Applications for secondary school 2024 open on 1st September 2023 and must be submitted by the closing date of 31st October – this is the national deadline for applications.

Moving back the assessments to late October means that parents will not know whether their child has reached the academic standard required for admission before the 31st October closing date for applications.

Wirral Authority has therefore decided that for entry to secondary school in 2022, Wirral-resident parents will be allowed to give FIVE preferred schools on their application, rather than three. 

This means parents can give up to three selective schools on their application, AND give two non-selective preferred schools. It is recommended that you follow this advice – if your child does not reach the standard for entry to selective school(s), the grammar preference(s) will be withdrawn and the non-selective preferences will automatically move up to become your first and second preferences.

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