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Applying for a secondary school place

Last updated 4 February 2016

From the 5 February the open door facility at Sycamore House is changing


Opening times are from 9.30 - 4.30  and we close at 12.30 - 1.30 for lunch

Mondays is appointment only, to ring for an appointment please call 0208 496 3000

Wednesday and Thursday

Opening times are from 9.30 - 4.30 and we are closed from 12.30 - 1.30 for lunch  -  Walk in open door facility


Opening times are from 9.30 - 2.30 and we close at 12.30 - 1.30 for lunch (we close early due to staff training)

Friday - closed all day

There is a facility to drop off any admissions paperwork in a secure box. Please make sure it is sealed in an envelope before putting it in the box 


Applying for a secondary place for September 2016

If your child is currently in Year 6 they are due to start secondary school in September 2016.

You must still apply for a secondary place for your child even if they attend an all-through school or have an older brother or sister at your preferred school.

The eAdmissions website for online applications opens on 1 September and the closing date for applications is 31 October 2015.

There is a link to the website at the top right of this page and you can also download a guide explaining how to apply for your child’s school place online (PDF file 139KB).

There are FAQs and guidance sheets to help you complete your online application on the eAdmissions website. If you are having a technical problem completing your application please email

If you and your child live in Waltham Forest you must apply through us. If you and your child live outside Waltham Forest, you must apply to the local authority in which you live. The eAdmissions website will redirect your application to the correct local authority based on the address and postcode you enter.

Please note that the preferred method for secondary admissions is digitally. We only see customers at Sycamore House in exceptional circumstances and we can only accept photocopies of any evidence supporting your application, not originals. The booklet Starting Secondary School 2016 (PDF file 2407KB) contains all the information you need to know about applying for a secondary school place.

If your child attends a Waltham Forest primary school, a copy of the booklet should be sent home with them during the week of 7 September. If your child does not bring home a copy please pick one up from the school office.

If you are unable to apply online you can download the secondary common application form​​ (PDF File 36KB). Instructions for how to submit your paper application are on the back of the application form.

The closing date for applications is 31 October 2015

Supplementary Information Forms (SIFs)

Some schools need extra information, which we do not collect on our application form, to apply their admissions criteria. Eden Girls’ School, Highams Park School and Holy Family Catholic School will ask you to complete a Supplementary Information Form (SIF).

SIFs are available from the relevant schools or their websites. If you are applying for a school outside Waltham Forest you will need to check with the local authority where the school is located to find out if you need to complete a SIF.

If you do not complete a SIF this may result in your child not being offered a place at the school.

Related documents

Please view the Waltham Forest Report to the Office of the Schools Adjudicator (PDF File 146KB)

There is no current Revised Appeals to the Office of the Schools Adjudicator

Please view the Waltham Forest Determined Admissions Arrangements for 2015/16 (PDF file 551KB)

Please view the Waltham Forest Admissions Arrangements for 2016/17 (PDF file 558KB)

Key dates What happens?
31 October 2015 Application deadline
1 March 2016 Offer day
15 March 2016 Acceptance deadline
29 March 2016 Appeal deadline

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Contact details

  • School Admissions Postal Address Only

    1A Harvey Road
    E11 3DB
    Phone: 020 8496 3000
  • School Admissions - Information and Advice Service

    Sycamore House Town Hall Complex Forest Road London
    E17 4JF
    Phone: 020 8496 3000
    Mob: Monday 9.30 - 4.30 appointment only, please call 0208 496 3000. Wednesday and Thursday 9.30 - 4.30. Tuesdays 9.30 - 2.30. Fridays - closed all day.