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If your child lives in Nottingham city and your child was born between 1st September 2009 and 31st August 2010, they are due to transfer to secondary school in September 2021 and you will need to apply for a secondary school place

If your child was not born between these dates and you wish to apply for a secondary school place, you should use the online form on the New to the Area or Wishing to Change Schools' page.

How to Apply 

Apply online for a secondary school place from 7 September 2020

The closing date for applications is Saturday 31st October 2020.  If you apply after the deadline this may reduce your chances of getting a place at your preferred school, particularly if it is popular.

Please contact the School Admissions Team on 0115 841 5568 or email schooladmissions@nottinghamcity.gov.uk to request a paper application form.

Your Application

You can complete an online application using the link above in ‘How to Apply’.

Basic details on the application process, along with the things you should consider can be found in the summary leaflet below.

Bluecoat Trent Academy - Admissions

Bluecoat Trent Academy will join the family of schools of Archway Learning Trust.

Bluecoat Trent Academy will serve the geographical area of North / North West Nottingham and the draft admission arrangements will support this with the majority of places being based on distance.

The admission arrangements have been approved by the Department for Education (DfE) and Archway Learning Trust will be opening the consultation on them during the coming weeks .  Once the consultation window is closed the determined arrangements will be published.

Families do not need to wait for the consultation to end before applying for a place for entry to Year 7 in September 2021.

Families wishing to apply for a place at Bluecoat Trent Academy do not need to name Bluecoat Trent Academy as one of their preferences on their common application form.  This is because the first intake to Bluecoat Trent Academy does not form part of the coordinated scheme, allowing parents to receive an offer of a secondary school place through the Local Authority coordinated admissions scheme and Bluecoat Trent Academy should a place be available, this allows families time to learn more about Bluecoat Trent Academy, its location and make an informed decision when accepting their secondary school place.

Application Process

Applications are to be made directly to Archway Learning Trust.

Archway Learning Trust will process applications outside the normal local authority process for co-ordinating school offers.  This means you will need to complete your Local Authority (LA) common application form for your other choices of secondary school in addition to a separate application for Bluecoat Trent Academy.

Applications should be completed online here.

Alternatively, where this is not possible an application can be posted on request, please email: btaadmissions@archwaytrust.co.uk to request an application, providing you address and contact details.

Paper applications should be returned to:

Bluecoat Trent Academy Admissions,
Archway Learning Trust,
Aspley Lane,
NG8 5GY                                     


The closing date for applications is Midday, Friday, 19th February 2021.

Going to School in Nottingham

Make sure you read our Going to School in Nottingham booklet to gather as much information as possible about the application process. Appendix 1 gives you the admission criteria for all secondary schools in Nottingham City.