Secondary School Transfer at Hitherfield
The process across the year and the schools our children went on to attend
SEPTEMBER - Parents usually start to think about the Secondary School process when their children are in Year 5. Each September/October, secondary schools in Lambeth and in neighbouring boroughs, advertise open days and evenings when you can visit their schools. It is a good idea to start to look at the schools you are interested in early, so you don't have to visit so many when your child moves up to Year 6.
In early September when your child is in Year 6, you will be invited to attend a meeting at Hitherfield to discuss the application process. Details of open days and evenings of schools in Lambeth as well as in neighbouring boroughs such as Croydon, Merton, Wandsworth and Southwark are made available. A speaker from at least one local secondary school in Lambeth is also invited to attend and available for you to speak to.
If you are interested in your child attending a school in Wandsworth, your child will be required to sit the Year 6 test in this month, usually in the third week of September. You have to register your child for this via an online application on the Wandsworth Admissions website, in July and August and the deadline for applications closes in early September. The Wandsworth Test consists of verbal and non-verbal reasoning and papers are called the 11 plus. Practice materials can be purchased through GL Assessment. Please note there is usually only one test date.
OCTOBER - Parents submit an online application called a CAF (Common Application Form), to the borough in which they live (usually Lambeth), with a deadline by the end of the October half term. This is usually around October 31st. If you do not have access to email or the internet at home, you can apply online at the Customer Service Centre, Olive Morris House, Brixton Tel : 0207 926 1000. Alternatively, Olive Morris House have a limited number of paper CAFs available. You will have a choice of up to 6 schools and can choose from any borough. Only list the schools you would be happy to send your child to and do not just use up the 6 choices. Be mindful, if you list only 1 or 2 schools and do not meet the admissions criteria, you run the risk of being offered an allocated school. This could be a school anywhere within your home borough. Look at the admissions criteria for each school very carefully. For most parents distance-how far you live from the school- and whether there is a sibling already in the school, will be the main criteria. In Lambeth, you are required to submit proof of address evidence to support your application. Details of what is accepted can be found on the Lambeth website.
If you miss the October 31st Deadline, you must submit an application as soon as possible to your home borough. Please be mindful late applications are considered after all of the on time applications have been processed and will affect what school your child is eventually offered.
Many Lambeth schools also require you to submit a Supplementary or SIF form by the October 31st deadline. The forms are available to download from the secondary schools and Lambeth websites and must be handed into each individual school that requires one. At present they are not available to submit electronically. Please note, some of the faith schools in Lambeth such as Bishop Thomas Grant or La Retraite, also require you to submit evidence of your child's baptism and attendance at the place of worship. Check with the individual schools if there is a specific SIF form for applying for a scholarship or bursary. E.g. In Lambeth, Norwood School offers visual and performing Arts bursaries. In Southwark, Kingsdale offers Art, Maths, Music and Sports’ scholarships.
NOVEMBER - In mid November your child will be required to sit the Lambeth Test for many of the secondary schools within the borough. A list of the current schools that require the test can be found here.
Children sit verbal reasoning, non-verbal reasoning and maths’ papers. Practice materials can be purchased through GL Assessment.
If you apply for more than one Lambeth school that has the test, your child will only have to sit it once at a school of your choosing. Schools then share the results. Please note, there is only one test date and your child must sit it to be considered for a place at that school. They will not be offered a place otherwise.
DECEMBER - If you are interested in one of the Harris schools within our neighbouring boroughs, your child will be asked to sit the Harris Test. There is usually 2 test dates in early December and you will be informed of the date for your child via the relevant school. The Harris Test consists of non verbal reasoning and test papers again, can be purchased through GL Assessment.
JANUARY - if you are considering a scholarship or bursary for a private school, such as Dulwich College in Southwark, Whitgift schools in Croydon, Streatham and Clapham High in Lambeth, relevant aptitude test dates usually fall in this month.
MARCH - National Offers Day. This is usually March 1st and you will find out which school your child has been offered. Your child will be offered 1 school. Parents are invited by email to log in to the e-admissions system - through which they submitted their CAFs - to find out the outcome. In 2017 parents were told to log in after 5pm. For parents who submitted a paper CAF application, a letter with the outcome will be posted to your home address.
Parents usually have 2 weeks in which to inform schools (if an academy) or the admissions departments of their local authorities whether they accept their child's offer.
Information from Lambeth can be found here if your child has not been successful in a first choice offer, has been given an allocated offer or not been given an offer at all.
Appeals forms usually have to be submitted to Lambeth for community or voluntary controlled schools by the end of March. Please contact Lambeth Admissions for more specific information. Academies such as Dunraven control their own appeals and should be contacted directly.
APRIL-JULY- Appeal hearings are heard.
Further rounds of offers are made to parents once acceptances or rejections from March 1st have been received. Parents should contact whoever holds the waiting list, the school if it's an academy such as Dunraven or local authority if it's a community school such as The Elmgreen, to say whether they wish for their child to remain on the list. Parents will be advised how long their child can remain on the list.
In September 2016 our Year 6 children went to the following secondary schools.
Dunraven School = 49
Harris Academies in Southwark, Croydon and Merton = 8
City Heights E-ATC Academy = 5
The Elmgreen School = 6
Lambeth Academy = 1
The Norwood School = 3
St Josephs College, Croydon = 3
Kingsdale School = 1
Non Such High School for Girls, Sutton = 1
Langley Park School, Bromley = 1
La Retraite Catholic School for Girls = 1
St Catherine’s Catholic School, Bexleyheath = 1
1 child went on to be home educated
1 went on to live abroad