Moving up to secondary, middle or upper school in September 2022

The Royal Borough of Windsor & Maidenhead delivers 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 2022 guide. 

September 2022 Entry

Secondary School Admissions covers those pupils starting at either:

  • Middle school at the beginning of Year 5 - Born between 01/09/2012 to 31/08/2013.

Applications for transfer into year 5 for first to middle school transfer must be made to a middle school only; where the first point of entry at the school is year 5.

  • Secondary school at the beginning of Year 7 - Born between 01/09/2010 to 31/08/2011.

Applications for transfer into year 7 for a primary to secondary school must be made to a secondary school only; where the first point of entry at the school is year 7.

  • Upper school at the beginning of Year 9 - Born between 01/09/2008 to 31/08/2009.

Applications for transfer into year 9 for middle to upper school must be made to an Upper school only; where the first point of entry at the school is year 9 or for Holyport College Boarding year 9 places. 

Applications for year 5 at a primary school, year 7 at a middle school, or year 9 at a secondary school (except for Holyport College boarding) are deemed in-year transfers and must be made via the in-year transfer application process available on the RBWM website. Any invalid preferences will be discarded following submission without further notice. 

School preferences can only include mainstream maintained schools. Any preferences for special schools or independent schools will be discarded. If your child has an Education, Health and Care Plan, please contact The Children and Young People Disability Service to make your application - Applications for independent schools must be made directly to the schools. 

Key Dates

  • Opening date - Thursday 9 September 2021.
  • Closing date -  Sunday 31 October 2021.
  • Extended deadline for changes of addresses and exceptional late applications - Monday 15 November 2021.
  • National Offer Date - Tuesday 1 March 2022.
  • Processing of late applications begins - Wednesday 2 March 2022.
  • Deadline to respond to a school place offer - Tuesday 15 March 2022.
  • Deadline to submit late application to be considered during second round of allocations - Tuesday 15 March 2022.
  • Offers to late applicants and allocations from waiting lists for all applicants - From Monday 4 April 2022.

Respond to your School Place Offer

The deadline to respond to a school place offer was Tuesday 15 March 2022

The online portal is no longer available to respond to an offer. if you have not been offered a named school and you would like to be considered for other options or if you still have not responded to an offer, please email 

offers are made on the basis of the information supplied on the application form. Fraudulent or misleading applications may lead to the subsequent withdrawal of an offer. 

If you made your application online, you can still log into your account on the Citizen's Portal (where you made your application) to view your application. Do not use the online portal to inform the School Admissions team of any other changes to your application as these will not be considered. All changes should be send to


Waiting list guidelines and change of preferences

Further offers will be made to applicants from waiting lists as places become available from Monday 04 April 2022. Waiting list positions will also be available from this date. Please do not contact the Admissions team or the schools for waiting list information before this date as it will not be available. We are unable to take waiting list position requests by phone. If you would like to find out your child's waiting list position please email your request to

Your child will automatically be placed on waiting lists for any higher preferred schools they were not offered. If we are able to offer your child a place from the waiting list, the existing offer will automatically be taken away. Let us know in writing as soon as possible if you are happy with the offer you have received and no longer wish for your child to be considered for any other schools. 

Requests for your child to be added to lower preferred schools i.e. schools ranked below the school which has been offered, are invalid and will not be considered. Instead, you must submit a request for a late change of preference by completing one of the following forms: 

Alternatively, you can submit your request in writing to

Your request will be processed during the second round of allocations in April. We will not accept a request to change your preference order over the telephone. 

Waiting lists are ranked by the school's over-subscription criteria and not by the date your child's name was added to the waiting list. Positions may go up or down as names are added and removed from the list. 

If you have applied for a school place outside the borough, please contact the appropriate admitting authority for their waiting list rules. 

Schools we maintain waiting lists for

The admissions team will manage the waiting lists for the following schools up until the end of August 2022 only

  • Charters School
  • Dedworth Middle School
  • Desborough College
  • Holyport College (contact the school for boarding enquiries)
  • Newlands Girls' School
  • The Windsor Boys' School
  • Windsor Girls' School

The following schools maintain their own waiting lists and must be contacted directly: 

  • Altwood CE Secondary School - 01628 622236
  • Churchmead CE Secondary School - 01753 211330
  • Cox Green School - 01628 629415
  • Furze Platt Senior School - 01628 625308
  • St. Edward's RF Ecumenical Middle School - 01753 867809
  • St. Peter's CE Middle School - 01753 866253
  • Trevelyan Middle School - 01753 864371

Note: Schools may not be available to answer calls during half term breaks and public holidays. The admissions team do not have any information relating to waiting lists for the above schools. 


You will have the right of appeal if you have not been offered one or more preferred schools named on your application. The closing date for the submission of appeals to be heard in the first round is Friday 25 March 2022. If your appeal is submitted after this date, it will still be heard, however, not within the first round of appeals. Please visit the Democratic Services school admission appeals webpage for more information. 

Home to School Transport

Please see the home to school transport policy and information on how to apply.


Late applications

The online facility for on time applications is now closed and is not available for late applications but you may still view your submitted application using the link below.

If you would like to make a late application please use one of the forms below. The extended deadline for exceptional circumstances (Monday 15 November 2021) has now passed. All late applications submitted will be considered during the second round of allocations and decision letters will be sent in April 2022. If you are not a Royal Borough resident please apply via your own local authority.

You can only apply for state-funded secondary schools. The state-funded schools in the Royal Borough of Windsor and Maidenhead are listed in the guide. If you wish to apply for a place at an independent school you will need to contact the school directly to discuss the admissions process.

Full details of the admissions process are published in the online guide Admission into Secondary School September 2022. Please take time to read this guide before applying.

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. If you do not live within this borough and apply to us for a middle school (year 5 entry), upper school (year 9 entry) or secondary school place (year 7 entry) your application will be disregarded.

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 you will need to apply through your home local authority, however, if you require more information about testing or about the school specifically, please contact the local authority where your preferred grammar school is located.

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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