Halton Local Authority's Admissions

Application to Secondary 2024​​

National Offer Day for Secondary 2024 is 1st March 2024. Emails and letters will be sent on the day and you can also login to your online account to view your offeron Friday​ 1st March 2024.

(Offer emails will be sent during normal office hours. For those who applied by paper form, letters will be posted on 1st March and may take a few days to arrive)

For information regarding place offers for this admission round and for an indication of vacancies please view the Secondary 2024 Summary.

If you have been unsuccessful and wish to make a formal appeal please visit our School Admission Appeals page

If you haven’t applied already, please complete the Late Secondary 2024 Application Form. If you have applied and wish to submit a new preference, please email schooladmissions@halton.gov.uk with your child’s name, date of birth and the new preference school(s). All new preferences received by 10th March 2024 will be considered together and outcomes will be communicated by post following the outcome (please allow 10 days for the letter to reach you). You may find it useful to look at the Secondary 2024 Summary for information regarding vacancies before submitting new preferences.

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Application to Primary 2024

Applications are now open for parents/carers of children born between 01/09/2019 and 31/08/2020 wishing to make an application for their child to start Primary School in September 2024.

The deadline for Primary 2024 applications was Monday 15th January 2024 ​and has now passed.

Parents/carers wishing to make an application are now required to complete the Late Primary Application Form 2024 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 

LATE Primary 2024 Application Form 

Please take a look at the Admission to Primary School 2024 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 2025 instead of 2024), please complete and return this Defer Primary Application form to schooladmissions@halton.gov.uk before the deadline of 15th January 2024. 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.


Following consultation, the Council’s Executive Board at the meeting held on 19th January 2023 determined the admission arrangements for community and voluntary controlled schools in Halton, and the Coordinated Schemes for both Primary and Secondary schools for the September 2024 intake which apply to all primary and secondary schools in Halton.

Should you wish to object to the arrangements, objections must be made to the Office of the Schools Adjudicator by 15th May 2023. A link to the OSA website is here: Office of the Schools Adjudicator.


Following statutory consultation that ran from 1st October to 12th November 2021 the Council’s Executive Board approved the proposed admission arrangements for LA maintained community and voluntary controlled primary schools and co-ordinated admissions scheme for all Halton primary schools for the September 2023 intake, together with the co-ordinated admissions scheme for all Halton secondary schools for the September 2023 intake, at the meeting held on 20th January 2022. A link to the determined arrangements for primary and secondary schools is below

If anyone wishes to object to the arrangements those objections must made to the Schools Adjudicator by 15 May 2022. A link to the OSA website is here: OSA

Statutory Consultation – September 2025 School Admissions Intake

As statutorily required. The LA is consulting on its proposed admissions criteria for community and voluntary controlled schools for the September 2025 intake, together with the Proposed Coordinated Admissions Schemes for both Primary intakes and Secondary Intakes for the September 2025 admissions round.

The coordinated schemes, following consultation and approval by the Council’s Executive Board, will then apply to all Halton schools (community, voluntary controlled, voluntary aided, and academy schools) for the September 2025 intake. Please be aware that own authority schools (voluntary aided and academy schools) may also be consulting on their own admissions arrangements for the September 2025 intake, so please visit the school’s own website for those arrangements.

If you wish to comment on the consultation, please submit your response to schooladmissions@halton.gov.uk by no later than 5pm on Friday 10th November 2023. You will not receive an individual response to your consultation response.

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