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Admission to Secondary School 2021 update

Secondary School Offers

If you have submitted an online application for your child’s secondary school place. You will be aware that secondary school places will be offered on Monday 1 March 2021.

This update is to provide you with some useful information about the process and point you to additional support that will be available online.

As you applied online, you will be sent an email informing you which secondary school has been offered to your child. Emails will be sent on Monday 1 March 2021, and we expect that you will receive your email by 4pm. 

The exact time will depend on your email service provider. If you have not received any emails, please ensure you check your junk mail folder as the email could be in there. Your junk folder could be called 'junk', 'trash' or 'spam'.

Alternatively, you can log back into your account to see the result of your application.

All parents who made a paper or telephone application will be sent a decision letter via post.  All letters leave the office on the 1 March. They are posted 2nd class so they should arrive (depending on Royal Mail) on Wednesday 3 March.

Please do not contact Coventry City Council before you have received the offer of a school place.

If for any reason you have not received your letter or email by 4 March 2021, we will provide you with information on the outcome of your application over the telephone.  

If you applied after the closing date of 31 October 2020 then you will not receive an offer of a school place on 1st March. You will be notified in early April of your school place offer.

If you did not make an application then please apply as soon as possible.

Next steps

If your circumstances have changed and you want to change your application to request different schools then please email your request to [email protected] or call 024 7697 5445 by 12 March with any new requests.

If your child has not been offered a place at any of the schools you applied for, this will be because the school(s) received more applications than there were places available and other children met the admission criteria more closely than your child. The Local Authority are legally obliged to offer a school place and therefore your child will have been offered a place at the nearest school from the home address that had a place available after we had completed the allocation. If you are not happy with the distance of the school to your home address you may be entitled to a free travel pass for your child. The school place offered (preference 8) will not be removed from your child until a place can be offered at an alternative school.

You will be placed on the waiting lists for the schools where your application has been refused and you will have the right of appeal. In the meantime, you can make requests for places at other schools. Please email your request to [email protected] or call 024 76975445 by 12 March with any new requests.

From 15 March we will put together all late applications and changes of preference and complete a second round of offers in early April. Any places which become available will be offered according to those who have the highest priority on the school waiting lists which are organised according to the admissions policy of each school.  

Waiting lists

If you do not receive an offer of a place at one of your higher preference schools your child's name will automatically be placed on the waiting lists for those schools and will remain on these lists until the end of the Autumn term (31 December). Applications are prioritised according to the admissions policy of each school.

Having a place on the waiting list is no guarantee that a place will become available. For the September 2020 admissions process, oversubscribed schools offered on average five places to those on waiting lists

The position your child is at on the waiting list is as of the day you enquire. There will be no changes to the waiting list from 1 March until we have completed the second allocation round so information on changes to waiting list positions will only be available from 1 April 2021.

The Admissions team will contact you if a school place becomes available for your child from a waiting list.

Parents who have applied for places outside the city should contact the appropriate authority direct to discuss the appeals process and the position on any waiting lists. 

Appeals

You have the right to appeal at any school that you have applied for and had written confirmation of being refused admission. 

If you are considering the possibility of submitting an appeal, please read the advice regarding appeals on the School Admissions website carefully.

You can only appeal against the refusal of a place at a school you applied for.

Appeals are heard and decided by panels who are completely independent of the council and the school(s).

Consider the likelihood of your appeal being successful.

For example, were you realistic with the preferences you submitted for your child?

Appeals are generally only successful if you or your child have exceptional reasons for needing admission to a particular school.

There are no guarantees that any appeal will be successful (see below for the number heard and success rates for appeals administered by Coventry City Council over the last two years).

Percentage of successful appeals from 2019 to 2020

School year

Number of appeals heard

% of successful appeals

Secondary transfer 2020

125

22%

Secondary transfer 2019

158

16%

Please find below a list of schools whose appeals are administered by the Local Authority. Should you wish to appeal for any of these schools, the closing date for submitting your written appeal is 1 April 2021.  Appeals will be heard in the first round of appeals between 17 May – 21 June 2021.

Appeals submitted after the 1 April 2021 and by the closing date of 10 June 2021 will be heard between 5 July – 21 July 2021. If you miss the 19 May closing date, it will be classed as a late appeal and will be heard after the on-time appeals, and it may not be heard before the beginning of September 2021.

  • Barr’s Hill School
  • Coundon Court School
  • Eden Girls School
  • Grace Academy
  • Lyng Hall School
  • President Kennedy School
  • Seva School
  • Stoke Park School

You can access the appeal form online.

All other Coventry secondary school appeals are administered by the schools themselves. Read further information on deadline dates and who to contact.

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