Parents and carers have until 31 October to submit their applications for their child’s secondary school place (year 7) for September 2021.
Families are advised to use all five of their preferences to give their child the best chance of being allocated a place at a preferred school as using less doesn’t increase the chances of being offered your first preference.
Families will also find a range of information on the website to help them choose their five preferences, including advice on the application process, links to individual admissions policies and Ofsted reports, information about school transport, as well as allocation data from previous years to help families decide if there is a reasonable chance of being offered a place at the schools they are listing.
The school admissions team is also holding a final Facebook question and answer session on Wednesday 28 October. Visit www.facebook.com/LeedsCouncil between 4pm and 5pm on the day and submit your question in the dedicated post, or send a private message to the Facebook page.
There are other options for those without access to online facilities and these can be discussed with the admissions team by calling 0113 222 4414.
For those applying using our online portal, offers will be sent out by email on Monday 1 March 2021 during working hours. For those that apply by any other means, letter will be posted on 1 March, so will arrive later that week.
Councillor Jonathan Pryor, Leeds City Council’s executive member for learning, skills and employment said:
“Choosing which schools to apply for is one of the most important decisions a family can make. Despite the pandemic, a lot of work has gone into ensuring that parents can still access all the information they need to make an informed choice from our website and schools have been creative in finding way to share information, such as by virtual open events.
“It is vital that families submit their school preferences before the deadline at the end of the month, and make use of all five of the preferences open to them.
“We are committed to working with parents and carers to support their child’s transition to secondary school. Our website and admissions team have all the information needed to help make this important decision and are very happy to answer questions and offer guidance on the process if families want to give them a call.”
The simple and secure application form can be completed online at www.leeds.gov.uk/apply