Starting secondary School

Starting secondary school September 2020

If your child was born between 1st September 2008 and 31st August 2009, you need to apply now for a secondary school place for September 2020.

The on-line application service is now open.

For Admission to Secondary School in September 2020, the Government has deemed that the National Closing Date for receipt of applications is 31st October 2019. However, in agreement with its neighbouring South Yorkshire authorities, Rotherham Authority will accept all applications for a Rotherham school received up to and including 30th November 2019 as having been received by the closing date.

Important - other authorities may have different admission arrangements to Rotherham therefore if you are including a school in another authority on your application, we strongly advise you to check this with the relevant authority as they may deem your application to be late under their admissions procedures.

We consider any application for a Rotherham school received after 30th November to be a late application. If your application is late, you will be far less likely to get a place at your preferred school.

If you do not live in Rotherham you should contact your local Admissions Team for further advice. Application made from non-Rotherham residents cannot be accepted.

Any reference to secondary school includes aided schools and academies.

We are happy to talk through any queries you have. The School Admissions Team drop-in times for Riverside House are:

  • Monday 9.30am - 12.30pm
  • Tuesday 1pm - 4.30pm
  • Wednesday 9.30am - 12.30pm
  • Thursday 1pm - 4.30pm
  • Friday 9.30am - 12.30pm

Pre-arranged appointment times can be made outside of these hours by emailing or calling the School Admissions Team.

Please don't hesitate to get in touch with us should you have anything you wish to ask or discuss.

If you submitted your application online you can log into your account on 2nd March 2020 to view your school place offer.

False or Misleading Information

Rotherham Borough Council takes very seriously any attempt to gain an advantage in the admissions process by giving false information. It is really important that the admissions system is fair for everybody. Nobody should be allowed to cheat by using a friend or relative’s address, a business address or by temporarily renting a property near to a popular school. Each year a number of parents try to get a school place by providing false information, which could result in them taking a place that should have gone to another child.

The Local Authority will investigate all instances where a parent is thought to have provided false or misleading information in order to gain admission to a school. Your address will be checked by reference to various records and, if necessary, by a council officer visiting the application address. A false application may, in addition to possible prosecution, lead to the withdrawal of your child’s place in the school applied for, even if the child has already started school.

Make Application

Download secondary application booklet and church school forms