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Transfer to Secondary School or from Middle to High School September 2023

All new secondary school requests for September 2023 entry will be processed on a weekly basis after 7 April 2023.

If you need to submit a response to your allocated school or wish to submit a request for your child's name to be placed on the waiting list for any school of your choice, please complete the online secondary reply form.


However, if you are:

  • A Gloucestershire resident applying for the first time
  • An Out of County applicant requiring a Gloucestershire School (even if you have previously applied but want your child’s name added to a waiting list)

Please complete the Waiting List Common Application Form available as a download in the Related Documents column.



To submit an appeal for an academy or foundation school, please contact the school directly for their appeal forms which must be completed and submitted back to them. To submit an appeal for a community school, please contact this team for the appeal forms.

Please note that the only community school in Gloucestershire is Archway School; all other schools are academies or foundation schools.

The schools will have set an appeals deadline and all appeals submitted by the deadline will be heard in time for the start of the academic year. You may be able to find the details of appeal timelines on the schools’ websites, if not please contact the school directly.


Grammar School Entrance Test Information for September 2023 Intake

The Entrance test and the Late Entrance test for the grammar schools have both been sat and therefore if your child has not sat either test, you cannot apply for a grammar school place. Please speak with the grammar school/s of your choice to enquire if there are any options.

If your child has previously taken the test but you did not request the test score to be shared with other schools, you can now do so by listing the school/s on your reply form.

If your child has previously taken the test but did not achieve a qualifying score, you cannot request to be on the waiting list for the grammar school. However, you do have the right to appeal. To submit an appeal for a grammar school, please contact the school/s directly for their appeal forms.


Key Dates

From noon 19 May 2022 to noon 30 June 2022

Online registration period for Grammar Entrance Test

September 2022

Letters sent out explaining how to apply for school places

5 September 2022

Online application facility opens

17 September 2022

Grammar School Entrance Test Day

17 October 2022

Grammar School Test results sent out - all results will be sent to parents/carers by the schools, this team does not have access to the results so please direct all queries to the schools

Midnight, 31 October 2022

Closing date for applications

4 February 2023

Late Grammar School Entrance Test Day

1 March 2023

Allocation Day & parents/carers will receive the results of the late grammar school entrance test from the grammar schools directly

Midnight, 8 March 2023

Closing date for acceptances/declines and waiting list requests

After 29 March 2023

Outcome of waiting list requests sent out

7 April 2023

Closing date for waiting list round responses

May to July 2023


For Information and guidance regarding Middle to High School transfer please visit the relevant authority's website.


Grammar School Entrance Test Information for September 2024 Intake

The grammar schools have advised that the registration window for the 2024 Admissions Entrance Test will be open from noon, 22 May 2023 to noon, 30 June 2023. The schools are planning for the Entrance Test to take place on Saturday 16 September 2023.

Please be advised that the registration for and administration of the Admissions Entrance Test is all carried out by the Gloucestershire grammar schools themselves and therefore any queries in reference to the Entrance Test should be directed to the grammar schools. After the test, every grammar school you have opted to share your child's score with will send you confirmation of whether your child has achieved a qualifying score for that school or not. Again, this is carried out by the Gloucestershire grammar schools and the Co-ordinated Admissions Team does not have access to this information.

It is important to note that obtaining a qualifying rank on the Entrance Test is not an automatic offer of a place in the grammar school(s). Parent/carers must also list the grammar school(s) on their secondary school application form to their home local authority between September 2023 and the closing date of 31 October 2023.

Please note - your child will not be offered a place in a grammar school if it has not been listed on your secondary school application form.

Further information on the admissions process in available in the Secondary Information and Guidance Booklet 2024 in the Relation Documents column.


An application must be made to the county council for every child starting at secondary school in September.

Applications can be made online 24 hours a day, seven days a week from September until midnight, 31 October or a paper form which can be downloaded from this webpage and returned to the team.

Full information on the admissions process and information about individual schools is available in Information and Guidance booklet available online. It is important to read this information before applying for a school place.

Parents/carers are encouraged to list five preferred schools on their form as school places cannot be guaranteed - failing to include second, third, fourth and fifth preferences could lead to students being allocated a school that their parent/carer would not have listed.

Parents/carers will find out which school they have been allocated on 1 March and will need to return the reply form by 8 March. Parents/carers who have requested to go on a waiting list, requested an alternative placement or have made a late application will receive the result after 29 March.

In certain circumstances your child may get help with the cost of transport to school. We need to know how many students need transport several months before they start school in September so you need to apply as soon as you know which school your child will be going to.

You can find out how to apply on our school transport pages.

If you only put one preference, you will be allocated that school

No, you could disadvantage yourself by not using all your preferences. If you only name one, you will only be considered for that school and if you don't get a place, you could be allocated a school far away.

If you name the same school in all five preferences, you are considered five times for that school

No, this is the same as only naming one school.

Schools will only look at those students who have named them as first preference

No, schools do not know in which order they have been named. An equal ranking system is used to allocate places.

If I think my preferred school will be oversubscribed, there is no point applying

You should list your preferences in your preferred order (the order you which you want them considered) as demand for places changes every year.

I am guaranteed a place at my local school even if I don't name it as a preference

No, you must name your local school if you want to be considered for a place there. If we cannot offer any of your preferences and you have not applied for your local school, it is unlikely you will be offered a place there.

I do not need to apply as I have an older child already attending the school

No, you do still need to make an application for your younger child to join the school. If you do not, the school’s spaces may be filled with parents who did apply and your child may not be allocated a place.

If you apply late, you will still be allocated one of your choices

No, if your application is late (or you do not apply) you will be offered a place at the nearest school to your home address that has space available. This may not be your nearest school, or a school of your choice, and you will be responsible for transport costs.

For information and to apply for a place at SGS Berkeley Green UTC please visit their website

For information regarding UTC's outside Gloucestershire please visit the websites for these establishments and follow the procedures outlined in their policies.

To apply for a school place if you move to the area during the school year or your child needs to move school for other reasons go to our in-year admissions page.

Contact us

If you have not managed to find an answer to your question in the information above or in the booklets, contact us on 01452 425407 or

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