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Admissions Information

Applying for a Year 7 place starting in September 2022

Milton Keynes Council co-ordinates the admission process for students starting secondary school in Year 7. You must apply to Milton Keynes Council for a place in Year 7 starting in September 2022.

Key dates for Year 7 September 2022 applications

September 2021: Distribution of Milton Keynes Council admissions packs online application process opens 1st September 2021.

Friday 3rd September 2021, 12pm: Deadline for Aptitude Test application forms for places based on aptitude for Technology to be returned to Denbigh School.

Saturday 18th September 2021: Aptitude testing at Denbigh.

Wednesday 13th October 2021: Denbigh School Open Evening for prospective year 7 parents, see website for details.

W/C 11th October 2021: Aptitude test results distributed by post.

Sunday 31st October 2021: Deadline for Year 7 applications to be returned to Milton Keynes Council.

Tuesday 1st March 2022: National Offer Day. Initial offer of places by Milton Keynes Council on behalf of the Governors of Denbigh School.

(For more information regarding the application process please visit the MK Council website)

Published Admissions Arrangements

For further information regarding the Admissions Process at Denbigh School please see our current published Admission Arrangements.

The Defined Area

A defined area is the area normally served by a school. Denbigh School’s defined area is Crownhill, Great Holm, Loughton, Shenley Church End, Shenley Lodge and Two Mile Ash. Our ‘Partner’ schools are Caroline Haslett, Loughton and Two Mile Ash Junior/Primary schools. If it is your intention to apply to Denbigh School rather than your defined area school then you should be aware that you would be responsible for the cost and arrangement of transport to Denbigh for your child, and that if your preference for Denbigh cannot be met, there is no guarantee that you will then be able to obtain a place at your defined area school, if it is very popular.

Waiting Lists

For Year 7 starting in September 2022, following the allocation of places by the Local Authority, where the School is unable to offer a child a place at Denbigh they will be offered a place on the waiting list. This waiting list will be ordered strictly according to the School’s admission oversubscription criteria and the Local Authority is responsible for maintaining it up until the end of the Autumn term. Denbigh School will not carry this list forward beyond the end of the Autumn term.

The Denbigh School Aptitude Test

Denbigh School offers places for 10% of its Year 7 intake of 260 every year based on a student’s aptitude for technology. This is measured by a non-verbal (written) problem-solving test to establish aptitude, held at the School. The test is not linked directly to National Curriculum subjects but has been designed as a way of assessing a child’s potential to reason and think a problem through. It is not a compulsory test. This process started when Denbigh School was designated a Specialist Technology School under the School Standards and Framework Act 1998. The Act allowed every school with a specialism in a prescribed subject to give priority to up to 10% of pupils who could demonstrate an aptitude in the relevant subject. This was later confirmed by the School Admissions Code. The Denbigh School Board of Governors is committed to ensuring that the aptitude test is open to all students, not just those in Denbigh’s defined area. The test is open to all prospective new Year 7 students in the normal admissions round i.e. students in Year 6 seeking entry into Year 7 the following September. It does not apply to other year groups or to in-year admissions for places in Year 7.

The aptitude test for the September 2022 Year 7 intake took place on Saturday, 18th September 2021at Denbigh School. The aptitude test application process for September 2022 is therefore closed. Results of the test will follow in time to complete the MKC Secondary Admissions form by October 31st 2021.

Please note: In the case that twin or multiple birth siblings take the test and one sibling is awarded a place by aptitude, but one twin or multiple birth siblings are not, there is no requirement for the school to go over PAN.  A school would be required to allocate places during the normal round of admission to Year 7 to twins and multiple birth siblings, even if it takes them over PAN if the last place award is given to one of their siblings.

Applying for an In-Year place for Year 7 – 11 (2021 – 2022)

‘In-year admissions’ refers to admissions outside of the normal Year 7 admissions round which takes place in September each year. Denbigh School is its own admissions authority and has responsibility for coordination of in-year admissions to the School. As such all in-year applications should be made direct to Denbigh School. Should you wish to make an in-year application for a place at Denbigh School in Years 7 to 11 please download and complete the Denbigh School In-year Application Form (below) and return by email to or by post to the School address.

Please Note: it is important that you read carefully the guidance attached to the application form before filling it out and note that documentation should be included with your application. 


Parents have the right to appeal against a decision not to award their child a place at Denbigh School. Please refer to the Appeals Guide for guidance on this process. If after reading the Guide you wish to proceed with an appeal, please complete an Appeal Form and submit it to the Clerk of the Independent Appeals Panel c/o Denbigh School, Burchard Crescent, Shenley Church End, Milton Keynes, MK5 6EX.

Please note that Appellants do not have the right to a second appeal in respect of the same school for the same academic year unless, in exceptional circumstances, the admission authority has accepted a second application from the appellant because of a significant and material change in the circumstances of the parent, child or school but still refused admission.

Further Information

Any queries in relation to admissions at Denbigh School should be addressed to