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Transfer to secondary school 2021 – national offer day

Find information about what happens following your child’s offer of a place at a secondary school.

Parents who applied online will receive the result of their application by email during the evening of Monday 1 March 2021. Parents who applied by post will receive a letter shortly after 1 March 2021.  

Contacting us about your offer

We are expecting a high volume of telephone calls and emails from Tuesday 2 March 2021 and we ask for your patience.

We will prioritise calls and emails from parents of children who could not be offered any of their preferred schools and who have been allocated a place at an alternative school. 

What to do if your child does not get offered a place at any of the schools you apply for

Unfortunately not every child can be offered a place at the school they have applied for. In these cases we have a duty to ensure that every resident child has been offered a school place.

If your child did not qualify for a place at a school you applied for, they will get offered a place at the closest school to your home address where a place is available.

The headteacher of that school will write to welcome your child and invite you to visit the school before you decide whether to accept the offer. Our secondary schools offer modern and state-of-the-art learning facilities and the headteacher will assure you that your child can aspire and progress there.

You will be invited to meet with an admissions officer to discuss the options now available to your child. Details will be confirmed in the letter we have sent you.

Accepting our alternative offer secures a secondary school place for your child and does not affect any waiting list your child's name is added to or an admissions appeal.

Your child's name will automatically be placed on the waiting list for all of the schools you originally applied for. Waiting list positions can move up or down between 1 March and the start of the school term in September 2021 so there is still a possibility that your child may be offered a place at one of your preferred schools as the school year progresses.

If you want to accept the place you have been offered

If you made your application online you should go to www.eadmissions.org.uk to accept the place you have been offered. You will need to log into your eAdmissions account using the same user name and password you used to make your original application.

If you completed a paper application, please return your completed acceptance form to: School Admissions and Appeals Team, 2nd floor Laurence House, Catford SE6 4RU.

You must accept your place by Monday 15 March 2021.

What to do if you have been offered a place at a school you applied for but want to be considered for a higher preference school

We would advise that you initially accept the school place you have been offered. Your child's name will automatically be placed on the waiting list for all higher preference schools than the school your child has been offered. Please let us know if you no longer want your child's name to be held on a waiting list. Waiting list positions can move up or down between 1 March and the start of the school term in September 2021 so there is still a possibility that your child may be offered a place at one of your preferred schools as the school year progresses. 

If you want to appeal for a school place

You can appeal against any school you applied for that has refused your child a place.

If you wish to appeal, you must contact the admission authority for the school within the next few days for details of appeal arrangements. Details will also be posted to you advising how and when to appeal. Information on the appeals process.

Further information is published in secondary schools in Lewisham information. 

For independent advice, you can contact ACE Education Advice. For further information visit www.ace-ed.org.uk.