If you miss the deadline of 31 October 2017 your child's application will not be looked at until after National Offer Day when the vast majority of places have been filled.
If you live in a different borough to Lambeth, please view your home borough's school admissions information, even if you are applying for a Lambeth school.
If your child has a Statement of Special Educational Needs or an Education Health Care Plan you must contact the Special Education Needs and Disabilities Team on 020 7926 9460 to apply. The application form via this page will not be valid.
Not sure what to apply for? See our year groups and what to apply for.
It is important to know how the process works and what you need to do and when. Please read through our Secondary schools in Lambeth 2018/19 booklet before applying.
Also basic information can be found in our A brief guide to secondary schools in Lambeth 2018/19 booklet. Also, please see the Addendum for secondary 2018/19 booklets and amendment notice
You can view details of how offers were made for Lambeth state secondary schools on National Offer Day 2017 which may also assist in deciding which schools to apply for.
Also check admissions booklets produced by neighbouring boroughs for details about their schools, if you wish to apply for schools outside Lambeth.
Apply online and on time!
We strongly advise you to apply online. Online applications can be made from 1 September 2017 via the online application portal below. Applying online is:
- free, easy and secure
- it uses a quick, easy to use step-by-step format
- your application won’t get lost in the post
- drop down school lists help reduce errors and save you time
- information can be checked online and changed at any point without the need to fill in another form
- you can attach copies of any medical or social paperwork you wish to be considered. Just submit the application first then click on the ‘attach document’ button
- this online system is available seven days a week, 24 hours a day until midnight on Tuesday 31 October 2017
- you get the outcome of your child’s application on the evening of 1 March 2018
- last year, 95% of Lambeth residents applied online and all of these families received an offer of a place.
See pages 17-19 of the Secondary Schools in Lambeth 2018/19 booklet for a step-by-step guide on applying online.
Do it online (external site)
What you need to know...
If you are experiencing problems logging into your online application account, please 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 but these are only families who cannot access the internet. You can collect a paper form from Lambeth Customer Service Centre, Brixton from 1 September 2017.
To send us your completed form:
- hand it in at Lambeth Customer Service Centre, Olive Morris House, Brixton
- or post it to us using the correct postage to Lambeth School Admissions Team, 10th Floor, International House Canterbury Crescent London SW9 7QE
Proof of address
You must upload the correct proof of address documents to your online application, or take them to the Lambeth Customer Service Centre by the deadline of Tuesday 31 October 2017 otherwise your child’s application may be withdrawn and no offer made at a school. Please refer to the required documents list to ensure you provide what is needed.
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.
Check pages 20 and 21 as well as the 'how to apply' section in the schools pages in the Secondary Schools in Lambeth 2018/19 booklet to see which schools ask for these, and their deadlines.
For schools in other boroughs, please check their literature.
If your child's Common Application Form is submitted after 31 October 2017, 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.
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. Full/further details regarding Lambeth schools and how the test is used are published with their admissions criteria is in the Secondary Schools in Lambeth 2018/19 booklet.
The date for the test used by some Lambeth schools is Saturday 11 November 2017. Your child will be invited to sit the test once a SIF has been received on time by the relevant school.
National Offer Day - 1 March 2018
If you applied online before the deadline, you will be sent the official outcome of your child's CAF electronically on 1 March 2018. If you applied on time using a paper CAF an outcome letter will be posted first class on 1 March 2018.
If you applied after 31 October 2017 your application will be processed after 1 March 2018 and an outcome letter sent in due course afterwards. There are no set timescales for outcome letters to be sent.
Moving house or change of details
The Lambeth School Admissions Team will consider your application using the details you provide on your form.
If you move address you must tell the School Admissions Team of your new address so we are able to contact you if we need more information or to tell you the result of your application. To inform the Team of the new address please complete the Lambeth School Admissions change of address form. Also you will need to provide new proof of address documentation for you and your child.
This also applies if you have a change of medical circumstances or a sibling starts at a preferred school. Please note that changes to preferences after the deadline for on time applications are not permitted.
If you need more advice on making an application, contact: