Secondary school September 2023

The school admissions online application round, for children starting secondary school in September 2023, is closed.

The online application process closed at midnight on Monday, 31 October 2022. You can submit a paper application form after the closing date, your application will be processed after all of those that were received by the closing date.

Before completing and submitting your application we recommended that you read Educating your Child. This will provide you with further information on the admissions process. 

We strongly recommend that you consider using all the preferences available to you when making your application.

If you are unsuccessful in gaining a place at your preferred school(s), you will be allocated a place at the nearest school with space.

  • The allocated school could be some distance away. 
  • Naming the same school more than once will not increase your chances of being offered a place at that school.

Online application process

Once you have set up an account online, you can start and submit your application. Your online account will allow you to log in and view or amend your application at any time up until the closing date. Once you have submitted your application online you will receive an email. Check that you receive the confirmation email. If you do not receive the confirmation email within 24 hours, contact us.

Leading up to the closing date, emails will be sent out to remind parents and guardians to submit the online application that has been started. You will also receive this email if you review your application and click un-submit without realising. If you receive a reminder email to submit your application prior to the closing date, do not ignore this, you may have double clicked and inadvertently unsubmitted the application. If you do receive the reminder to submit your application email you can log into your online account and check. You can also contact School Admissions to check for you.

Postal application process

  • Download a form
  • Print and complete the form
  • Return completed form to: School Admissions and Transport, County Hall, Newport, Isle of Wight, PO30 1UD

If you cannot download the application form to complete, you can request a paper form from the School Admissions and Transport service by contacting us directly.

Additional information for Christ the King College or The Island Free School applications

If you would like your child to attend Christ the King College or The Island Free School you must also complete their supplementary information form.

The supplementary information form for Christ the King College or you can get a copy direct from the College.  

The supplementary information form for Island Free School

Once completed the supplementary information form must be returned direct to the college or school. 

All supplementary information forms received after the closing date are considered as 'Late'. They will be processed after those that were received by the time and date stated in their Admissions Policy. Ensure you have completed and submitted both the Local Authority Application Form and the School Supplementary Information Form. If you do not complete and submit both forms, then your application will not be processed until after those who have.  

Application closing date

The closing date for secondary school applications was midnight on Monday, 31 October 2022.

All applications and changes received after the closing date will be considered as 'Late'. They will be processed after the applications that were received by the published closing date.

What to do if you do not require a school place for your child

For September 2023, if your child will be:

  • home educated
  • attending an Independent School (for example Priory School, Ryde School)
  • or you will be moving abroad.

Email You will need to give us your child’s full name, date of birth and the education your child will be receiving for Year 7 in September 2023.

National Offer day

National Offer day is the day parents will be notified by the School Admissions and Transport team with an offer of a place at a secondary school. National Offer day for secondary school places was Wednesday, 1 March 2023. 

Parents and guardians who applied online by the closing date will have received an email from us on 1 March 2023 notifying them of the school where a place has been allocated for their child. Letters will also be sent second class on this day to those parents and guardians who did not apply online and those who will be receiving additional information.

School Admissions are not able to confirm the child's allocated secondary school by telephone.

Waiting list

Waiting lists were established on Wednesday, 15 March 2023.

More information

Following the admissions consultation, it was approved on 8 April 2014 that priority areas were removed and that parents are able to apply for a place at the nearest secondary school to their home address.

If you are unsure of your child’s nearest secondary school, you can search for the secondary school nearest to your home address by viewing the map.

The last date that applications or changes to existing applications can be made prior to National Offer Day Friday 10 February 2023.  The system will then close down to enable the process for the allocation of secondary school places to take place.  

The system will reopen on Monday 6 March 2023. All new applications or changes to details on original applications will be processed from this date.  Any changes to existing applications must be received in writing.

September 2023 admissions policies