Parents can find out more about local secondary schools at series of open days

Published: Thursday 13th September 18

Parents whose children will be starting secondary school next September can visit local schools and see what they offer at a series of open days now underway.

All 11 of the borough’s secondary schools are opening their doors to prospective parents over the coming weeks. This will give parents the chance to visit, see the facilities, speak to teaching staff and get a feel for which school best suits their child.

These open days are important because even though the 2018 academic year has only just begun - preparations are now well underway for next September’s intake, with a deadline of Wednesday, October 31 for parents to submit their choices.

Open days are now being held at Ark Putney Academy, Bolingbroke Academy, Burntwood School, Ernest Bevin College, Graveney School, Harris Academy Battersea, Southfields Academy, Ashcroft Technology Academy, Chestnut Grove Academy, Saint Cecilia’s CofE School and Saint John Bosco College. Sessions are being held both during the day and in the evenings.

Full details of all the dates and times of these introductory sessions for parents are available on the council’s website.

Parents who want a place at a secondary school must submit their completed application forms by the October 31 deadline. Parents of children living in the borough must apply online or submit their application to Wandsworth Town Hall by this date. Those living elsewhere must apply to their home borough by the same date.

This key deadline applies to parents and carers of children who are currently in Year Six at primary school and were born between September 1, 2007 and August 31, 2008.

Parents can find out more about these 11 state-funded secondary schools and detailed information on how to apply for a place by reading the council’s 'Choose a Wandsworth Secondary School' brochure.

The brochure and other helpful information about the application process can also be found at This is the same web address that parents and carers should use to make an online application.

Copies of the brochure can also be obtained by emailing or by telephoning (020) 8871 7316. Staff on that number can also help with any other queries parents and carers may have. 

Parents who submit their school choices by the October 31 deadline will be told the outcome of their applications at the beginning of March next year.

Wandsworth’s schools and education spokesman Cllr Sarah McDermott said: “Parents have many excellent secondary schools to choose from in Wandsworth.

"In the weeks leading up to October 31 parents should take full advantage of the opportunity to visit individual schools. They will be able to speak to staff and form their own opinion of the school’s suitability for their son or daughter. It is also very important that they read the admissions criteria for the schools they are interested in, to get an idea of whether their child is likely to be offered a place.

“We want to help parents make the right choice for their children. As well as these important open day events parents should also read the helpful brochure we’ve produced which contains lots of information about local schools and offers a step-by-step guide to the applications process.

"Parents can apply to up to six schools in any part of London, but they are always strongly advised to include at least one that is close to home."

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