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General Information on Secondary School Places Allocation (SSPA) System

 

Admission to Secondary 1 (S1) in September 2023


Applicable to Students Participating in SSPA
(Students studying Primary 6 in schools participating in SSPA)


General Information
 
  

 

Discretionary Places (DP)

  • Application to government, aided and caput schools as well as Direct Subsidy Scheme (DSS) secondary schools participating in SSPANote
  
Arrangements for Notifying Successful DP Applicants
  • Secondary schools participating in SSPA will notify parents of successful DP applicants of their children's inclusion in the Successful Lists for Discretionary Places on 31 March 2023
  • EDB Circular No. 18/2019

 

Central Allocation (CA)

  • Choice-making period from mid-April to early May in 2023

Announcement of Allocation Results and Completion of Admission Registration Procedure
  • Release of DP and CA results on 11 July 2023
  • S1 registration on 13 and 14 July 2023
 

Pre-Secondary One Hong Kong Attainment Test

  • For more information, please click here


Applicable to Students NOT participating in SSPA
(including newly-arrived children and students studying Primary 6 in schools NOT participating in SSPA)


Schedule

  • Application to government, aided and caput schools as well as DSS secondary schools participating in SSPA* 
    • [Application period from 3 January to 17 January 2023]
      • Apply for the issuance of the Application Form for Secondary One Discretionary Place and process the SSPA e-Platform parent account registration from the School Places Allocation Section of the EDB during office hours from 6 December 2022 to 17 January 2023, bringing along the originals of student-applicants' identity documents
      • Submit the Application Form for Secondary One Discretionary Place and documents required to the school direct from 3 January to 17 January 2023.  For parents registered as SSPA e-Platform users and bound their account with “iAM Smart+”, apart from the paper Application Form, they may also choose to submit DP applications via the SSPA e-Platform
      • Secondary schools participating in SSPA will notify parents of successful DP applicants of their children's inclusion in the Successful Lists for Discretionary Places on 31 March 2023
      • If student-applicants are admitted by participating secondary schools or Jockey Club Ti-I College at DP stage, the secondary school concerned will call the parents to inform them of the application results and the related arrangements on 11 July 2023, i.e. the date of announcement of the allocation results



  • Application for a subsidised S1 place for 2023/24 school year*  
    • [To be allocated by the EDB]
      • Apply for a subsidised S1 place at the School Places Allocation Section of the EDB during office hours from May to August 2023, bringing along the originals of student-applicant's identity documents.  Places available after Central Allocation will be allocated to eligible applicants by the EDB
      • The results of the first batch of applications will be announced in mid-July, the second batch by the end of July, the third batch in mid-August 2023, and thereafter students will be informed individually

[*Eligibility for application: Applicants must be a Hong Kong resident, have never been allocated an S1 place through SSPA and have never studied in government, aided, caput and DSS secondary schools.]


Digitalisation of S1 Admission


School Places Allocation Section of the Education Bureau

Address : Office 2, 2/F, Manulife Financial Centre, 223 Wai Yip Street, Kwun Tong, Kowloon

Telephone : 2832 7740, 2832 7700

Office hours : Monday to Friday from 8:30am to 1:00pm and 2:00pm to 6:00pm



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