Secondary school applications

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The admissions team are still be processing applications for school places.  If you have any urgent query please email and we will respond to you as soon as possible.

Secondary school applications

If your child is in year six during the 2019 - 2020 school year, you must apply for a secondary school place between Monday 2 September and Wednesday 31 October 2019. If you live in Hull you must apply to us with your preferences of primary schools for your child, even if the school you want is not in Hull.

To make your application click below to register for the My School Portal.  Applications can be submitted or amended up to midnight on the 31 October. Alternatively you can request an application form by contacting 01482 300 300 or download the application from this page.

If your application is late you may not receive confirmation of your allocated school until after Friday 27 March 2020. Late applications made after 31 October 2019 can only be made by completing an application form which should be returned to the school admissions team.

We will accept late applications or late changes to applications but they will not be processed until after the applications that were received before the closing date.We recommend that you give 3 preferences of schools.

Applications to St Mary's College

If you have selected St Mary's College as one of your preferred schools you are required to complete and return an additional form along with your online submission.

If your child has an Education, Health and Care Plan there is a separate admissions process

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What happens next

We contact you on Monday 2 March 2020 to let you know which school your child has been allocated.

If you applied online and requested notification by email, a confirmation of your allocated school is sent to your email address in the early hours of Monday 2 March 2020 . If you did not request confirmation by email or you did not apply online, you must wait for your allocation letter which is sent by first class post on Monday 2 March 2020 .  We cannot confirm your child's allocated school over the telephone.

If you applied late or changed your application we write to you after Friday 27 March to let you know which school your child has been allocated.

Selecting the right secondary school for your child

We have created a guide for parents which contains useful information about the application process including -

  • details about secondary schools in Hull
  • important dates for you to know
  • information on making an application

Proof of address

We may ask you for proof of residence at the address you have given. A child’s home address is defined as the address at which the parent or carer and child and ordinarily resident at the time of application.

We are committed to preventing fraudulent applications for school places.

You must - 

  • only use one address when applying for a school place
  • use the address at which the parent or carer and child are ordinarily resident
  • be held responsible for proving they are ordinarily resident at the address
  • provide additional information if requested before places can be confirmed

We may - 

  • check addresses against other records we hold, in accordance with our Data Protection Register
  • ask for suitable proof of residence, tenancy (if renting), or proof of completion (if buying)
  • request proof of council tax payment
  • invite you to discuss the address details on your application with the fraud investigation team

A school place may be withdrawn, even after the child has started school, if an application is found to be fraudulent or intentionally misleading.

How school places are allocated

Each school has a published number of places that are available for allocation.

Where there are -

  • places available for all pupils that have applied then all pupils will qualify for a place
  • more applications for places than there are places available the oversubscription criteria are used to determine which pupils qualify for one of these places

If your child -

  • qualifies for a place at only one of the schools named on the application form your child will be offered a place at the school
  • qualifies for a place at more than one of the schools named on your application form your child will be offered a place at the school you ranked highest
  • does not qualify for a place at any of the schools named on your application form your child will be offered a place at your nearest school which has a place available

If you live outside of Hull and have applied for a Hull school your home authority will forward your application to us and we will notify them if your child qualifies for a place at a Hull school. Your home authority will then confirm which school place your child should be given based on the order of your preferences.

Access information about secondary school admission arrangements

Late applications

If you miss the deadline date for making your application you must complete and return an application form to us as soon as possible. If you applied late or changed your application after 31 October 2019 we may not able to confirm your child's allocated School until after 27 March 2020.

If we cannot allocate your preferred school

If we cannot offer a place at any of your preferred schools we will place you on a waiting list for the school until the end of the autumn term where you are offered the right to appeal. You are then allocated a place at the next nearest Hull school that has a vacancy.


We offer you the right to appeal if we cannot place you at one of your preferred schools. An appeal form and guidance is sent to you with our letter confirming the outcome of your application.

You must return your appeal form to the admissions team within 20 school days. Some schools are responsible for arranging their own independent appeals. We send completed appeal forms directly to those schools on your behalf.

An independent appeal panel of three volunteers hear the appeal. They consider the -

  • school's reason for not offering a place
  • your reasons for needing a place at the school

Your appeal must be heard within 40 school days. You receive information at least 10 days before the appeal date about the -

  • appeal
  • date and time
  • location

You are informed of the outcome of the appeal in writing shortly after the appeal is heard.

Places in sixth form

If you want a place in a school sixth form or a sixth form college you must contact the school or college direct.

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School information

Information about each school can be found in the Guide for Parents, on the school website or on the Ofsted Website.  Ofsted are changing the way in which they inspect and report on schools from September 2019.  

Find out more information about how Ofsted is changing how it inspects schools