How to choose a secondary school

If your child is now in Year 6, the past few weeks will probably have been a particularly busy time for you.  By Halloween, 31st October 2013, you need to have completed an application if you would like your child to transfer to a maintained secondary school.  All the secondary schools in Shropshire have hosted open evenings in the previous weeks and I hope that you and your child have taken the opportunity to visit schools to see what they have to offer.

Most parents whose children are in Shropshire schools have received a letter from the School Admissions Team giving advice on how and where to make an application and where to find further information.

Shropshire Council also produces a useful information booklet called the “Parents’ Guide to Education” which is designed to help parents who are going through the school admission process.  To access the booklet, click on the link Parents’ Guide to Education or alternatively, you can find copies of the booklet in schools and libraries.  Information on transfer to secondary school can be found on pages 35 to 58.

Once you have decided on your preferred schools, you can make application online through the Shropshire Council website:

What to do now:

  1. Consider which schools you prefer.
  2. Read the relevant pages of the Parents’ Guide or contact the Admissions Team.
  3. Look at the school prospectus.
  4. Decide which schools you would like to apply for.  You should name 3 schools, especially if your preferred school is not your nearest or catchment school.
  5. Make your application online via or telephone 0345 678 9008 if you do not have internet access.

If you make your application online then you will be able to view your individual result on the Shropshire Council website from midnight on 3rd March 2014.  Otherwise you will have to wait for your letter which will be posted by second class post on 3rd March.  If you forget to make your application by 31st October, it could potentially mean that the school you prefer is full by the time your child’s application is considered.  So don’t miss out!


Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.