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Apply for a secondary school place

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

Choosing the right school for your child

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

  1. Before you apply
  2. Choosing the right school for your child
  3. How to apply
  4. Dates and deadlines

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. During Covid-19 restrictions, please telephone the school to check that tours and Open Day events are still going ahead as planned
  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

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