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.
Sections in this guide (click title to view)
- 1. Before you apply
- 2. How to apply for a school place
- 3. Proof of address and child's date of birth
- 4. Supplementary Information Forms and admissions tests
- 5. Applying after the deadline
- 6. Offers
- 7. Contact us
1. Before you apply
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 A 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 a EHCP will not be valid and your child may miss out on a school place.
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 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.
2. 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 30 June 2020 online.
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.
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.
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:
- A reminder to submit any un-submitted applications 1 week before as well as 24 hours before the closing date. (If you register less than 24 hours before the deadline you will not be able to be sent this message).
- Your application reference number of your submitted application
- The outcome of your application.
If you can't apply online
There will be a very limited amount of paper forms for applying for a secondary school place. These are only for use in previously agreed exceptional circumstances.
Completed forms will need to be handed in by appointment at the Lambeth Customer Service Centre or sent back to us by 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.
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
3. 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 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Changes to preferences after the deadline for on time applications are not permitted.
4. 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.
You must ensure that you complete these forms where needed and return them to the school by their deadline for the admissions criteria to be looked at fully. 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.
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 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.
5. Applying after the deadline
If you apply after 31 October 2019, your application will be treated as a 'late application'.
- your preferences will be considered after all the preferences received on time have been allocated
- the likelihood of gaining a place at your preferred school may be significantly reduced.
If you need help to complete your application or advice on applying, contact us as soon as possible.
Secondary National Offer Day is Monday 2 March 2020
If you apply online, you'll be sent an email on 2 March 2020 telling you your child's school place offer. You can also check the offer on the eAdmissions website.
If you apply by post, you will receive a letter with the outcome by post on 2 March 2020.
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.