If your child was born between 1 September 2007 and 31 August 2008, or is in year 6 for the 2018-19 school year, you can apply for a secondary school place for September 2019. The deadline for applications is midnight on Wednesday 31 October 2018.

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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 and admission criteria for each Lambeth school.

You may also find it useful to read our brief guide to secondary schools in Lambeth 2019-20 booklet. If you received a hard copy of this booklet please note the details in the related addendum.

You can view details of how offers were made in previous years to help you decide which schools to apply for:

Secondary transfer meetings for parents and carers

These meetings have been organised to explain the secondary transfer coordinated admission arrangements and to give you the opportunity to ask questions about the procedure.

The meetings will be on the following dates:

  • Monday 10 September 2018, 4.30pm to 5.30pm, St John's (Angell Town) CE Primary School, 85 Angell Road, SW9 8ND
  • Thursday 13 September 2018, 6.30pm to 7.30pm, Julian's Primary School (Streatham site), 226 Leigham Court Road, SW16 2RB

These meetings are open to all parents and carers of children transferring to secondary school in 2019, even if they do not attend the above schools. Please ensure that if you bring any children to the above meetings they remain with you at all times. Lambeth Council and school staff cannot be held liable for unaccompanied children in the building, nor can they take any responsibility for children brought to meetings.

Please ensure that if you bring any children to the above meetings they remain with you at all times. Lambeth Council and school staff can't be held liable for unaccompanied children in the building, nor can they take any responsibility for children brought to meetings.

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

If your child has an Education Health 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 neighbouring boroughs on the Apply for a school place in another borough - guide page.

2. How to apply for a school place

You must apply for a primary school place using the eAdmissions website. Applications can be made from 1 September 2018.

See pages 17 to 19 in the Secondary schools in Lambeth 2019-20 booklet for a step-by-step guide on applying online before clicking on the link below to the application portal.

Apply for a secondary school place

If you experience problems logging into the eAdmissions website, call the London Grid for Learning support line on 020 8255 5555 and press option 1.

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 families who can't access the internet.

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 about 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, make sure you must use the correct postage and preferably signed for or recorded delivery.

Applications should be sent to:

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

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 by 31 October 2018. If you've filled in a paper form, you must send 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'll 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.

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 in addition to submitting your school place application by 31 October 2018.

Check pages 8 and 9 of the brief guide booklet and the 'how to apply' section in the Secondary Schools in Lambeth 2019-20 booklet to see which schools ask for these, and their deadlines.

The secondary school SIFs will be available from this page shortly.

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.

To find more information about how the tests are used, check the school's admissions criteria in the Secondary Schools in Lambeth 2019-20 booklet.

The date for the test used by some Lambeth schools is Saturday 10 November 2018. 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 secondary school, and your child attends a Wandsworth primary school, your child will sit the test there.

If you child doesn't attend a Wandsworth primary school, you must register before 7 September for your child to be invited to a test session.

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 Wednesday 31 October 2018, your application will be treated as a 'late application'.

This means:

  • 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 so you can apply on time.

6. Offers

Secondary National Offer Day - Friday 1 March 2019.

If you apply online, you'll be sent an email on 1 March 2019 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 1 March 2019.

7. 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 call centre on 020 7926 9503.