School admissions

A guide to school admissions advice

Information for Slough residents on the school admissions process can be found in our comprehensive guidebook entitled "Slough parents' guide to admissions." We recommend all parents read the relevant sections of the document before submitting an application for a school place.

Parents with children due to transfer to secondary school in September 2019 may find our video guide helpful. It features useful tips and answers questions you may have about the process.

Ways to apply

If you are a Slough resident, the easiest way to apply is online using our Citizen Portal.

If you prefer to apply via a paper application form, you may print, complete and return one of the below forms. 

Please refer to the phase transfer and other transfer sections below for more information.

Phase transfer

This includes:

  • Starting school in reception
  • Transferring from infant to junior school
  • Transferring from primary to secondary school.

The application process for these transfer groups opens on 1 September each year. Your application will need to be made in the year before planned entry to school.

Opening and closing dates for phase transfer

Admission group Opening date Closing date DOB range for September 2019 entry Application method
Reception entry 1 September 15 January 1 September 2014 – 31 August 2015 Apply online
Infant to junior transfer 1 September 15 January 1 September 2011 – 31 August 2012 Apply online
Secondary transfer 1 September 31 October 1 September 2007 – 31 August 2008 Apply online

A summary of key points which parents should consider when making an application to these transfer groups can be found on our dedicated pages for primary school and secondary school places.

Other transfer

This includes:

  • In year transfer
  • Windsor middle school transfer
  • Windsor upper school transfer

The application process for these transfer groups opens on 1 September each year. Applications for Windsor middle and upper transfer will need to be made in the year before planned entry to school.

Parents/carers considering making an in year application should refer to our in year admissions page before applying.

Opening and closing dates for other transfer

Admission group Opening date Closing date DOB range for September 2019 entry Application method
In year 1 September 31 July  N/A  Apply online 
Windsor middle  1 September  31 October  1 September 2008 - 31 August 2009  Apply online 
Windsor upper 1 September 31 October 1 September 2004 - 31 August 2005 Apply online

Appeals

If we are unable to offer you a place for your child at your preferred school, you have the right to appeal. Information on the appeals process will be communicated to you alongside notification of your offer. More details can be found on our school admission appeals page.

Slough Consortium of Grammar Schools - September 2019 entry

If you wish to be considered for a place at one of Slough's grammar schools, your child must sit the 11+.

Slough's 11+ process is overseen by the Slough Consortium of Grammar Schools.

The below information sheet provides advice, guidance and key dates relating to the 11+ process for September 2019 entry.

Other information

Report to the schools adjudicator

The local authority is required to submit an annual report on school admissions to the Office of the Schools Adjudicator:

School admission proposals and consultations

Schools have now agreed their admissions arrangements for 2019. Full details are available on school websites.  There are no changes to the admission arrangements for community and voluntary controlled schools included in the current Parents' Guide to Admissions above.

A new Slough parents' guide to admissions will be published on this website in August 2018 explaining the admissions process for 2019. It will also include the admissions policies for all Slough schools.

Contact us

Online
Contact School Admissions

Telephone
01753 875728
Monday to Friday 9am to 5pm

In person
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Monday to Friday 9am to 5pm