Secondary School Admissions

Secondary School Admissions

It is the responsibility of parents to apply for a school place at the correct times. You will not receive any letters from Southend-on-Sea Borough Council to inform you that you must apply for your child’s school place.

All transfers from year 6 to year 7 for residents living in the Borough of Southend-on-Sea are received and processed by the School Admissions Team at Southend-on-Sea Borough Council. Full details can be found in the Secondary Admissions Booklet 2021.

Waiting lists

Your child will automatically be on a waiting list for a higher preference than which has been offered. If you have an offer but wish to be on the waiting list for a school lower on your list, you can email the admissions team to ‘switch’ your preferences around so that you are on the waiting list.

This does not include the selective places at schools or at the grammar schools.

Only the Admission Team at Southend-on-Sea have waiting lists for schools in Southend. Waiting lists updates will not be ready daily, parents can check after easter. The Admissions Team will contact you if a place can be offered to your child. 

Schools only know if you have applied for them. Schools do not know the preference order or the outcome for your application for other schools.


Parents are able to appeal for schools that are higher preferences and they did not get an offer. All appeals for secondary schools are submitted directly to the respective schools and information is available on the respective school websites. You have until 31 March 2021 to submit for an on-time appeals. Late appeals are accepted and usually heard in late September.

Missed application deadline

You can apply at any time. The Admissions Team can advise of vacancies in the borough and provide you with an application form.

Secondary School Admissions 2021/22

Are you aged 16 and over?

There are many options for study post 16. You can find 6th Form prospectus from the respective school websites or by contacting the school/s that you are interested in. The following state funded schools in the borough have 6th forms:  Belfairs Academy;  Cecil Jones Academy; Chase High School; Shoeburyness High School; Southend High School for Boys; Southend High School for Girls; St Bernard’s High School; St Thomas More High School; Westcliff High School for Boys & Westcliff High School for Girls. The admission arrangements for 6th form are also provided in the policy section.

Further 6th form provision is also available at: Greensward Academy; The King Edmund School; South Essex College of Further and Higher Education; The Sweyne Park School; Seevic College; The Fitzwimarc School

To find out more about the next steps and all the options available to young people, please contact the Connexions service:

Connexions offer advice and guidance on career choices, training and support in finding employment for young people up to 19.

The connexion service works in partnership with schools, colleges and training providers to ensure the best support is available. Connexions Personal Advisers also offer one to one support to help young people overcome any barriers that are preventing them moving into learning, training or work.

Contact Number 01702 534300 or email or




Contact Schools and Learning

Telephone: 01702 215007

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