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Find a secondary school

If you live in Bury and your child is currently in Year 6, you can apply online for your child's secondary school place. The application will allow you to state your preferred schools and you can also apply for schools that are outside of the Bury area.

Secondary school admissions open for a set period of time each year, with a deadline for when applications must be submitted. For children starting secondary school in 2023, the deadline to apply was 31st October 2022.

Apply for a secondary school place

You must still apply for a secondary school place for your child, even if you have an older child who already attends the same school.

Before applying online, we recommend you read the transfer to secondary school information guide. 

When you're ready to apply for a secondary school place for your child, you can do this online. You'll be able to create an account, so that you can track the progress of your application. 

Alternatively, you can print and return a paper application to or to your child's current school if it's located in Bury.

You might also be interested in school clubs for your child to attend before or after school, which you can find on The Bury Directory.

School supplementary information forms

Some secondary schools may require additional information as part of their admissions criteria, which may mean you need to complete a supplementary information form available on this page or from the school's website.

Secondary school admissions process

For children transferring to secondary school in September 2023, the admissions schedule of important dates are:

  • 1st September 2022: applications open
  • September to October 2022: secondary school open evenings
  • 31st October 2022: applications deadline
  • 1st March 2023:
    • allocation emails are sent from 9am to parents/carers who applied online
    • allocation letters are posted to parents/carers who applied by paper form
  • 31st March 2023: appeal deadline
  • May to July 2023: appeal hearings are held.

Applications submitted after 31st October 2022 will not be considered until on-time applications have been offered places first. 

School admissions policies and procedures

As the local authority for school admissions, the following information offers a guide to the policies and procedures we abide by: