Apply for a technical or training school

Technical and training schools provide 14 to 19 year olds with technically-based courses of study or learning that is based on the skills they will need for work

Pupils start these schools in Year 10 but apply when they are in Year 9 (age 14). 

The Careers Advice Service can help you decide what you would like to do from the age of 14. You can also discover what Studio schools and UTC Colleges are and decide if these are the right option for you.

How to apply for a place for September 2022

Some schools accept applications directly; others only accept applications from the local authority you live in. You'll need to find out from the school itself. If they accept applications via the local authority, use the link below.

Apply for a school place

Important things to note

If your application is late, your child is not likely to get a place at an oversubscribed school.

Do not put your application at risk. You must read the admissions e-booklet 'Technical and training schools in 2022 (PDF, 500KB) before you apply.

If you try to apply online and you cannot see your exact address in the list, or the schools you want to apply for are not listed, you must contact the School Admissions Team before 5pm on 29 October 2021 or your application will be late. 

The online closing date is midnight on 31 October 2021.  Applications received after this date are late and your child is not likely to get a place at an oversubscribed school.

If you have any technical difficulties when making your application online, the 'Online admissions helpdesk’ is available Monday to Friday from 9.30am to 5.30pm. Call 020 8255 5555 and select option 1.

If you still need help after calling the helpdesk, please contact us by email or phone – our details are below. 

Year 10 already?

Follow the 'In-year' admissions process listed in the booklet 'Finding a school place - issue 1a'.


We have a UTC school in this borough called Elutec, on Rainham Road South, Dagenham. For Year 10 entry in September each year, Elutec will only accept applications direct. They will inform both parents and the child’s home council of the results of the applications it receives.

School Admissions Team

020 8215 3004