Moving up to secondary, middle or upper school in September 2023

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 in September 2023 guide

September 2023 Entry

The information on this page relates to entry into a middle, upper or secondary school in September 2023. 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.

Secondary School Admissions for entry in September 2023 covers those pupils starting at either:

  • Middle school at the beginning of Year 5 - Born between 01/09/2013 to 31/08/2014

Applications for 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 01/09/2011  to 31/08/2012

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

  • Upper school at the beginning of Year 9 - Born between 01/09/2009 to 31/08/2010

Applications for year 9 for middle to upper school transfer must be made to an upper school only; where the first point of entry is year 9. 

Applications for year 5 at a primary school, year 7 at a middle school, or year 9 at a secondary school are deemed in-year transfer applications and must be made via the in-year transfer application process directly to schools. Any invalid preferences will be discarded following submission.

Key Dates

  • Opening date - Friday 9 September 2022
  • Closing date -  Monday 31 October 2022
  • Extended deadline for exceptional circumstances - Tuesday 15 November 2022
  • National Offer Date - Wednesday 1 March 2023
  • Processing of late applications begins - Thursday 2 March 2023
  • Deadline to respond to a school place offer - Wednesday 15 March 2023
  • Deadline for late applications to be submitted to be considered in the second round - Wednesday 15 March 2023
  • Offers to late applicants and allocations from waiting lists for all applicants - From Tuesday 4 April 2023.

Open Days

All Open Day events have now passed. Please contact schools directly if you require further information. 

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. You can also access the online system on National Offer Day (Wednesday 1 March 2023). 

VIEW YOUR APPLICATION

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, your application will be disregarded. 

Please ensure you read the Starting Secondary School in September 2023 guide before submitting your application. 

The extended deadline for exceptional circumstances (Tuesday 15 November 2022) has now passed. All late applications submitted after this date will be considered during the second round of allocations and decision letters will be sent in April 2023. 

You can only apply for state-funded secondary schools. Any preferences for independent or special schools on your application will not be processed. If your child has an Education, Health and Care Plan (EHCP), please contact The Children and Young People Disability Service to submit your child's application - cypds@achievingforchildren.org.uk. The state-funded schools in the Royal Borough of Windsor and Maidenhead which form part of this admissions process are listed in the 'Admission into Secondary School September 2023' guide - please take the time to read this 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. 

If you would like to submit a late application, please use the forms below: 

Parents are encouraged to look at the allocation information published on this webpage to make an informed decision about the 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 is provided in the Admission into Secondary School September 2023 guide. 

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

Requesting a Change of Preference

Do not use the Citizens Portal to request any change after Monday 31 October 2022. The system will be open for primary applications only from 11 November 2022. The Admissions team will not be notified of any change to a secondary application and your request will not be processed. 

Do not request a change by replying to the email you received confirming that you have submitted your application. This is a no-reply email address and is not monitored by the Admissions team. Any changes sent to this address will not be processed. 

Please use the forms below to request a change of preference: 

Your change of preference(s) will not be reflected on your application on Citizens Portal if you applied on time. The change will be made in the back office application. We will not provide proof that the change has been made; please accept your confirmation email upon submission as proof that your request has been received. 

Any change of preference requests received after Monday 31 October 2022 will not be processed until the second round of allocations from Thursday 2 March 2022. There will be no exceptions to this deadline. 

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.

Parents must apply for their child's secondary school place before the results are received and no later than the closing date i.e. Monday 31 October 2022. 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 2023 guide which will be published no later than Friday 9 September 2022. 

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

Appeals

You have the right of appeal if you were not offered one or more preferred schools named on your application. 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.

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