Applying for a secondary school place

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Applying for a secondary place for September 2021

The information on this page relates to those children born between 1 September 2009 and 31 August 2010 who need to apply to start secondary school in September 2021.

If your child is currently in Year 6, they are due to start secondary school in September 2021.

You must apply for a secondary place for your child even if they have an older brother or sister at your preferred school. If your child attends an All Through school and you wish them to automatically transfer to year 7, please contact the school who will advise you what to do.

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, even if you are applying for schools in other areas.

How to apply

The brochure Starting Secondary School 2021 (10.4MB PDF) contains all the information you need to know about applying for a secondary school place. Please check the latest admissions information below for updates to this brochure.

The best way to apply is online, through the eAdmissions website. This is a secure way to apply for your child’s school place.

The eAdmissions website opens for online applications on 1 September 2020. The closing date is 31 October 2020. If you apply after this date, your application will be considered as late.

You can download the eAdmissions guide which explains how to apply for your child's school place online.

There are also 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 support@eadmissions.org.uk.

If you are unable to apply online you can download the secondary common application form (70KB PDF). Instructions for how to submit your paper application are on the back of the application form.

Applying for grammar/selective schools

You may wish to apply for a grammar and/or selective school for your child.  These are schools which have tests in order to select the children who will attend.  There are no selective schools in Waltham Forest.  However, parents/carers can still apply for selective schools outside Waltham Forest through their application. 

In response to a range of Covid-19 related issues which make early autumn admissions testing undesirable and impractical, many schools which test for a child’s ability or aptitude have decided to postpone admission tests until later in the autumn term. Any revised dates will be confirmed by contacting the school(s) directly.

Despite these changes, parents should still register their child for tests by published deadlines and submit their common application form by the national closing date, 31 October 2020.

If you are a Waltham Forest resident, once you receive the results of the test, if you wish you can make changes to your application preferences (such as to add or remove a selective school), providing you notify admissions@walthamforest.gov.uk by 10 December 2020. Changes to preferences after this date will only be considered after places are offered on 1 March 2021.

If you have questions about test arrangements, please check relevant school websites, or contact the school(s) directly.

Changing your preferences

If you make an online application, you can change your preferences as many times as you wish before 31 October 2020 by going into your online application.  Please ensure you resubmit the application to save the changes.

After 31 October you will need to complete the Change of Preference form (37.8 KB PDF)

Please note that any change of preference forms received after the closing date (except with regard to grammar/selective schools as above) will be processed after National Offer Day.

Fraudulent applications

The London Borough of Waltham Forest takes very seriously any attempt to gain an advantage in the admissions process by giving false information.

It is really important that the admissions system is fair for everybody. Nobody should be allowed to cheat by using a friend or relative’s address, a business address or by temporarily renting a property near to a popular school. Each year, a number of parents try to get a school place by providing false information, which could result in them taking a place that should have gone to another child.

The Local Authority will investigate all instances where a parent is thought to have provided false or misleading information in order to gain admission to a school. Your address will be checked by reference to various records and, if necessary, by a council officer visiting the application address.

A false application may, in addition to possible prosecution, lead to the withdrawal of your child’s place in the school applied for, even if the child has already started school.

For details on how we use your information for fraud prevention, including sharing with fraud prevention agencies, please see our updated Anti-Fraud Fair Processing Notice.

If you suspect someone has provided false information on a school application form please report fraud online. Alternatively, you can call the fraud hotline anonymously, 24 hours a day on 0300 003 1099 or you can email us at fraud@walthamforest.gov.uk

National Allocation Day

National Allocation Day is on 1 March 2021. This is the day you will receive the results of your application if you apply by the closing date of 31 October 2020.

If you apply online by the closing date, an email with the outcome of your application will be sent to you in the evening on 1 March 2021. For paper applications received by the closing date, a letter will be posted first class on 1 March 2021.

Parental responsibility

If one parent has parental responsibility (as evidenced by documentation) that parent's application is the one that will be accepted. If parents are separated and both have parental responsibility, then they must determine between them who will make the application and if they cannot agree then either parent may seek to have that determined by a Court. In the event of a dispute between parents who do not have this matter resolved by the Court we will accept the application by the parent with whom the child resides the majority of the school week and where that is equal we will determine whose application is progressed with reference to the parent who is in receipt of Child Benefit, and if no one is in receipt of child benefit then we will consider all of the circumstances and make a determination as to the application which will be accepted and provide our reasons for doing so. This will ensure the child has an active application for a school place.

Where a child lives with each of their separated parents for different parts of the week, we will consider the child’s home address on any application to be where the child sleeps for most of the school week. The allocation of school places is determined in accordance with the Admissions Policy and where the criteria of distance is used this will be determined by reference to the child’s ‘home address’ which is determined with reference to where they reside the majority of the time. Where this is an equal time this will be determined by reference to the parent who is in receipt of Child Benefit. In the event the recipient of child benefit is clearly not a main carer of the child, or no Child Benefit is received, we will consider all of the circumstances and make a determination as to the ‘home’ address which will be used.

You will not be able to change to the other parent’s address mid-year unless the current arrangements as set out in any Court Order have changed. You must also provide a copy of any custody or residence order.

All updates for entry to secondary school 2021 can be found here:

  • Chingford Foundation School’s virtual open evening will now be held on Wednesday 14 October 2020.
  • Walthamstow School for Girls virtual open evening will be held on Thursday 15 October 2020.

