Secondary school application deadline looms for year six parents

Parents across Wirral are being reminded that applications for admission into Wirral secondary schools next September must be made by Tuesday 31 October.

All parents of pupils currently in Year 6 at primary school should have received a leaflet telling them how to apply, and how to find out more information.

Parents have to apply for a secondary school place for their child by the deadline of Tuesday 31 October to give their child the best chance of getting a place at one of their preferred schools.

Parents can give up to five preferences when they make their application, and rank their preferred schools to show which would be their first, second, third preference and so on. Schools are not told what rank parents have given to their school.

Wirral operates an equal preference system when considering school admission applications. This means that each of the school preferences given by a parent on their application form will be considered at the same time. If, as a result of this, the system shows that a place could be offered at more than one school, their child will be offered a place at the school ranked highest amongst those named on the application form by parents. Parents should not give a preference for a grammar school unless they have been advised that their child has met the grammar standard.

Councillor Sue Powell-Wilde, Chair of the Children, Young People and Education Committee said, “Choosing a secondary school for your child is one of the most important decisions you will have to make. You will want a school where your child is happy and safe and achieves their best. Our pupils are taught in some of the best buildings in the country with state-of-the-art educational and sporting facilities.”

Applications can be made online on the School Admissions website. Parents who cannot apply online can complete a paper application form, available by calling 0151 606 2000.

The deadline for postal applications is 5 pm on Tuesday 31 October, and for online applications is midnight on Tuesday 31st October.

For more information and to make an online application visit

Offers will be sent to parents/carers on Friday 1 March 2024 by e-mail for online applicants, or by post for paper form applicants.

Image: Wirral Council

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