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Secondary school application process

September 2022 year 7 intake

New secondary admission round (Year 6 to 7 transfer September 2022)

The application period for admission to Year 7 in secondary schools for September 2022 opened on 10 September 2021.

From this date, parents/carers of current Year 6 Essex resident children will be able to make their applications using our website www.essex.gov.uk/admissions. Last year, 99% of Essex parents applied online. Essex Council will not be sending out letters to parents/carers about applying. All of the application information is published on the website above.

Please note - you need to appply through the county in which you reside - Cambs and Herts admissions links are shown below

The closing date for applications is 31 October 2021.

General information

The new secondary school admission round typically runs from Mid September, for parents of current Year 6 children to apply for a secondary school (Year 7) place for the following September.

The statutory national closing date for applications is typically 31st October.

Applications received after this date will be considered late and you may reduce your chance of being offered a place at your preferred school.

You need to apply for a secondary school place through the county in which you reside.  Please use the links below to access the relevant county council websites.

Essex School Application process

The Essex website also has a copy of the Secondary Education in Essex booklet which contains details of all secondary school admission policies - available from this page:- https://www.essex.gov.uk/apply-for-a-secondary-school-place

Cambridgeshire Secondary School Application Process

Hertfordshire Secondary School Application Process

National Offer Day (the day on which parents are informed of the secondary school places offered) is 1 March or the next working day should that fall on a weekend/bank holiday

Local secondary schools

Joyce Frankland Academy, Newport

Saffron Walden County High School 

Melbourn Village College 

Sawston Village College

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