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Starting secondary school from September 2021

Find out the how the application process works for your child's application to secondary school from September 2021.

Published: 11 January 2021

Last updated: 18 March 2021

Primary to secondary transfer

All applicants will receive the outcome of their application via email. If you have been offered a school you must accept or decline your offer within 2 weeks.

How places were offered in Kensington and Chelsea and Westminster:


Schools with vacancies or short waiting lists:

Waiting lists and appeals

If your child was not offered their first preference school, they will be retained on the waiting list for any schools listed higher than the one they were offered. Waiting list positions for the following schools will be available from 26 March from the Admissions Team:

  • Harris Academy St John’s Wood
  • Paddington Academy
  • Pimlico Academy
  • Westminster Academy

For other schools you are advised to contact the school directly, or the borough in which they are located, for further advice about the waiting list process. 

There is a right to an independent appeal for any school that has been unable to offer a place. Please consult your formal outcome letter for more information about this process.

Late applications

The eAdmissions website is open until the middle of August for late applications. If you require a paper form, please contact the Admissions Team using the details at the bottom of this page.


This leaflet answers the most frequently asked questions and includes:

  • all the visiting dates and open evenings for Kensington and Chelsea secondary schools
  • dates for ability banding tests which some schools run

This brochure includes:

  • the process of applying for schools and what happens after
  • oversubscription criteria for all Westminster secondary schools
  • how places were offered in the previous year
  • useful information to assist in the transition from primary to secondary school 

Further information to assist your research

Some schools use the home to school distance as a main criteria for allocating places. Distance maps are available to give you an idea of the home to school distance.

Resources are also available with specific guidance for residents in the north and south of the borough.

Contact us

If your need a paper application form, or require some further guidance on the process, please call 020 7745 6433 (weekdays, 9am to 2pm).

Email: [email protected]