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  Applying for Secondary School

You can apply online for your child to:


  • -Start secondary school in Year 7 in September 2017 
    (closing date 31 October 2016) - applications can be made from 5 September 2016

Before you make your application to Essex County Council you should check you live in the administrative area of Essex.


Please note that you will need to create an account to use the online admissions system before you can apply, even if you have made an online application in a previous year. You will be asked:


  1. -for your contact details
  • -to create a password of at least six characters containing at least two numbers
  • -to give an answer to a secret question for security reasons


Once you have created an account you will be able to apply for your child’s school place. Please make sure that you submit your online application and that you receive an email to confirm when it has been submitted.


If you do not receive an email which confirms that you have submitted your online application then you have not successfully applied. You must log back into your account and submit. You will not be reminded to do this.    



Making changes to your application before the closing date

You can change your preferences on your online application up to and including the closing date of 31 October 2016 by logging into your account, amending your existing application and resubmitting it.


You must resubmit your application after you have made any such changes otherwise they will not be taken into consideration.

Paper applicants need to submit any change requests in writing by sending an email to


If you move house after you have submitted an application, you
must tell us immediately by email or by letter. Please do not
just change your address on your online application without letting us know by email or letter as well


Changing your email address
Important note: If you have already registered or applied and need to change your email address, log into your existing application using your old (existing) details.
Do not register with a new email address before you go into your child's record. If you register the new email address first, you will not be able to link it to your child's record.

Making changes to your application after the closing date

Amending preferences: A request to change your preferences after the closing date will not be accepted, unless this is for an address change. Evidence of any address change must be supplied by the specified deadlines, which are set out in the Secondary Education in Essex and Primary Education in Essex booklets.
Any change requests must be submitted to School Admissions in writing (whether you applied online or by paper). You can
Moving house: If you move house after the closing date, you must tell us immediately by email or by letter. Please do not just change your address on your online application without letting us know by email or letter as well as sending us proof of your new address e.g. exchange of contracts or tenancy agreement. 
Amending your login details/viewing your application: You can view your online application and amend your personal details (as the applicant), such as changing your email address or mobile number. 
After you have logged in, you need to select 'Change My Login Details' at the top of the screen and then amend your details as necessary, saving them before you close the page. You can check this has worked by logging in again and making sure that you can still view your application. 

On or after the offer date

On or after the offer day, 1 March 2017 for secondary schools and18 April 2017 for primary schools, you can log into your account using your email address and password to view your child’s school allocation.
All other amendments to applications need to be made in writing to:
School Admissions
Essex County Council
PO Box 4261
County Hall
For advice please contact us on 0345 603 2200