Secondary school admissions

Applying for a secondary school place

If your child was born between 1 September 2009 and 31 August 2010 you must apply for their secondary school place between 7 September 2020 and 31 October 2020.

Applications received after the closing date are treated as late applications. This means there will be far less chance of your child being offered a place at the school you want.

Our admissions timetable shows you when to apply, and when you can find out your offer. More information on the application process will be given in our school admissions brochure. Our page of download documents and forms also includes supplemental forms for religious schools.

You should complete your application in good time to have the best chance of getting a place at a school you would like your child to attend.

Apply online or return to your application

By applying online you will:

  • get an email acknowledgement of your application
  • be able to check which school place has been offered from 1 March 2021

Following an update to our online service on 16 July 2020, you will need to create a new login account when you first apply for a school admission after this date.

To create a new account, use the link below and select 'create an account'. Your login accounts for other Thurrock Council services are not affected.

School admissions applications

University Technical Colleges and Studio Schools

If your child was born between 1 September 2006 to 31 August 2007 and you would like them to start Year 10 in a University Technical College (UTC) or a Studio School in September 2021, you must apply between 7 September 2020 and 31 October 2020. You must complete an application even if you are applying for a place outside Thurrock. Go to our Year 10 admissions page for more information.

Home address

We normally process applications on the basis of the child's home address at the time of application and offer. You can find your street in our list of school catchment areas.

The home address is the address where the child is a permanent resident, or where the child is ordinarily resident. This is usually the address of the parent, or carer with parental responsibility. The adult with whom the child is ordinarily resident would receive Child Benefit for the child.

We measure distance using a specialist computer programme called 'Datamap'. This gives accurate walking distances from the gate of your home to the nearest entrance gate of your child's school. We do not consider distances measured in any other way.

You can use Datamap below to measure the shortest safe walking distance from your home to schools within Thurrock.

Datamap – home to school distance measurement

Late applications

Any application received after the closing date will be treated as a late application. We process late applications only after we have processed all the on-time applications. This means there will be far less chance of your child being offered a place at the school you want.

If you have already applied online you will not be able to make another application. Contact us if you feel you need to make another application, or to send evidence that your application was late due to exceptional circumstances.