Latest admissions information Click to get info
All updates for entry to secondary school 2021 can be found here:
- Chingford Foundation School will now be admitting 270 pupils into year 7 for entry in September 2021
- Heathcote School and Science College will now be admitting 180 pupils into year 7 for entry in September 2021
- Norlington School and Sixth Form will now be admitting 162 pupils into year 7 for entry in September 2021
- Willowfield School will now be admitting 210 pupils into year 7 for entry in September 2021
Supplementary Information Forms Click to get info
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):
- Chingford Foundation School
- Highams Park School
- Holy Family Catholic School
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
Open evenings were held virtually in September and October 2020. However, you may still be able to access the virtual open evenings on individual school websites. Please visit the school websites for further information.
Applications for overseas children Click to get info
In most cases, children arriving from overseas have the right to attend schools in England. School admissions will not refuse to admit a child on the basis of their nationality or immigration status nor remove them from roll on this basis. It is the responsibility of parents to check that they have a right of abode and that their children have a right, under any visa entry conditions, to study at a school. Having right of abode means you are allowed to live or work in the UK without any immigration restrictions, which means:
- you will not need a visa to come to the UK
- there is no limit on the length of time you can spend in the country
If you are moving to the UK, you must check that you have a right of abode or that the conditions of your immigration status otherwise permit you to access a state-funded school. You can prove you have right of abode if you have a UK passport describing you as a British citizen or British subject with right of abode. Otherwise you need to apply for a Certificate of Entitlement. For more information please visit https://www.gov.uk/right-of-abode/apply-for-a-certificate-of-entitlement.
Applications from UK crown servants or military families
As set out in paragraph 2.18 of the School Admissions Code 2014, admission authorities and local authorities must process applications from UK crown servants or UK military families with evidence from their employers or commanding officers that they are returning to the area ahead of any move. We will accept any posting or quartering address as a ‘home’ address in the absence of any actual home address.
Schools that admit pupils at the beginning of Year 10 Click to get info
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.
National Allocation Day Offers Click to get info
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.
Related documents Click to get info
Please view the Waltham Forest Report to the Office of the Schools Adjudicator 2020 (264KB PDF)
Please view the Waltham Forest Report to the Office of the Schools Adjudicator 2019 (359KB PDF)
Please view the Waltham Forest Determined Admissions Arrangements for 2019/20 (204KB PDF)
Please view the Waltham Forest Determined Admission Arrangements for 2020/21 (216KB PDF)
Please view the Waltham Forest Determined Admission Arrangements for 2021/22 (920KB PDF)
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|
Help with completing online forms Click to get info
Contact Click to get info
School Admission - Postal Address Only
Waltham Forest Town Hall
Telephone: 020 8496 3000
School Admissions - Appointment Service
Town Hall Campus
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.