Secondary School Transfer

The process across the year and the schools our children went on to attend

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 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 an information 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. 

 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 will need to register your child for this via an online application on the Wandsworth Admissions website.  Registration opens in July/August and closes in early September.  The Wandsworth Test consists of verbal and non-verbal reasoning.  Practice materials can be purchased through GL Assessment. There are also some free materials available on their website.

 OCTOBER - Parents submit an online application for the schools they would like for their child, to the (home) borough in which they live.  This is called a  CAF (Common Application Form), The deadline is usually October 31st.  If you do not have access to email or the internet at home or need support in completing your application, you can make an appointment to see a customer advisor at the Lambeth Civic Centre in Brixton.

You will have a choice of up to 6 schools to list on your CAF and can choose from any borough. Only list the schools you would be happy to send your child to and do not just "fill up the form".  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 siblings (if there is already a brother or sister attending)  will be the main criteria for which your child will be considered.   In Lambeth, you are required to submit proof of address  and date of birth documents  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 a CAF 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.  This will affect what school your child is eventually offered. 

Many schools also require you to submit a supplementary  form (SIF).  The deadline for these in Lambeth is typically 31st October, but it can vary so please check with each school you are considering. If a school requires a SIF, the forms are available to download from their websites.  It must be completed and handed into each individual school that requires one. A few schools in Lambeth allow you to submit SIF's electronically.  These include Dunraven, Norwood and La Retraite.   Check with individual schools if there is a specific SIF to apply for a scholarship or bursary. E.g. in Lambeth, Norwood offers visual and performing Arts bursaries. In Southwark, Kingsdale offers Music and Sports’ scholarships.

NOVEMBER - In mid-November your child will be required to sit the Lambeth Test.  This consists of verbal reasoning, non-verbal reasoning and Maths.  Practice materials can be purchased through GL Assessment.  There are also some free materials available to download on their website.

 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 share the results. Please note, there is only one test date in Lambeth and your child must sit it in order to be considered for a place. 

DECEMBER - If you are interested in one of the Harris schools your child will be asked to sit the Harris Test.  This applies to Harris Crystal Palace & South Norwood. The test date is usually in early December. The Harris Test consists of non verbal reasoning.

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 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 usually have 2 weeks to inform schools (if an academy) or School Admissions if they accept their child's offer. 

If you are unhappy with your offer you can appeal. Appeals forms (usually obtained through  individual schools) usually have to be submitted to Lambeth for community or voluntary controlled schools by the end of March.  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 of their first choice preference, the school if it's an academy such as Dunraven or the local authority if it's a community school such as The Elmgreen.


Our 2022/23 Year 6 Cohort went to the following Secondary Schools:







Kingsdale (Southwark)                






Graveney (Wandsworth)



Trinity Academy   



Chestnut Grove (Wandsworth)              


St Gabriel’s College                           



City Heights                                             


La Retraite                                   






The Elms Academy                                 


Harris Academy Clapham                   



Harris Academy Crystal Palace (Croydon)  


Ark Academy Walworth (Southwark) 



St Thomas More (Kensington&Chelsea)


Charter North Dulwich (Southwark)       


Dulwich College (Independent)      



St Josephs College (Croydon)               


Whitgift (Independent)             



St Marks CofE Academy (Merton)         


Oasis Academy Southbank                    


Bishop Thomas Grant                               


The Laurels (Independent)