Apply for a place at school (2024)

Year 7 applications for entry in 2024

If your child has an Education, Health and Care Plan (EHCP), please do not apply for their Year 7 place through the Admissions Team. If you have any queries regarding their Year 7 allocation, please contact the SEN Team using the email address SEN@bradford.gov.uk.

Late applications

The online application process for Y7 applications closed at midnight on 31 October 2023, so it can no longer be used to submit applications.

If your child is resident in Bradford and you have not yet applied for their Y7 place, please download a Late Y7 Application Form (PDF) and return this to secondaryadmissions@bradford.gov.uk as soon as possible.

If your child is resident in Bradford, but you wish to apply for schools located in another local authority, you need to list these schools on the Bradford application.

Please be aware that some schools also require a supplementary application form (SIF) to be submitted directly. Please see individual school websites for further details.

Waiting lists

If you wish your child to be placed on the waiting list for a Bradford district school you applied for on your original application, please complete a Waiting List Form (PDF) and return this to secondaryadmissions@bradford.gov.uk.

If you wish your child to be placed on the waiting list for any schools located in other local authorities which you have already applied for, please contact the authority the school is located in for advice. We do not administer waiting lists for other local authority schools.

Please Note – Some local authorities may keep all children on the waiting lists for higher preference schools they did not qualify for places at and may alter allocations without contacting families first. If you applied for any schools located outside of Bradford district, please ensure you check that authority’s process directly.

Applying for additional schools

Undersubscribed’ schools had enough places for all children who required a place at the initial application stage.

All applicants may add any of the undersubscribed schools onto their child’s application if they so wish, by using the Waiting List Form (PDF). This form contains a table naming these schools. Adding these schools to your child’s application does not guarantee your child a place there.

Oversubscribed’ schools did not have enough places for all children who required a place at the initial application stage. If a school does not appear in the table of undersubscribed schools on the Waiting List Form (PDF), it was oversubscribed.

If you did not apply for five preferences on your original application (the maximum number), you can apply for extra schools which were oversubscribed by completing the Additional Preference Form (PDF) and returning this to secondaryadmissions@bradford.gov.uk.

Appeals

If your child did not qualify for a place at a preferred school, you may submit an appeal for this school if you wish. Bingley Grammar School, Eden Boys’ Leadership Academy, Trinity Academy Bradford and the Dixons Academies (excluding Dixons Cottingley Academy) have their own appeal arrangements and you must contact them directly for a form. All other Bradford district schools use the council’s Appeal Form (PDF). This should be returned to schoolappeals@bradford.gov.uk.

If you wish to appeal for any schools located in other local authorities which your child has been refused a place at, please contact the authority the school is located in for advice, as we do not process appeal forms or hold appeal hearings for OLA schools.

More information on the appeal process is available on the make an appeal page.

Reception applications for entry in 2024

The online application process for Reception applications closed at midnight on 15 January 2024, so it can no longer be used to submit applications.

If your child is resident in Bradford and you have not yet applied for their Reception place, please download a Late Reception Application Form (PDF) and return this to primaryadmissions@bradford.gov.uk as soon as possible.

Alternatively, a paper form can be provided by any Bradford district primary school or can be posted out by the Admissions Team on request.

If your child is resident in Bradford, but you wish to apply for schools located in another local authority, you need to list these schools on the Bradford application.

Please be aware that some schools also require a supplementary application form (SIF) to be submitted directly. Please see individual school websites for further details.

Waiting lists

If you wish your child to be placed on the waiting list for a Bradford district school you applied for on your original application, please complete a Waiting List Form (PDF) and return this to primaryadmissions@bradford.gov.uk.

If you wish your child to be placed on the waiting list for any schools located in other local authorities which you have already applied for, please contact the authority the school is located in for advice. We do not administer waiting lists for other local authority schools.

Please Note – Some local authorities may keep all children on the waiting lists for higher preference schools they did not qualify for places at and may alter allocations without contacting families first. If you applied for any schools located outside of Bradford district, please ensure you check that authority’s process directly.

Applying for additional schools

‘Undersubscribed’ schools had enough places for all children who required a place at the initial application stage.

All applicants may add any of the undersubscribed schools onto their child’s application if they so wish, by using the Waiting List Form (PDF).This form contains a table naming these schools. Adding these schools to your child’s application does not guarantee your child a place there.

‘Oversubscribed’ schools did not have enough places for all children who required a place at the initial application stage. If a school does not appear in the table of undersubscribed schools on the Waiting List Form (PDF),it was oversubscribed.

If you did not apply for five preferences on your original application (the maximum number), you can apply for extra schools which were oversubscribed by completing the Additional Preference Form (PDF)and returning this to primaryadmissions@bradford.gov.uk.

Appeals

If your child did not qualify for a place at a preferred school, you may submit an appeal for this school if you wish. Dixons Allerton Academy, Dixons Music Academy, Our Lady of Victories Catholic Primary School, St Anne’s Catholic Primary School, St Anthony’s Catholic Primary School (Clayton), St Winefride’s Catholic Primary School, St Joseph’s Catholic Primary School (Keighley), St John The Evangelist Catholic Primary School and St Walburga’s Catholic Primary School have their own appeal arrangements and you must contact them directly for a form. All other Bradford district schools use the council’s Appeal Form (PDF). This should be returned to schoolappeals@bradford.gov.uk.

If you wish to appeal for any schools located in other local authorities which your child has been refused a place at, please contact the authority the school is located in for advice, as we do not process appeal forms or hold appeal hearings for OLA schools.

More information on the appeal process is available on the make an appeal page.

Apply for a place

Please use the link below to access the online system. If you are applying late, you will need to apply on a late application form, as the online system closes on the relevant closing date.

Apply now for a place at school

Applications for other year groups

Please go to the page on in-year applications for further information.

When will I find out about my child's school place?

Applications for entry to Year 7 in September 2024: 1 March 2024

All parents and carers who applied online will receive their child’s offer letter with any additional information required by email on 1 March (unless they opted out of this service).Emails will be sent out from 8am on 1 March.

All online applicants can also view their child’s school place offer frommidnight on 1 Marchbylogging into their account on the online system.

Parents and carers who applied on a paper form or opted not to receive an email will have their child’s allocation letter sent out by Royal Mail, first class post, on 1 March.

Applications for entry to Reception in September 2024: 16 April 2024

If you apply online for a primary school place, you will receive an email on 16 April 2024 telling you which school your child has been offered (unless you opted out of this service).Emails will be sent out from 8am on 16 April.

All online applicants can also view their child’s school place offer frommidnight on 16 Aprilbylogging into their account on the online system.

Parents and carers who applied on a paper form or opted not to receive an email will have their child’s allocation letter sent out by Royal Mail, first class post, on 16 April.

Where can I get more help or advice?

Read the Guide for Parents about Admission Arrangements booklet, which you can download from this website or get from Bradford Council's Education Services or any primary school from 12 September 2023.

Contact the School Admissions Team.

Attend secondary school open evenings.

Contact primary schools directly for further information regarding open days.

The journey to school

Details of the policy for travel assistance from home to school are available in the Applying for Secondary School guidance and on our assistance with travel to home, school and college page.

Contact us

School Admissions Team

Monday to Friday, 9am to 4pm: 01274 439200

Annual Year 7 admissions queries (to transfer from primary to secondary school)

secondaryadmissions@bradford.gov.uk

Annual Reception admissions queries (to start primary school for the first time)

primaryadmissions@bradford.gov.uk

Queries relating to in year applications

schooladmissions@bradford.gov.uk

Queries relating to appeals

schoolappeals@bradford.gov.uk

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