In a British parent’s life, at least two milestones are unavoidable: the first one is the entry into Reception class, which is the first compulsory school class at Primary stage, the second one, at the end of Year 6 is called Secondary Transfer.
Both of these admissions processes are subject to paperwork and a precise calendar, which is common at the national scale.
The process will start during the year ahead of the start of the level, either in Primary or Secondary.
This means that for a Reception Entry, you will need to start your application at nursery level and for Year 7, you will have to start in Year 6.
Each September, and according to your child’s date of birth, an E-admission portal is open for the parents to register.
This registration starts in September before your child goes back to school in one of these two classes.
Beware, the deadline to validate this registration differs between Primary and Secondary levels.
- For the Primary level, you will have until 15th January 2018 to submit your form.
- The results, also called National Offer Day, will be communicated by email on 16th April 2018.
- For the Secondary level, the deadline for submission is much shorter since it closed on 31st October, with a National Offer Day on 1st March 2018.
Don’t panic if you move to the UK after the closing dates of Admissions, it will always be possible to make what is called a “late application” after theses dates.
For the secondary level, we would strongly advise to start your searches at least one year before the E-Admissions procedure (that is 2 years before the proper Entry date).
This way you will have time to familiarize yourself with the admission criteria of each schools and register for their open days.
From our experience, it is almost impossible to do this research work during the months allocated between the opening and closing of registrations.
A very important thing to bear in mind: the main document to provide for the admission process will be a proof of UK address to be uploaded via the E-admission portal. Nevertheless, for lots of schools, you should fill out some supplementary forms and send them directly to your coveted schools, along with any supporting documentation (could be proof of Baptism for Faith Schools, for example).
All this information is generally explained clearly on the Local Authorities websites.
But if you have any difficulties with this process, our team of education specialists can help you to manage this stressful process!