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Last updated: 5 April 2023

Next review: 5 April 2024

Researching secondary schools

Before you apply, you should research the local secondary schools. This will help you decide which schools to put down as your preferences. You can choose up to three.

To find out more about a school, you could:

  • Go to a school open day
  • Visit school websites
  • Ask other parents what they think of the school
  • Look at the latest Ofsted reports and school performance tables

Remember, most schools have cut-off distances which can change every year based on demand. Be realistic when making your six preferences and always read the school’s admission arrangements.