Parents or guardians of pupils who are due to start secondary school for the first time in 2016 can now apply for a place for their child.

The window for applications is now open and people should start thinking now about which secondary school they would prefer their child to attend.

Families have until the end of October to submit their application and Councillor Claire Darke, the City of Wolverhampton Council's Cabinet Member for Education, said: "If your child is starting their final year at primary or junior school this month, you now need to start considering which secondary school you'd prefer them to join in September 2016.

"This is one of the most important decisions you will make for your child. The closing date for applications is the end of October, and ensuring your application is in before then deadline will increase the chance of your child securing a place at one of your preferred schools."

Parents or guardians must apply for their choice of secondary school online at Type=articles;Articleid=2548;Title=School admissions;. Applicants will be notified of their allocated school place on 1 March 2016.

Wolverhampton's secondary schools will be holding a number of open days over the coming weeks for parents and their children to see what's on offer before expressing a preference. More details are available at Type=articles;Articleid=2548;Title=School admissions;.

Councillor Darke added: "Our secondary schools have undergone a major transformation in recent years.

"We invested £270 million in new and refurbished accommodation through the Building Schools for the Future (BSF) programme and this has provided modern learning environments that our young people can be proud of.

"We are also working hard to raise school standards across Wolverhampton, and 76% of our secondary schools are now rated good or outstanding by Ofsted, compared to just 57% 2 years ago."

  • released: Monday 7 September, 2015