Applying for a secondary, middle or upper school

The Royal Borough of Windsor & Maidenhead is now delivering its school admissions service through Achieving for Children, a community interest company set up in partnership with the Royal Borough of Kingston and the London Borough of Richmond.

The Admissions Team operates a call back service only. Priority will be given to calls where the information is not available on the website or in the Admission into Secondary School September 2021 guide.

September 2020 Entry

Coordination for entry into a secondary, middle or upper school in September 2020 has now ended and we are no longer accepting late applications; all applications must now be made directly to the schools as an in-year transfer application. We no longer hold waiting lists for any secondary age schools and any queries about your child's position on any waiting lists must be made directly to schools. 

Note: Schools may not be available to answer calls during half term breaks and public holidays.


You have the right of appeal if you were not offered one or more preferred schools named on your application. Please visit the School admissions appeal page for more information.

September 2021 Entry

Secondary School Admissions covers those pupils starting at either:

  • Middle school at the beginning of Year 5 - Born between 01/09/2011 to 31/08/2012
  • Secondary school at the beginning of Year 7 - Born between 01/09/2009 to 31/08/2010
  • Upper school at the beginning of Year 9 - Born between 01/09/2007 to 31/08/2008

Open Days

Open Day information will be updated as provided by schools

Newlands Girls’ School Open Day Information

Key Dates

  • Opening date - Wednesday 9 September 2020
  • Closing date -  Saturday 31 October 2020
  • Extended deadline for exceptional circumstances - Monday 16 November 2020
  • National Offer Date - Monday 1 March 2021
  • Processing of late applications begins - Tuesday 2 March 2021
  • Deadline to respond to a school place offer - Monday 15 March 2021
  • Offers to late applicants and allocations from waiting lists for all applicants - From Monday 5 April 2021.

Parents/carers will be able to make an application online from Wednesday 9 September 2020. 

Applying to Grammar Schools

All schools in the borough are comprehensive and meet the needs of all ability ranges.  This means they do not require entrance exams as a form of entry.  Grammar schools are available in neighbouring authorities.  If you wish for your child to apply for a grammar school please contact the local authority where your preferred grammar school is located.

Guidance on entry testing for admission to state-funded selective schools during the coronavirus outbreak

Transfer testing for grammar schools has been delayed until the end of October 2020 to allow children time to settle back into school.  The Department for Education has advised that there is no intention to change the national closing date for secondary applications beyond Saturday 31 October 2020 to accommodate this change.

This means that parents will have to make their secondary school application before transfer test results are published at the end of November 2020.

Parents must apply for their child's secondary school place before the results are received and no later than the closing date i.e. Saturday 31 October 2020. Both grammar schools and non-selective schools must be included within the six preferences allowed in an application in the event that the child does not meet the required standard for entry into a grammar school.

Parents are encouraged to look at the allocation information published on this webpage to make an informed decision about the non-selective school they choose to name as a preference and the likelihood of their child being allocated a place at the school based on the oversubscription criteria. 

Further information on how to decide preference order and equal preference processing will be provided in the Admission into Secondary School September 2021 guide which will be published no later than Saturday 12 September 2020. 

Any additional questions, queries or concerns about the application process can be emailed to Questions relating to the transfer testing process itself should be directed to the local authority where the child intends to sit the test.

Full guidance can be found on the Department for Education website.


Applications for a school place must be made through your home authority - this is the council where you live and to which you pay council tax. Residents can apply for non-Royal Borough schools using this application process. 

Full details of the admissions process are published in the online guide -  Admission into Secondary School September 2021 guide. Please take time to read this guide before applying.

Applications should be made online and can be amended up until applications close at midday on Saturday 31 October 2020. You can access the online system on National Offer day to view the outcome of your application.  

Please read the Guide to using the ONE Admissions Portal should you experience any difficulty making your application before contacting school admissions for support. The wording on the live portal may be different to the wording on the guide due to the recent upgrade but the process remains the same.

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Home to school transport support

The home to school transport policy and information on how to apply can be found here. 

School admissions : Contact details

For further information, please contact us by:

School Admissions - Royal Borough of Windsor and Maidenhead
Town Hall, St Ives Road
Maidenhead SL6 1RF
Telephone: 01628 683870