Find out how to apply, or how to respond to an offer you've received.

If your child was born between 1 September 2008 and 31 August 2009, or is in year 6 for the 2019-20 school year, you must apply for a secondary school place for September 2020.

The deadline for on-time applications was midnight on Thursday 31 October 2019.

If you have not applied already, you still need to do so online for your child to start secondary school in September 2020. This form will be counted as a late application and will be processed after 2 March 2020.

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1. Secondary National Offer Day - Monday 2 March 2020

If you applied for your child's secondary school place before the deadline of 31 October 2019 online, you will receive an email in the evening of 2 March asking you to log in to your child’s online application to view the outcome. Alternatively you can log in to the eadmissions portal below to access the outcome. Please read the details given, and accept the offer by 15 March 2020 to secure it.

Log in to the eadmissions portal to access your online account

Only if you applied using a paper Common Application Form will an outcome letter be posted first class to you on 2 March with a reply form to be returned by the same date.

Responding to your offer

It is vital that you respond to the offer the offer your child has been made by Monday 16 March 2020

If you are unsure how to do this online, please see our instructions for accepting your child's offer.

Further advice about the secondary transfer 2020/21 admissions process

For further information on this and what to do about the outcome of your application please see one of the following question and answer sheets:

Most of the advice given by the School Admissions Team is stated in the details contained in the above information sheets. If, after reading the relevant Q&A sheet you still have questions that are not covered, please contact Lambeth School Admissions Team on 020 7926 9503.

Details of waiting list places will not be available immediately, as lists need to be reordered which may take a couple of weeks or so to include late applications etc.

Due to possible reduced staff availability in schools and unknown time frames regarding lock down, the date and format of school inductions, uniform collections etc will be affected. Parents/carers with offers at a school will be contacted by school staff about the next steps, but please bear with them as they work through the requirements in this time.

You can view details of how offers were made for Lambeth schools on National Offer Day.

If you wish to apply for more schools and applied online for your child's original application, you will need to use a Lambeth paper Common Application Form, as only one online application can be submitted.

If you applied after 31 October 2019, your application will be processed after 2 March 2020 and an outcome letter sent in due course afterwards. There are no set timescales for outcome letters to be sent.

2. Before you apply: New applicants, or applying for more schools

It's important to know how the secondary school transfer process works and what you need to do and when.

Please read our booklet for full information about the admissions process, admission criteria and open days for each Lambeth school.

You may also find it useful to read our brief guide to starting secondary school in Lambeth 2020/21 booklet

You can view details of how offers were made in previous years to help you decide which schools to apply for, though please be aware that this is only for reference and cannot be used as a guarantee of how places will be offered for the 2020/21 intake.

It is strongly advised that you visit the schools you wish to apply for, details of Lambeth schools open days are in the booklets mentioned above. You may wish to look at a school's Ofsted report for the schools too.

If your child is attending a through school and you wish them to continue into Year 7 at that school, you do not need to complete a secondary transfer application. However, it is advised that you confirm this intention with staff at your child's current school.

Children with special educational needs and, or disabilities (SEND)

If your child has an Education, Health and Care Plan (EHCP), you'll need to apply for a school place in a different way.

Read about choosing and applying for a school for a child with an ECHP in the SEND Local Offer.

Applying for a school place using the e-admissions portal when your child has an EHCP will not be valid and your child may miss out on a school place.

If you don't live in Lambeth

If you live in a different borough but want to send your child to a school in Lambeth, please apply through your home council's website so that you the see information for your borough, or complete their paper application form.

Applying for schools in a different borough

If you live in Lambeth and want to apply for a school in a different borough, you'll still need to apply through the Lambeth school admissions team and follow the application process on this page.

You can find the school admissions details for school places in neighbouring boroughs.

3. How to apply for a school place

You must apply for a secondary school place using the Common Application Form on the eAdmissions website. Applications can be made until 20 August online. If you have already applied online, and live in Lambeth, you will need to use a Lambeth paper Common Application Form.

Please see pages 17 to 19 in the starting secondary school in Lambeth 2020/21 booklet.

Please note that if you had created an eadmissions account in the past and have not used it in the last three years, you may need to create a new account, as some historical accounts/children's details will have been deleted in compliance with GDPR.

