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Starting secondary school in September?


The wait for news of secondary school places is almost over for pupils, parents and carers.

A total of 6251 Gloucestershire children will be offered a secondary school place for September this year, with 86 per cent of pupils receiving a place at their first choice school.

On Thursday 1st March, parents and carers of pupils going to secondary school in September 2018 will receive a place from Gloucestershire County Council. All parents and carers in the county will be offered one school place for their child on the same day.

Parents and carers will have until 8th March to accept their school place or request an alternative school. The 94 per cent of parents and carers who applied online will receive an email confirming their school place after 9am on 1st March and will be able to accept their place online.

As well as the 86 per cent being offered their first choice school, 96 per cent are being offered one of their choices.

Other parents and carers should receive a letter on Thursday 1st March, including the place on offer and the reasons why. This letter will be specific to each pupil and will contain an explanation for the decision made. More information is available at

Parents and carers are encouraged to accept their place online or return their reply forms as soon as possible. More places are likely to become available over the next few months as people change their preferences.

If parents or carers ask for their child's school place to be reconsidered, they will be placed on the waiting list for their preferred schools. If places then become available, they will be offered a place in line with the schools admission policy.

Anyone unhappy with their initial offer are encouraged to keep their place as this will ensure that, whatever the outcome of the reconsideration; their child will have a place at a school in September.

The county council will write to parents and carers with the result of the reconsideration after 30th March, and parents will have until the 6th April to reply. People who are still not satisfied with their given school will be advised of the appeals procedure.

Cllr Richard Boyles, cabinet member for children and young people, said: “It’s that exciting time of year again when Gloucestershire’s young people find out where the next stage of their education will be. Starting secondary school is a big step and I wish all pupils well for this next stage of their journey.”

The admission criteria and more information about waiting lists for every school is also available at

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