Deadline looms for parents to submit secondary school choices
Published: Friday, October 16, 2020
The deadline for parents to submit their secondary school choices for next September is now looming large on the horizon.
There is just over a fortnight left for parents to identify which secondary schools they would like their children to start attending next year.
The formal process to apply for a September 2021 secondary school place is now up and running –with all applications needing to be submitted by Saturday, October 31.
This crucial deadline applies to children born between September 1, 2009 and August 31, 2010 who have just started Year 6 at primary school.
Parents can find out more about Wandsworth’s 11 state-funded secondary schools and helpful information on how to apply for a place by reading the council’s latest 'Choose a Wandsworth Secondary School' brochure.
The brochure and more information outlining the application process can also be found on the council’s website. Parents and carers who want to make an online application will find a link to the e-admissions website on this page.
Parents of children living in the borough must apply online or submit their application form to Wandsworth Town Hall by the October 31 deadline. This includes parents who are applying for a school place in another borough.
People who submit their choices on time will be told the outcome of their applications at the beginning of March 2021. Those who have applied online will receive an email notification while those who’ve submitted a paper application will receive a letter sent by first class mail.
Cabinet member for education Cllr Will Sweet said: “To help parents choose the right school we’ve produced a brochure that contains lots of helpful information about each one and also provides a straightforward step-by-step guide to the admissions process.
"Parents need to list the schools they would like their child to attend in order of preference. The London-wide admissions system is designed to allocate them a place at their highest ranked school of choice, as long as they meet the published admissions criteria.
“They can list up to six schools in any part of London on their application but it is always recommended to include at least one that is close to where they live.”
People who apply online, using the secure and confidential pan-London e-admissions website, will receive helpful tips and prompts as they go through the process.
Online applications can be edited and amended as often as parents choose right up to the deadline and each time it is completed parents will receive an email notification confirming the application has been properly received and registered.