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General Information on Secondary School Places Allocation (SSPA) System

 

Admission to Secondary 1 (S1) in September 2024


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


General Information
 
 

 

Discretionary Places (DP)

  
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 27 March 2024
  • EDB Circular No. 18/2019

 

Central Allocation (CA)

  • Choice-making period from early April to early May in 2024

Announcement of Allocation Results and Completion of Admission Registration Procedure

  • Release of DP and CA results on 9 July 2024
  • S1 registration on 11 and 12 July 2024
 

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 2 January to 16 January 2024]
    • [Please click to download Handbook for Application for Secondary One Discretionary Places
    • [Please click to download Notes for Parents on Application for Secondary One Discretionary Places (Applicable to Non-participating Students)
      • Versions: English , Bahasa Indonesia Hindi Nepali , 
        Punjabi (Indian) , Tagalog Thai Urdu , Vietnamese 
      • Visit the School Places Allocation (SPA) Section of the EDBNote 1 during office hours from 5 December 2023 to 16 January 2024, bringing along the originals of student applicants' identity documentsNote 2.  Eligible applicants will be issued with the Application Form for Secondary One Discretionary Place and the activation code of the SSPA e-PlatformNote 3
        • [Note 1: The SPA Section has been relocated to the Podium Floor, West Block, Education Bureau Kowloon Tong Education Services Centre, 19 Suffolk Road, Kowloon Tong, Kowloon on 18 December 2023]
        • [Note 2: If the student applicant is the dependant of an applicant whose application for any of the various talent admission schemes is pending approval from the Immigration Department, please also bring along the original of the relevant acknowledgement letter issued by the Immigration Department and the original of the student applicant’s birth certificate]
        • [Note 3: If parents cannot visit the SPA Section to submit the application in person owing to personal reason, he/she may authorise a representative to handle the related procedures on his/her behalf.  The authorised person should bring along the original of the letter of authorisation signed by the parent (Please click to download Sample Letter of Authorisation), a copy of the parent's identity document, the originals of the student applicant's identity documents and a copy of the student applicant's birth certificate.]
      • Submit the Application Form for Secondary One Discretionary Place and documents required to the school direct from 2 January to 16 January 2024.  For parents registered as SSPA e-Platform users and bound their account to “iAM Smart+”, apart from the paper Application Form, they may 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 27 March 2024
      • 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 9 July 2024, i.e. the date of announcement of the allocation results


  • Application for a subsidised S1 place for 2024/25 school year*
    • [To be allocated by the EDB]
      • Applicants may apply for a subsidised S1 place from May to August 2024. Places available after CA will be allocated to eligible applicants by the EDB.  Applicants may choose to submit their applications by visiting the SPA Section in person or by email
      • The results of the first batch of applications will be announced in early July 2024, the second batch by the end of July 2024, the third batch in mid-August 2024, 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 : Podium Floor, West Block, Education Bureau Kowloon Tong Education Services Centre, 19 Suffolk Road, Kowloon Tong, Kowloon

Telephone : 2832 7740, 2832 7700

Office hours : Monday to Friday from 8:30am to 1:00pm and 2:00pm to 6:00pm; closed on Saturdays, Sundays and Public Holidays.



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