Application for Secondary School

Letter from Walsall Council regarding Transfer to Secondary School September 2021


Our records show your child is due to transfer to secondary school in September 2021.This means that you must apply for a secondary school place for your child by 31 October 2020.


To do this, you must submit an on-line application through the Secondary Admissions web page of Walsall Council website: Alternatively, from the front page of the Walsall Council website, follow: Education – School Admissions – Secondary Admissions (click on Secondary Admissions Chalk Board)


You will also find, on this web page, an online booklet that provides more information about the school admissions process. We strongly recommend that you read this booklet before making your application.


Please note that the online application portal is open daily between 8am and 9.30pm each day up until the 31st October 2020.


You should only apply through the Walsall Council website if you are a Walsall resident.  If you pay your council tax to a different Local Authority (LA), then you should apply through them. Contact details for neighbouring LA’s are provided in the online information booklet.


You can list up to five schools on your application, in your order of preference. List all of the schools that you are interested in, including those that may be located in other local authority areas.


Some schools also require applicants to complete an additional Supplementary Information Form (SIF) in addition to naming the school on the online application form. Please refer to the online information booklet to see if you need to complete a Supplementary Information Form for any of your preferred schools. If you intend to name any schools outside Walsall then please contact the relevant LA to check if you are required to complete a Supplementary Information Form for that school.


All places are offered based on how well a child meets the over-subscription criteria for each school and, regrettably, it is not possible to guarantee that a place will be offered at a particular preferred school. We strongly recommend that you use all five preferences and include at least one local school in your selection that you feel that your child would have met the admission criteria for in previous years.


Details of each school’s admissions criteria and how places have been offered in previous years are included in the on-line information booklet.


The deadline for submission of applications is 31 October 2020.


There is ample time for you to consider which schools you intend to list and make your application, there is no priority given to applicants who make their application earlier than others,


It is however extremely important that your application has been submitted by 31 October 2020. Any applications, or changes to your preferred schools, made after this date will be treated as late and will be processed after all those received by the deadline of 31 October 2020.


Making a late secondary school application will reduce the chance of your child being offered a place at your preferred schools.


Included with this letter is a sheet that provides contact details for all Walsall secondary schools. Owing to the ongoing Covid-19 situation, many schools have not yet finalised plans for open evenings so please refer to each school’s website for further details.


You will be notified of the outcome of your application on 1 March 2021.


If you require any advice or support with making your application then please contact the School Admissions and Appeals Team at Members of the team will be pleased to assist you.


Yours faithfully

Rob Thomas,

Head of Access,