Applying for a secondary school place

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Applying for a secondary place for September 2019

If your child is currently in Year 6, they are due to start secondary school in September 2019.

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.

The booklet Starting Secondary School 2019 (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 booklet.

The closing date for applications is 31 October 2018. 

The eAdmissions website for online applications opens on 1 September. The closing date is on 31 October 2018. If you are applying after this date, your application will be considered as late. 

You can download a guide explaining how to apply for your child’s school place online (140KB PDF).

There are FAQs and guidance sheets to help you complete your online application on the eAdmissions website. If you're having a technical problem completing your application, please email support@eadmissions.org.uk.

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.

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.

National Allocation Day

National Allocation Day is on 1 March 2019. 

If you apply online by the closing date, an email with the outcome of your application will be sent on 1 March 2019. For paper applications received by the closing date, a letter will be posted first class on 1 March 2019. 

Latest admissions information

If you have applied for a Year 7 place for September 2018 and your child is currently on a waiting list for your preferred school(s), the waiting lists will be open until 31 December 2018. After this date, if you still wish to be considered for a place in your preferred school(s), you must complete an in-year application. For more information, see our in-year admissions page. If your child is currently in Year 7 and you wish to change your preferences before 31 December, please use the change of preference form.

On page 51 of the Starting Secondary School 2019 it states that one appeal was allowed for Chingford Foundation School. However, there were no appeals allowed.

Some schools need extra information, which we do not collect on our application form. Chingford Foundation School, Highams Park School and Holy Family Catholic School will ask you to complete a Supplementary Information Form (SIF) and/or a Certificate of Catholic Practice (CCP).

SIFs and/or CCPs are available from the relevant schools or their websites. To go to the school website please click on the school name above.

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

School  Date Time
Buxton School Wednesday 3 October 2018

6pm to 8.30pm

Chingford Foundation School  Wednesday 17 October 2018

5.45pm to 8pm

Connaught School for Girls

Thursday 4 October 2018 6pm to 8.30pm

Eden Girls School, Waltham Forest

Wednesday 17 October 2018 6pm to 8.30pm

Frederick Bremer School

Wednesday 3 October 2018 5.30pm to 8pm

George Mitchell School

Tuesday 9 October 2018 5.30pm to 8pm

Heathcote School and Science College

Wednesday 10 October 2018 6pm to 8.30pm

Highams Park School

Thursday 11 October 2018 5.30pm to 8.30pm

Holy Family Catholic School and Sixth Form

Thursday 27 September 2018 6pm to 8pm

Kelmscott School

Tuesday 2 October 2018 5.30pm to 8pm

Lammas School and Sixth Form

Monday 1 October 2018 6pm to 8.30pm

Leytonstone School

Wednesday 17 October 2018 5pm to 8pm

Norlington School and Sixth Form

Thursday 11 October 2018 6pm to 8pm

South Chingford Foundation School

Thursday 18 October 2018 6pm to 8.30pm

Walthamstow Academy

Thursday 4 October 2018 6pm to 8pm

Walthamstow School for Girls

Thursday 11 October 2018 5.30pm to 8pm
Willowfield Humanities College Wednesday 10 October 2018

6pm to 8pm

 

 

The Government has recently 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 travelling 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 have to 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. So if this is of no interest to you, please disregard this.

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/utcs/

Studio schools are similar to 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.

Secondary Free School Click to get info

Update: Waltham Forest have been advised that Barclay Secondary Free School will not be opening for the September 2018 intake.

The Lion Academy Trust has plans in place to open an eight form entry Free School for September 2019, Barclay Secondary Free School.   Whilst a site has been secured, there remains a risk that the Trust may not secure all relevant approvals in order to receive Year 7 pupils in September 2019. 

Further updates will be available here as they become available.

Parents wishing to apply for Barclay Secondary Free School for the September 2019 intake can apply directly to the school using their application form.  The application form is available directly from the school’s website.

Parents must apply for all other secondary schools online on the eAdmissions website or by using the secondary common application form.

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.

The document how school places were offered 2017 (PDF file 76KB) provides a breakdown of the numbers of places offered under each criteria on National Allocation Day for on time applicants for the September 2017 intake.

The document how school places were offered 2016 (PDF file 86KB) provides a breakdown of the numbers of places offered under each criteria on National Allocation Day for on time applicants for the September 2016 intake.

The document how school places were offered 2015 provides a breakdown of the National Allocation Day offers for the September 2015 intake.

The document how school places were offered 2014 provides a breakdown of the National Allocation Day offers for the September 2014 intake.

Key dates Click to get info

Key dates What happens?
31 October 2018 Application deadline
1 March 2019 Offer day
15 March 2019 Acceptance deadline
29 March 2019 Appeal deadline

 

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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
The Magistrates
1 Farnham Avenue 
E17 4NX

Currently we are open at The Magistrates every Monday 9.30am to 4.30pm and Wednesday from 1.30pm to 4.30pm by appointment only to meet with parents. Please note opening times are subject to change due to the demand and peaks on the timeline. Please ring 0208 496 3000 or email admissions@walthamforest.gov.uk to book your appointment.