Secondary schools

Applying for secondary schools in 2020

If your child will turn 11 between 1st September 2019 and 31st August 2020, he or she will transfer to secondary school at the start of the new school year in September 2020. 

The online application process is open from 3rd September 2019 until 31st October 2019.

The Admissions Portal may ask for your child’s Unique Identification Number (UID) when you apply, you can ask your child’s primary school for this number (Wigan Primary Schools Only). You can still apply without the UID. If the Admissions Portal does not ask for your UID it means that your child’s details have automatically been matched to their record and you won’t need to enter it.

§  Apply for secondary school admission online

If you need any help using the online service, please contact the School Organisation Team on 01942 489013.

It is very important that you read the Applying for Secondary School Booklet 2020-21 before making your application as it contains important information about the allocation process. Please note the booklet is currently in a draft format and the final version will be available from 12 September 2019. There may be some changes.

The closing date for applications is 31st October 2019.

Any applications received after this date will be classed as late.

Church Forms

If any of the schools you want your child to go to is a Wigan voluntary aided high school the governors will need extra information so that they can consider your application against their faith criteria. If you do not give this information your child may be refused a place.

You are strongly advised to complete a supplementary information form for each voluntary aided school you name as a preference. This must be returned to the relevant school before the closing date of 31st October 2019. It is your responsibility to check that any information sent by post has been received by the school.

Privacy Notice

The Council has a legal responsibility to protect the data it collects. A copy of the School Admissions and Appeals Service Privacy Notice can be downloaded.


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