

Pupils start at a Secondary school at the beginning of Year 7 

Pupils start at an Upper school at the beginning of Year 9

The closing date for secondary and upper school applications was 31 October 2015. Please click the button below to make a late application.

Apply for a secondary or upper school 

What if I missed the deadline or want to change my preferences after the closing date?
This is a link to information lower down the page.

Who do I apply to?
All applications for a secondary or upper school place in September 2016 must be made to your home authority - this is who you pay your council tax to. If you are unsure if your child lives in Somerset, you can check whether we are your local authority for school admissions here.

How do I get more information?
If your child is due to start at a secondary or upper school in September 2016 you are advised to carefully read the Secondary Admissions Guide before making your application. This contains everything you need to know to make your school place application, including information on the different types of school, Published Admission Numbers and the criteria used to allocate places at schools and academies. 

Here are the criteria used to allocate places at VC and Community schools 

For the criteria used to allocate places at other types of school and academies please choose the area you are interested in from the list below and then choose the school or academy to see their admission arrangements.

If you would like information about how places were allocated at your preferred schools in previous years please visit our allocation summaries page.

Please scroll down for some important tips for making your school place application.

Apply using the button above.

How will I find out which school I have been offered?
If you applied before the closing date, 31 October 2015, you will be sent the outcome of your application on 1 March 2016. If you applied online you will be sent an email, and if you applied using a paper application form you will be sent a letter by second class post on 1 March 2016. Information will not be given out over the phone or in person at Council offices. 

From 1 March you can view the outcome of your application by logging into the online application system here.

What if I missed the deadline or want to change my preferences after the closing date?
Please note, it is the parent or carer's responsibility to make an on-time school place application. If you are making an application after the closing date, it will be classed as late and your application will be considered according to the dates below. 

For applications received between 1 November 2015 and 6 May 2016 we will aim to send outcomes on 10 June 2016. 

Applications received after 6 May 2016 will be processed in strict date order of receipt from 10 June 2016.

Important tips on making your school place application
We strongly advise that you carefully consider the following when making your school place application.

  • You should put three school preferences on your form, especially if you live in an urban area. You are not given a higher priority for any school by stating it as your only preference and may be more likely to be allocated a school you have not chosen. This could also be some distance from your home address. 
  • Places are allocated using the 'Equal Preference with Ranking' method. This means all preferences are considered equally and a place is offered at the highest preference possible. 
  • If you wish to be considered for your catchment school you must include it as one of your preferences. You can check your school catchment area on a map. The map is a representation of the catchment areas and cannot be relied on for purchasing a property. If you are considering purchasing a property or if you live near a school border then please contact us. 
  • There are no guarantees that siblings will be allocated the same school when the school is over-subscribed, so you are advised to put other preferences, especially if you live outside the catchment area. 
  • Carefully read the over-subscription criteria for the schools you have chosen. You can find this on page 20 of the Secondary Admissions Booklet for all VC and Community schools. For all other schools the criteria are included against each school in the table in pages 21 to 25 of the Secondary Admissions Booklet. 
  • If your preferred school(s) requires a Supplementary Information Form (SIF) or further proof (for example, proof of regular church attendance), it is essential that this is sent in with your application form if you would like your child to be considered under the appropriate criterion. You can find all SIFs on the relevant school website. 
  • If you have recently moved address or are due to move, please provide proof of your new address. 
  • You will be responsible for transporting your child to any school you name as a preference unless you have a statutory entitlement or qualify for discretionary transport under exceptional circumstances.     

Fraudulent school place applications
We thoroughly investigate all potentially fraudulent or misleading applications we are made aware of and welcome information from schools and the public. For the 2016/17 academic year two school places were withdrawn as a result of information received about potentially fraudulent or misleading home addresses and for a further two applications, the address claimed on the application form was not used when allocating the school place.

If you know or suspect that someone is trying to or has gained a school place fraudulently please let us know. You can send us this information anonymously if you prefer and rest assured that your details will remain completely confidential.


Contact: Admissions and Entitlements Team
Address: County Hall, Taunton, Somerset, TA1 4DY
Contact no: 0300 123 2224
Fax: 01823 356113
Opening Hours: Monday to Thursday 8:30am to 5pm, Friday: 8:30am to 4:30pm, Saturday and Sunday closed.

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