Secondary Transfer

Dates and deadlines

If your child is due to start secondary school, you must apply online

You can apply from 1 September 2022, and you must apply by the deadline, 31 October 2022. We recommend you apply by 21 October 2022, just in case there are any problems with getting online or logging into the site.

29 November 2022: this is your deadline to submit a social medical application

1 March 2023: you’ll get an offer by email in the evening

15 March 2023: this is your deadline to accept (or turn down) your school place

6 April 2023: you must send in any appeals for an Islington community school by this date. You can appeal even if you’ve accepted the school place offered.

Late applications

If we get your application after 31 October 2022 then your application will be marked as late. This means that it will not be considered until we have allocated school places for all applications received on time. This could reduce your chances of getting a place at the school you want.

If there are exceptional reasons why it was not possible to make your application by the deadline, please email us at admissions@islington.gov.uk. Make sure to attach any letters or other documents that help explain and support your reason.

Choosing the right school for your child

  1. Apply on time – only 40% of applicants who applied late were offered one of their preferred schools compared to 97% of on time applicants
  2. Remember to apply even if your child’s older sibling already attends your preferred school. There is no automatic entry for siblings – you must submit an application
  3. Check the school website – there is a wealth of useful information available.
  4. Visit schools – this is the best way to get a ‘feel’ for the school. You can meet a member of the leadership team, ask questions and see the school in action. 
  5. Think about what is right for your child – don’t rely on what others tell you, visit the school and experience it first-hand
  6. Talk to your child – involve them as much as you can
  7. Think about the journey – how easy will it be to get to the school? Some schools may be further away but are easier to get to
  8. Check the admission criteria and cut-off distance – how likely is it that your child will be offered a place? You can check by clicking on the link in the school fact file in the secondary admissions booklet
  9. Use all six preferences – make sure you include at least one local school
  10. Ask the School Admissions team for advice – they can’t tell you which schools to apply for, but they can explain the admission criteria and check whether you would have got a place last year 

Make sure you press ‘submit’ when you finish your online application. You should then receive a reference number confirming safe receipt. If you need further advice, contact the School Admissions team.

Tel: 020 7527 5515

Email: admissions@islington.gov.uk

Applications for SEND children and children with a EHCP

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