Applying to secondary school: England and Wales
How many schools should I apply to?
Follow the guidance from your local authority. Applying to only one school won’t mean you are more likely to get that choice — exactly the opposite in fact. It could result in you ending up with somewhere you’d never even considered.
Why should I put my schools in order of preference?
The schools don’t know where they appear on your list, only that you have applied to them. Your application will be scored against the entry criteria of each school you apply to and if you meet the criteria for more than one school, you’ll be offered a place at the one that appears highest on your list.