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2. Applying for a Secondary, Middle or Upper school (September 2020 entry)

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 is now operating 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 2020 guide.

Respond to your School Place Offer for September 2020 Entry

You must respond by no later than Monday 16 March 2020 to let us know if you wish to accept or decline the offer made to your child. When you respond, you must also tell us if you would like to be added to any waiting lists for higher preferred schools listed on your application. If we do not hear from you by Monday 16 March 2020, your offer may be withdrawn and the place may be offered to another child.

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. Failure to notify admissions directly of any change of circumstances will be considered as deliberately misleading.

If you have not been offered a named school and you would like to be considered for other options, please email [email protected].

Online applications: If you made your application online, you should log on to the portal to respond to your offer. You will also have the option to request for your child's name to be added to a waiting list for higher preferred schools.

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 sent in writing to: [email protected]


Paper common application form: If you completed the common application form, you must email your response and waiting list request to [email protected] or by post: School Admissions, Achieving for Children, Town Hall, St. Ives Road, Maidenhead, SL6 1RF

Waiting list guidelines

Further offers will be made to applicants from waiting lists as places become available from Wednesday 1 April 2020. 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. Due to staffing shortages we will not be able 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 [email protected]

No child will automatically be placed on a waiting list; this must be requested. If you have not requested for your child's name to be added to a waiting list and you wish to do so, please let us know in writing by email [email protected] or by post to School Admissions, Achieving for Children, Town Hall, St. Ives Road, Maidenhead, SL6 1RF.

You can only request to be added to a waiting list for higher preferred schools named on your application. Requests for lower preferred schools are invalid and will not be considered. Instead, you must submit a request for a late change of preference in writing; 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 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.

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

The Admissions Team will manage the waiting lists for the following schools up until the end of August 2020 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 - 08444 772446

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 submission of appeals to be heard in the first round is Friday 27 March 2020. Please visit the Democratic Services webpage for more information.

Home to school transport support

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

Late Applications

 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 through using this application process.

 The online facility for on time applications is closed and is not available for late applications. If you are an RBWM resident and wish to make a late application please contact school admissions to request a form - [email protected]

Applications submitted after the closing date (Thursday 31 October 2019) will be considered during the second round of allocations and decision letters will be sent in April 2020.

 Full details of the admissions process are published in the online guide - Admission into Secondary School September 2020 guide. Please take the time to read this guide before applying.

Secondary School Admissions covers those pupils starting at either:

  • Middle school at the beginning of Year 5 - Born between 01/09/2010 to 31/08/2011
  • Secondary school at the beginning of Year 7 - Born between 01/09/2008 to 31/08/2009
  • Upper school at the beginning of Year 9 - Born between 01/09/2006 to 31/08/2007

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.

Allocation Information

Details about how places have been allocated over the previous three years have been published below: