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The Fairfield High School Admissions Policy follows the procedure laid down by the Local Authority and can be found on our policy page if you require further detail.

  • Applications must be made by 31st October for entry to Year 7 in the following September.
  • Application packs will be sent out from the Local Authority to parents and carers of all children in year 6, explaining the application process.
  • On March 1st, parents/carers will be notified which school place is being offered to their child.
  • Our Pupil Admission Number (PAN) is 120.

There is an appeals process following notification. See next section below for information.

Parents/carers are strongly advised to read all the information regarding admissions sent out by the Local Authority and to ensure that they have submitted both the correct form and any additional information or supporting evidence in advance of the deadline.

Information and timetable for appeals for secondary schools

Fairfield High School follows the Herefordshire Local Authority regulations for appeals, which are below:

If your child is not given a place at one of your preferred schools, you can appeal the decision.

Download and complete appeal refusal of a school place form

It is very important that a fair and independent process is in place for parents to appeal against decisions made by an admissions authority.

Most appeals involve the transfer of students from primary to secondary schools each September.

Parents can also ask for their child to be admitted to any school in any school term. For example if a family has recently moved home. However, only one appeal per child for a particular school is allowed in each school year. See Appendix C.

The appeal process we use follows strict national guidance. An appeal is given if we are unable to offer your child a higher preference of school or any of your preference(s) of school, and we have offered to the nearest school with availability.

School admission appeals timetable September 2024 entry:

Allocation day for secondary schools is 1 March 2024.

The deadline for lodging appeals for secondary schools is 29 March 2024.

Appeals lodged after this date will be heard within 40 school days of the appeal deadline or 30 school days of being lodged, whichever is the later date. Most school appeals will be heard before the school summer holidays for children starting secondary schools where possible. School appeals are unlikely to be heard through the summer holidays.

For further advice on making an appeal, please contact the admissions officer on 01432 260925 or email

Applying for a secondary school place mid-year.

Please use the link below to the Herefordshire Local Authority website for further information:

Secondary school admissions – Herefordshire Council

or contact School Admissions directly at the Local Authority at

Please find admissions parent/ carer information below.