Starting secondary school September 2024

The closing date for applications to start secondary school in September 2024 has now passed.

Applications made on or before the closing date of 31 October 2023 are classed as on time and will be looked at together. Applications made after the 31 October 2023 are classed as late and will be looked at after on-time applications. This is unless the child has changed address or has recently been taken into care.

You can find more information in the Secondary Education – Information for Parents 2024-25 booklet


If you’re not applying for first admission to Secondary School, moving from year 6 to year 7 in 2024 you need to visit our moving schools page for details of in-year transfers.

Living outside the Warrington area?

If you live outside of the Warrington area (i.e. pay council tax to another local authority) you can state a preference for a Warrington school, but you must apply using your home local authority application form.

How to make a late application

Only Warrington residents should complete our application form.

You can download a copy of the application form or you can contact the admission team on 01925 446226 and we can email or post a form to you.

Once complete, scan your completed form and send it to:
Please do not send photographs of completed applications we need to make copies of them.

Or you can post it to:
Admissions Team, East Annexe, Town Hall, Sankey Street, Warrington, WA1 1UH

Before applying

Please read the Secondary Education – Information for Parents 2024-25 booklet and view a map of all the Warrington secondary schools before applying.

Making a choice of school

When you apply you can list three schools for your child. We advise you to choose three schools in order of preference and list them in your application. Listing only one will not guarantee getting a place at that school. If you list only one school and we are unable to meet your preference, you will be given a place at the next nearest school to your home which has a place available.

Supplementary forms

If any of your preferences are for a faith school, you must complete the schools own supplementary form as well as our online application form. The supplementary forms give the schools more details to help them decide the correct oversubscription criteria for your child.

Completed forms should be sent directly to the school.

Cardinal Newman Catholic High School (

St Gregory's Catholic High School (

Sir Thomas Boteler Church of England High School (

Child in care, medical or social application information

If you want your child’s application to be reviewed with child in care, medical or social criteria, you need to send verifying information with your application. Please email this to the School Admission team as a scanned document. you can also send copies of it by post.

Please do not send photographs of verifying information.

Child in care information

If your child is in care or was formerly in care, you must send details of the Local Authority the child was in the care of and a copy of the Adoption Certificate, Child Arrangement Order or Special Guardianship Order.

Medical or social information

Please send supporting evidence from a registered professional, such as a Medical Practitioner, Psychologist or Social Worker, which sets out detailed reasons why the school in question is the most suitable school for your child.

Apply now

If you have all your information ready, you can apply for a place.

Getting an offer of a place

We send offers to all on-time applications by email unless you have chosen to get this by post or have applied late. Email offers will be sent to the address you gave on the online application form from 10am on 1 March 2024. If you have chosen to be told by post or applied late, letters will be sent by second class post on 1 March 2024. Please allow time for delivery.

2 November 2023