Some schools need extra information, which we do not collect on our application form. The following schools will ask you to complete a Supplementary Information Form (SIF) and/or a Certificate of Catholic Practice (CCP):

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 and/or CCP.

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

School open evenings Click to get info

This year we are encouraging all Waltham Forest schools to do a virtual open evening.  

School Date and time
Buxton School

Virtual Open Evening on Thursday 15 October 2020

6pm to 8.30pm.

For further information please see school website: www.buxtonschool.org.uk

Chingford Foundation School

Virtual Open Evening on Wednesday 14 October 2020

5.45pm to 8pm.

For further information please see school website: www.chingfordfoundation.org

Connaught School for Girls

Virtual Open Evening on Thursday 1 October 2020

6pm to 8.30pm.

 For further information please see school website: www.connaught-school.co.uk 

Eden Girls School

Virtual Open Evening on Wednesday 14 October 2020

6pm to 8.30pm. 

School website: www.edengirlswalthamforest.com

Frederick Bremer School

A series of virtual events.

For further information please see school website: www.bremer.org.uk

George Mitchell School

Virtual Open Evening on Tuesday 6 October 2020

5.30pm to 8pm.

For further information please see school website: www.georgemitchellschool.com

Heathcote School & Science College

Virtual Open Evening on Thursday 1 October 2020

5.15pm, 6.15pm and 7.15pm.

For further information please see school website: www.heathcoteschool.com

Highams Park School

Virtual Open Evening on Thursday 15 October 2020

5.30pm to 8.30pm.

For further information please see school website: www.highamsparkschool.co.uk

Holy Family Catholic School & Sixth Form

Virtual Open Evening on Thursday 24 September

6pm to 8pm.

For further information please see school Website: www.holyfamily.waltham.sch.uk

Kelmscott School

Virtual Open Evening on Wednesday 7 October

5.30pm to 8pm.

For further information please see school website: www.kelmscottschool.co.uk

Lammas School & Sixth Form

Virtual Open Evening on Tuesday 13 October 2020

6pm to 8.30pm.

For further information please see school website: www.lammas.waltham.sch.uk

Leytonstone School

Virtual Open Evening on Monday 12 October

5pm to 8pm.

For further information please see school website: www.leytonstoneschool.org

Norlington School & Sixth Form

Video on school website on Monday 5th October. 

For further information, please visit the school website: www.norlington.net

South Chingford Foundation School

Virtual Open Evening on Wednesday 23 September 2020

6pm to 8.30pm.

For further information please visit the school website: www.southchingfordfoundation.org.uk

Walthamstow Academy

Virtual Open Evening on Monday 5 October 2020

6pm to 8pm.

For further information please visit the school website: www.walthamstow-academy.org

Walthamstow School for Girls

Virtual Open Evening on Thursday 15 October 2020

5.30pm to 8pm.

For further information please visit the school website: www.wsfg.waltham.sch.uk

Willowfield School

Virtual Open Evening on Monday 5 October 2020

6pm to 8pm.

For further information please visit the school website: www.willowfield-school.co.uk

 

In 2017 the Government made it a legal requirement that all Local Authorities must write to parents and carers of all pupils in Year 9 to tell them about schools in or within traveling distance of the Local Authority area that admit pupils at the beginning of Year 10.

The Government wishes to ensure that parents and carers are well informed about all the options available for children of this age.

This does not mean that you must move your child to another school. For the great majority of children, the school they are already attending will remain the most appropriate place for them to continue their education. Therefore, if this is of no interest to you, please disregard this information.

Schools which admit pupils in Year 10 are called University Technical Colleges (UTCs) or Studio Schools.

UTCs are set up by universities and business and specialise in one or two technical subjects. In Years 10 and 11, they offer a similar GCSE curriculum to a typical secondary school, including English and Maths, as well as their specialist subject. You can find out more at www.utcolleges.org

Studio schools are like UTCs in that they have employer involvement in the curriculum and focus on developing skills needed for employment, involving personal coaching and work experience. They have a similar curriculum to a typical secondary school. 

Please see a list of all schools in the London area which admit pupils into Year 10 together with contact details.

The application process is set out on the website for each school.

The document how school places were offered 2020 (68KB PDF) provides a breakdown of the numbers of places offered under each criteria on National Allocation Day for on time applicants for the September 2020 intake

The document how school places were offered 2019 (161KB PDF) provides a breakdown of the numbers of places offered under each criteria on National Allocation Day for on time applicants for the September 2019 intake.

The document how school places were offered 2018 (85KB PDF) provides a breakdown of the numbers of places offered under each criteria on National Allocation Day for on time applicants for the September 2018 intake.

Key dates Click to get info

Key dates What happens?
31 October 2020 Application deadline
1 March 2021 Offer day
15 March 2021 Acceptance deadline
30 March 2021 Appeal deadline

If you don't have access to a computer, you can visit a Library Plus branch where you can use a self-service pc to log your request/report.  Staff are available to support you if you need it.​​​​​​​

Contact Click to get info

School Admission - Postal Address Only
Waltham Forest Town Hall
Forest Road 
London 
E17 4JF 
Telephone: 020 8496 3000

School Admissions - Appointment Service
Sycamore House
Town Hall Campus
Forest Road 
Walthamstow
E17 4JF

Please note that due to the Covid-19 pandemic Sycamore House is closed until further notice.  We will keep this page updated to reflect the current situation.