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Trying your Best Equals Success If you Believe you will Achieve

Trying your Best Equals Success
If you Believe you will Achieve

Secondary Transition

   Welcome to year 6 transition to secondary school  2023/2024.


The closing date for online application through eAdmissions is 31st October 2023.




Should you require any further assistance contact Anita on the 02086985768.

Starting secondary school in Lewisham

Starting secondary school can be daunting, but with the right support it can be a really exciting time! We spoke to some pupils and parents in Lewisham secondary schools to find out how their first year in secondary school was for them. Thanks to Deptford Green, Conisborough College and Forest Hill School.


Schools’ admissions criteria and

supplementary information forms



All schools have admissions criteria to decide which children get places



For most secondary schools, there are more applicants than places available. All schools have admissions criteria to decide which children are offered a place.
When you are applying, you should read the admissions criteria for your preferred schools. This will help you find out if your child has a good chance of being offered a place.


The criteria are not the same for every school. They may give priority to children who:

  • have a brother or sister at the school already
  • live close to the school
  • are from a particular religion (for faith schools)
  • are in care or being looked after (all schools must have this as a top priority).


Distance to school

The most common factor used is the distance from your home to the school, so we recommend you name your nearest school as one of your preferences. You can view a map showing secondary school admissions by distance to get an understanding of how these distances affected schools across the borough last year.


Read the admissions criteria

Some schools in the borough use our criteria for community schools (state-funded schools managed by the local authority), and others have their own criteria for deciding which children to admit. You can read the full criteria for community schools or visit school websites to read their criteria.


Do you need to complete a supplementary information form?



Some schools in the borough need to collect information that is not included in the application form. For these schools, you need to complete the school's supplementary information form as well as naming the school on your application.


Schools use this information to see which children meet their admissions criteria. For example, a faith school may ask for evidence of church attendance.


You can get supplementary information forms directly from the school, or download them from the school’s website. You should complete and return the form to the school directly by 31 October 2023. 


Don't forget

  • School open events are happening now and are different this year– attend as many as you can.


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