Halton Local Authority's Admissions

Application to Secondary 2021​

Parents and carers of Year 6 children (born between 01/09/2009 and 31/08/2010) living in Halton are now invited to apply for a secondary school place in September 2021. The deadline to apply for a secondary school place in September 2021 was Saturday 31st October 2020 and has now passed. The online system for Secondary applications is now closed and you will need to complete a Late Secondary 2021 Application Form using the link below or by calling in to any of the Halton Direct Link Offices to complete one.

Important information for parents making preferences for Selective/Grammar schools:

Although Halton does not have any selective secondary schools, it is recognised that some parents will make preferences for these types of schools in neighbouring local areas. You must have submitted ​​your application by the deadline of 31st October 2020, but to assist with concerns that results from entrance exams may not be known by the deadline date for application (31st October) due to Covid-19 restrictions, parents in Halton will be permitted to change a preference for a selective school to a preference for a non-selective school up to and including 7th November 2020 (this date has been provided by neighbouring LAs with these school types), and that preference change will not be deemed as a late preference so long as it is received by that date. Parents making preferences for these type of schools are strongly advised to ensure that at least one of their preferences is for a local, non-selective school, to maximise the potential of being successful for at least one of their preferences.

​Application to Primary 2021

Applications are now open for parents/carers of children born between 01/09/2016 and 31/08/2017 and wishing to make an application for their child to start Primary School in September 2021.​​

The deadline for Primary 2021 applications was Friday 15th January 2021 ​and has now passed.

Parents/carers wishing to make an application are now required to complete the Late Primary Application Form 2021 which can be found in the link below or you can visit any of the Halton Direct Link Offices to request one. Forms can also be obtained by emailing schooladmissions@halton.gov.uk

For information regarding primary schools in Halton and their admissions policies, please take a look at the Admission to Primary School 2021 Booklet before making an application.​

You may also find the following documents useful when preparing your application:

​​Requests to educate outside of normal age group​​​

For parents of summer-born children (those born between April 1st and August 31st), wishing to make a formal request to educate their child outside of their normal age group (i.e. they start Reception class in 2022 instead of 2021), please complete and return this ​Defer Primary Application form to schooladmissions@halton.gov.ukbefore the deadline of 15th January 2021. You should read the DfE guidance Summer Born Children: Starting School – Advice for Parents before making your decision.

Your preference school(s) will be contacted and a decision will be made in the best interests of the child at the earliest opportunity.


To help you in getting your child ready for school Halton has an Early Years Strategy and has also prepared a booklet with guidance on how to prepare your child for school and how to get support from birth up to five years old, The Early Years Newborn to 5 Years Booklet.

School Admission Arrangements: Consultation – September 2022 intake

The Local Authority is consulting on the admission arrangements and coordinated schemes for primary and secondary schools for the September 2022 intake. The consultation will run from 1st October 2020 to Friday 13th November 2020, closing at 4:30pm. Anyone wishing to respond to the consultation should do so via email to schooladmissions@halton.gov.uk.

You will not receive a response to your submission, but any responses received will be considered by the Council’s Executive Board. Schools for whom the local authority are not the admissions authority (academies and voluntary aided faith schools) may be running their own consultations and you should visit the school websites for more details.

The full consultation documents can be found here:


In accordance with statutory requirements Halton Local Authority consulted between 8th October and 16th November 2018 on its proposed admission arrangements for community and voluntary controlled schools, and co-ordinated primary and secondary admission schemes which apply to all schools in Halton for the September 2020 intake. At a meeting held on 16th January 2019 the Council’s Executive Board agreed the arrangements and a link to the determined arrangements is attached below.  ​

Voluntary Aided Schools and Academy/Free Schools who intend amending their arrangements may be undertaking their own consultation and you should visit the school’s website where those details should be available for viewing. Halton Local Authority’s Annual Report to the Office of the Schools Adjudicator 2019. Office of the Schools Adjudicator annual report is also available​.


Following consultation, the Council’s Executive Board at the meeting held on 16th January 2020, determined the admission arrangements for community and voluntary controlled schools for the September 2021 intake, and the Primary and Secondary coordinated admission schemes for the September 2021 intake, which apply to all schools in Halton (Academy, Free Schools, Voluntary Aided, Community, and Voluntary Controlled). The documents are linked below:

Anyone wishing to make an objection to Halton’s determined admission arrangements must contact the Schools Adjudicator​ ​by15th May 2020 to register ​their objection. Details regarding the admission arrangements for Academies and Voluntary Aided schools in Halton can be found on the school’s own website, along with details of how to formally object.​

Halton LA Report to the Schools Adjudicator

School Place Planning Strategy

Data Protection

Halton Borough Council is the Data Controller for the personal information you provide.

We collect and hold information about you in order to process your school admissions request, including applications to primary, junior and secondary schools, in-year transfer applications and school admissions appeals.

For further information regarding data protection please visit our Data Protection and FOI web page