Starting Secondary School

If your child has just settled back in school at the start of Year 6, the next few weeks will be a busy time for you! By 31st October 2015 you need to have made your application for whichever secondary school you would like your child to attend. All schools in Shropshire will be holding open evenings over the coming weeks which will give you and your child the opportunity to visit the schools and see what they have to offer.

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

Shropshire Council produces an information booklet 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. Alternatively, reference copies are held in schools and libraries.

A list of secondary school Open Evenings can be found on page 36 of the booklet. Open Evenings take place throughout September and October. Further information on transfer to secondary school can be found on pages 35 to 47.

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 are your preferred schools.
  2. Read the relevant pages of the Parents’ Guide or contact the Admissions Team if further information is required.
  3. Attend the Open Evenings of schools which interest you and ask for their prospectus.
  4. Decide which schools you would like to apply for. You should name 3 schools, especially if your preferred school is not your designated 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 2nd March 2016. Otherwise you will have to wait for your letter which will be posted from Shirehall by second class post on 2nd March.


2 thoughts on “Starting Secondary School

  1. Hello

    Could I suggest that you tailor your emails more? My son has only just started primary school – so I am obviously not going to be interested in Secondary schools yet. Which you would know if you had grouped your email addresses into age specific categories.
    With this email coming so soon after a recent email reminding me to fill in your survey about how I found the online school application process – which I had already filled in and returned – I wonder if other parents are also thinking of unsubscribing, as I am, to your information service, given that it obviously just sends your whole email base emails, that are not tailored to our age, stage, or actions obviously done already.

    Kind Regards

    • Hello Kathleen,

      Many thanks for your message and your feedback. Unfortunatly, our blog software does not allow us to tailor who gets which blog. Anyone who follows the blog gets all posts, regardless of content.

      It was not the Family Information Service which sent the email about the application process, but School Admission, and it was them who asked us to share this blog about starting school, but i agree it could be more co-ordinated.

      I hope you continue to follow our blog, we have lots of useful blogs planned.

      Many thanks

      Kate Bentham
      Family Information Service Co-ordinator
      01743 210461

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