Apply for a secondary school place

If you experience problems logging into the eAdmissions website, or the website functionality or with validating email addresses and mobile numbers, please call the London Grid for Learning support line on 020 8255 5555 and press option 1.

ParentComms

The ParentComms:Mobile app is an alternative way to receive notifications from the eAdmissions website and is designed to help parents stay connected with their child's school.

If you don’t already use ParentComms through your child's school, you will need to download the ParentComms app from the Apple AppStore, Google Play or Windows Phone Store to a mobile device and register your eAdmissions USO username and password to receive the following push notifications from the eAdmissions website:

If you can't apply online, or are making a second application for your child

If you live in Lambeth, you can download the Lambeth paper Common Application Form.

Completed forms will need to be handed in by appointment at the Lambeth Customer Service Centre or sent back to us by email or post.

Appointments are required for staff to check the documents handed in and will last around 10 minutes. Most appointments will be available for the same day or the following day.

You can book an appointment online or in person at the Customer Service Centre.

However, if you are unable to visit the Customer Service Centre and wish us to process an application or proof of address documentation etc, you can email these to schooladmissions@lambeth.gov.uk on the understanding that the security of any unsecured/unencrypted sensitive information which is emailed to us is the responsibility of the sender. By emailing us such documents unencrypted, you are accepting full responsibility for its security. If possible, we would recommend that items are sent securely via an email encryption package (we use egress switch which is free).

If you choose to send your application by post, you must use the correct postage and send it to:

Lambeth School Admissions Team
London Borough of Lambeth
PO Box 734
Winchester
S023 5DG

4. Proof of address and child's date of birth

When you apply for a school place you'll need to provide proof your address and your child's date of birth.

You must upload the correct documents for you and your child to the eAdmissions website even if you are applying late. If you've filled in a paper form, you must include these documents when you submit your application.

Without this documentation your child’s application may be withdrawn and no offer made at a school.

Take a look at the required documents list to ensure you provide what is needed.

Change of details

If you move address after submitting your application, you must tell us about this so we can contact you if we need more information or to tell you the result of your application.

To tell us about your change of address, you'll need to fill in our school admissions change of address form and provide proof of your new address for and your child.

You will also need to tell us if you have a change of medical circumstances or a sibling starts at a preferred school. You can do this by sending an email to the school admissions team at schooladmissions@lambeth.gov.uk.

Changes to preferences after the deadline for on time applications are not permitted.

5. Supplementary Information Forms and admissions tests

Supplementary Information Forms (SIFs)

Some schools ask you to complete a SIF to provide extra information when you apply for a place.

If your child's Common Application Form is submitted after 31 October 2019, you still must complete any SIFs for the schools that require them to ensure that your child's details can be considered fully in accordance with the school's admissions criteria. This is addition to the Common Application Form being submitted.

Check pages 8 and 9 of the brief guide booklet and the 'how to apply' section in the Starting secondary school in Lambeth 2020/21 booklet to see which schools ask for these, and their deadlines.

Download a Lambeth Supplementary Information Form.

If you're applying for schools in other boroughs, please check their council website to see if a SIF is needed.

Admissions tests

Some schools require children to sit a test. These are used for banding, to ensure children of all abilities are considered.

It is important that you child sits these tests where used otherwise your child may miss out on a place at preferred school. In addition to this, some schools have bursary auditions.

More details about how the tests are used can be found in the starting secondary school in Lambeth 2020/21 booklet.

The date for the test used by some Lambeth schools is Saturday 9 November 2019. Your child will be invited to sit the test once a SIF has been received on time by the relevant school.

If you wish to apply for a Wandsworth school, you need to register for your child to sit the Wandsworth test between 1 July and 6 September 2019.

For details about tests for schools in other boroughs contact the school or borough directly.

It is vital that your child sits the tests required for the schools you apply for, otherwise this will significantly reduce the likelihood of your child gaining a place at the school.

6. Contact us

If you need advice on applying for a school place, you can email us at schooladmissions@lambeth.gov.uk or call the School Admissions Team Call Centre on 020 7926 9503.

7. Lambeth School Admissions privacy notice

In accordance with the General Data Protection Act 2018, this document states how the information you give is used for school admissions and safeguarding purposes. Also for information on how Lambeth Council processes personal data please see our Privacy Notice.

If you need any further information about Lambeth Council's privacy notice please email infogov@lambeth.gov.uk.