Secondary school places

Apply for a secondary school (year 7) place for September 2023

If your child is in year 6, you can apply for a secondary school (year 7) place between 12 September 2022 and 31 October 2022.

Before you apply

You should:

You may also want to check the priority admission catchment area schools.

You can also watch our video on applying for a secondary school place.



Applications for the 2023 school year are now closed.

If you wish to make a late application for a secondary (year 7) school place, use our online application form.

All applications received after 31 October 2022 will be treated as late and will only be processed after all on-time applications.

You are less likely to get a place at one of your preferred schools if you apply late.

View your application

View your application online via the Essex Education portal.

You cannot change your preferences online after the closing date. If you are changing address, you must email the School Admissions Team with:

  • your child’s details
  • your new address
  • proof of new address which must be:
  • a copy of a signed tenancy agreement if you are renting
  • a solicitor’s letter confirming you have exchanged contracts if you are purchasing your new home.


Contact the School Admissions Team

Telephone: 0345 603 2200


School place offers

Emails for online applicants will be sent on 1 March 2023.

From 1 March 2023, if you applied online, you can log into your account to see your allocation.

Find out more about what to do after you get your school offer.