Just over one week left to submit secondary school choices

Published: Wednesday, October 23, 2019

There is just over one week left for parents to submit their secondary school choices for September 2020.

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Parents whose children recently started their final year at primary school are being reminded that their applications for a secondary school place next year must be submitted by Thursday, October 31.

This crucial deadline applies to children who were born between September 1, 2008 and August 31, 2009.

Cabinet member for education Cllr Will Sweet said: “I cannot emphasise strongly enough to parents just how important it is to meet this October 31 deadline.

“Missing it could limit their school choices for next year and make it much harder to get into the schools they prefer.

“To avoid this scenario all people need to do is get their application in on time. Parents can list up to six schools in any part of London on their application but it’s strongly recommended they include at least one close to where they live.

"They should 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.”

To help parents make their choices, the town hall has produced a helpful brochure containing details of all 11 of the borough’s state-funded secondary schools and detailed information on how the admissions process works.

This 'Choose a Wandsworth Secondary School' brochure, plus lots of other helpful information is available 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.

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

Parents of children living in the borough must apply online or submit their application form to Wandsworth Town Hall by the October 31 deadline. Those living elsewhere must apply to their home borough by the same date.

People who submit their school choices ahead of this month’s deadline will be told the outcome of their applications at the beginning of March 2020. 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.

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.

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.