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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: 11 January 2021

Primary to secondary transfer

If your child is in Year 6 of primary school from September 2020, you will need to start the process of applying for a secondary school place for September 2021.

The closing date for applications is 31 October 2020.

In order for you to be fully informed about the applications process, and how to find out more about the schools you may be interested in applying to, a handy hints and tips leaflet is available as well as a detailed online brochure.

The eAdmissions website will open on 1 September for online applications and is the recommended way to apply. If you require a paper form, please contact the Admissions Team using the details at the bottom of this page.

Coronavirus (COVID-19) update

Some schools that test for aptitude may have changed dates for aptitude testing in response to ongoing changes to COVID-19 related issues.

Despite these changes, you should still register your child for tests by published deadlines. You should also submit your online application by the national closing date, 31 October 2020.

If you receive the results of a test after 31 October 2020, you may make changes your applications preferences. This is such as to add or remove a selective school.

Please ensure that you email [email protected] with any changes by 10 December 2020. Changes to preference after this date will only be considered after places are offered on 1 March 2021.

If you live outside Westminster, you will need to contact the local authority for the their policy on making changes to a school admissions application.


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 

School open days and evenings

Westminster Schools hold open days and evenings during September and October, though some of these will be held ‘virtually’ online. Please check the school’s website or call the schools office to check for updates.

The Westminster secondary leaflet and brochure was published at a time of ongoing changes in COVID-19 guidance and changes will have made for some schools.

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]